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Discussion Rubric

 

Use the guidelines below as you work on Discussion Activities in your course.

In this course, you have discussion boards. It is highly suggested that you do the Discussion Boards only after earning an 80% or higher on your Mastery Tests for that Unit and also possibly after having completed some of the lesson activities. 

CATEGORY

Mastery

 

100-90%

Proficient

 

89-80%

Beginning

 

79-70%

Lacking

Proficiency

69-50%

Focus on Topic

(Content)

There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information.

Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general.

Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information.

The main idea is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information.

Support for

Topic

(Content)

Relevant, telling, quality details give

the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious or predictable.

Supporting details and information are relevant, but one key issue or portion of the storyline is unsupported.

Supporting details and information are relevant, but several key issues or portions of the storyline are unsupported.

Supporting details and information are typically unclear or not related to the topic.

Accuracy of

Facts

(Content)

All supportive facts are reported accurately.

Almost all supportive facts are reported accurately.

Most supportive facts are reported accurately.

NO facts are reported OR most are inaccurately reported.

Recognition of Reader (Voice)

The reader's questions are anticipated and answered thoroughly and completely.

The reader's questions are anticipated and answered to some extent.

The reader is left with one or two questions. More information is needed to "fill in the blanks".

The reader is left with several questions.

Adding

Personality

(Voice)

The writer seems to be writing from knowledge or experience. The author has taken the ideas and made them "his own."

The writer seems to be drawing on knowledge or experience, but there is some lack of ownership of the topic.

The writer relates some of his own knowledge or experience, but it adds nothing to the discussion of the topic.

The writer has not tried to transform the information in a personal way. The ideas and the way they are expressed seem to belong to someone else.

Grammar &

Spelling

(Conventions)

Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling. 

Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling.

Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling.

Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling.

 

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