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Grading Rubric for the Formal Observation Report

Teacher Name: Ms. Vilhotti

Student Name:     ________________________________________

Grader Name: _____________________________U_____________

 

 

 

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Rhetorical Purpose 40%

Every section of the paper successfully fulfils its purpose, containing a clear focus and abundant content. Student uses language to create a voice that is appropriate for a scientific audience.

Most sections of the paper fulfill their purpose, containing a clear focus and sufficient content. For the most part, student uses language to create a voice that is appropriate for a scientific audience.

Some sections of the paper fulfill their purpose, while other sections lack focus and/or content. Student uses language to create a voice that is slightly conversational, unscientific, or imprecise.

Most sections of the paper lack focus and/or proper content. Student uses language to create a voice that is extremely conversational, unscientific, biased, or imprecise.

Logic and Argument

 

40%

Hypothesized relationship between the variables is clear and reasonable based on what has been observed. Student backs up hypothesis and proposed experiment with detailed supporting evidence from the observation. Observation (results section) is detailed, clear, and focused.

Hypothesized relationship between the variables is clear and reasonable based on what has been observed. Student partially backs up hypothesis and proposed experiment with some supporting evidence from the observation. Observation (results section) is somewhat detailed, clear, and focused.

Hypothesized relationship between the variables is somewhat unclear and/or not completely reasonable based on what has been observed. Student fails to backs up hypothesis and proposed experiment with sufficient supporting evidence from the observation, which is less than detailed or focused.

Student failed to create a hypothesis or the hypothesized relationship between the variables is unreasonable based on what has been observed. Student fails to back up hypothesis and proposed experiment with supporting evidence from the observation.

Formal Stylistic Conventions

 

20%

Student effectively uses scientific conventions of language and structure, including subheadings, hedge wording, passive voice and objective language. Report contains clear and precise sentences, varied sentence structure and proper grammar.

For the most part, student uses scientific conventions of language and structure, including subheadings, hedge wording, passive voice and objective language. Report contains clear sentences, varied sentence structure and proper grammar.

Student inconsistently uses the scientific conventions of language and structure, including subheadings, hedge wording, passive voice and objective language. Report contains readable sentences and several grammar errors.

Student fails to employ the scientific conventions of language and structure, including subheadings, hedge wording, passive voice and objective language. Report contains awkwardly constructed sentences and many grammar errors, thus obscuring the meaning of the text.

Textual Evidence 0%

Student correctly uses CSE citation format and cites material from outside sources. Student follows scientific guidelines concerning quoting and paraphrasing.

Student correctly uses CSE citation format and cites material from outside sources. Primarily, the student follows scientific guidelines concerning quoting and paraphrasing.

Student uses CSE citation format and cites material from outside sources. Sometimes, the student follows scientific guidelines concerning quoting and paraphrasing.

Student does not use CSE citation format nor does he/she cite material from outside sources. Student fails to follow the scientific guidelines concerning quoting and paraphrasing.

 

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