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Rubric for Press Release: To Ban or Not to Ban

Teacher name: __________________

Student Name ___________________

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Topic The individual clearly understood the topic in-depth and presented his/her information forcefully and convincingly. The individual undestood the topic in-depth and presented his/her information with ease. The individual seemed to understand the main points of the topic. The individual did not show an adequate understanding of the topic.
Organization All arguments were clearly tied to an idea (position on the issue) and organized in a tight, logical fashion. Most arguments were clearly tied to an idea (position on the issue) and organized in a logical fashion. All arguments were clearly tied to an idea (position on the issue) but the organization was sometimes not clear or logical. Arguments were not clearly tied to an idea (position on the issue).
Information All information presented in the press release was clear, accurate and thorough. Most information presented in the press release was clear, accurate and thorough. Information presented in the press release was clear,accurate,or thorough, but not all of these. Information had several inaccuracies OR was not clear.
Use of Facts/Statistics Every major point was well supported with several relevant facts, statistics and/or examples. Every major point was adequately supported with relevant facts, statistics and/or examples. Most of the points were supported with facts, statistics and/or examples, but the relevance of some was questionable. There was little support for the points.
Mechanics Two or fewer minor mechanical errors. A few minor mechanical errors. Several misspellings and/or grammatical errors. Many errors in spelling and grammar.
Format Product contains all essential components of a press release. Product has most of the components of a press release. Some attempt was made to write a press release. Product is not written in the form of a press release.
Participation The student accurately completed the worksheet and made insightful comments during the group discussion. The student completed the worksheet and actively participated in group discussion. The student completed some of the worksheet and was involved in the group discussion. The student did not complete the worksheet and made few or no contributions to the group discussion.



Adapted from a rubric created March 18, 2002 using Rubistar http://rubistar4teachers.org

Copyright 2001, High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium

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