You will be evaluated both informally and formally. I will observe your behavior in the computer lab and monitor your note-taking procedures. Your group will also help in the evaluation process by reviewing the three main ideas from your research and discussing ways to get started on your "Can Do" essay.

I will follow the rubric below to formally evaluate your final essay. Your writing needs to contain at least five well-developed paragraphs and reflect the three main ideas from your research about solid waste management and include a good, convincing description of at least one way kids can make a difference in their community.

 

"Can Do"

Essay

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Content

and

Research

Includes only one point from research and one "I Can Make a Difference" point.

Includes less than three good points from research and develops one "I Can Make a Difference" point.

Includes three points from research and develops one way students can make a difference.

Includes at least three good points from research and develops at least one convincing way students can make a difference.

 

Introduction

and

Conclusion

 

Intro contains only one simple statement; conclusion contains a simple ending.

Intro contains statement of purpose; conclusion contains brief summary.

Intro contains thesis statement; conclusion contains effective summary.

Intro contains attention-getter and thesis statement; conclusion contains powerful statement with effective summary.

 

Paragraphs

and

Development

 

Paragraphs include at least one example and at least one transition.

Paragraphs reflect P.I.E. model; essay includes at least two transitions.

Paragraphs reflect P.I.E. model and include examples; essay includes transitions between points.

Paragraphs reflect P.I.E. model and include solid evidence with examples; essay includes smooth transitions between each point.

 

Grammar

and

Style

Essay shows evidence of spell-check only and contains more than three spelling, punctuation, or typographical errors.

Essay shows evidence of spell-check and contains no more than three spelling, punctuation, or typographical errors.

Essays shows evidence of proofreading and contains no more than two spelling, punctuation, or typographical errors.

Essay shows evidence of effective proofreading, uses a varied sentence structure, and contains no spelling, punctuation, or typographical errors.

 

Sources

and

Citations

Uses MLA documentation style for one-two sources.

Uses correct MLA documentation style for a minimum of two sources.

Uses correct MLA documentation style for a minimum of three sources; displays effective paraphrasing.

Uses correct MLA documentation style for a minimum of three sources, and displays difference between paraphrasing and direct quoting.