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Developing a rubric

A rubric is a tool for assessing criteria at varying levels of achievement for a specific task. It allows students to become aware of the learning outcomes of a task and specific assessment criteria for the task. A rubric also allows students to edit their own work more effectively and takes the guesswork out of how successful they were in achieving the task.

An example of a rubric for constructing a life cycle could look like this, but it is a valuable activity to jointly construct the rubric with your students.

In my life cycle explanation I ... Yes No

wrote a title



showed at least three stages of development



drew clear pictures that showed each stage



labelled each stage



used words that showed the order of events



used scientific language



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