• TRADING CARDS (All work must be original)

    Guidelines:

    1.  Students will create a minimum of SIX (6) Trading cards; each depicting a different character from the novel. You MUST have one for the protagonist and the antagonist

    2.  Your trading cards must be placed on index cards.

    3.  Each trading card will mimic an actual trading card with the following information:

    Front of Trading Card

    Back of Trading Card

    Name AND image of character

    Importance to Story (i.e. Protagonist)

     

    Chapter where character is first introduced

     

    Three character traits

     

    How character grows/evolves throughout story

     

    What you like AND dislike about the character

     

    Identify an important quote or catchphrase used by the character (i.e. direct quote)

     

    CRITERIA

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Appropriate information, and/or other details

    All information on the card is related to the character and the connections to the story are easy to understand.

    All information on the card is related to the character and most of the connections to the story are easy to understand.

    All information on the card is related to the character but the connections to the story are less obvious.

    Information does not relate to the character.  There appears to be little connection to the story.

    Formatting (size and style of text and images)

    Text is easy to read and the style of the font and layout is quite creative.  It matches the character well. 

    Text is easy to read and the style of the font and layout is good.  It matches the character.

    Text is slightly harder to read in places on the card.  The style of the font and layout are acceptable.

    The text is too small and/or the style of the font and layout do not match the character.

    Relates images, colors, and graphics to character

    Graphic elements are related to the character, are of high quality, and enhance reader interest or understanding.

    Graphic elements are related to the character, are of good quality, and enhance reader interest or understanding.

    Graphic elements are related to the character, but do little to enhance reader interest or understanding.

    Graphic elements seem randomly chosen, OR distract the reader.

    Spelling, punctuation, and grammar

    There are no spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors.

    There are 3 or less spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors.

    There are 4-6 spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors.

    There are 7 or more spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors.

    Is the card presented electronically as well as hard copy

    Yes, the card is presented electronically and hard copy.

    The card is presented electronically.

    The card is presented hard copy.

    One or other, but not done correctly or no compatibility.

     BOOK JACKET RUBRIC (ALL ORIGINAL WORK/SHOULD NOT COME FROM ORIGINAL BOOK COVER)

     

    Distinguished - 4

    Proficient - 3

    Developing - 2

    Beginning - 1

    Point(s) Earned

    FRONT COVER: Artwork,  Title, Author Name

    The cover is creative, colorful, and vividly depicts the story through quality pictures and/or drawings.  Title, author, publisher and price are all present.

    The cover depicts the story.  Pictures are grainy or aren’t put together neatly.  One of the following elements is missing: title, author, publisher or price.

    The cover barely depicts the story or the pictures are messy or irrelevant.  Two of the following elements are missing: title, author, publisher or price.

    The cover does not depict the story.  Three or more of the following elements are missing: title, author, publisher or price.

    _______/20

    BACK COVER:

    Summary of book and Exciting events

    The back cover has a total of 4 creative and interesting reviews of selected book, including a detailed one by you.

    The back cover has only 3 reviews of the book; reviews lack imagination and/or detail.

    The back cover has only 1 review of the book; lack s imagination and detail.

    The back cover does not have any reviews.

    _______/20//

    FRONT FLAP: Brief Descriptions of Setting

    The summary of the story is accurate with specific details.

    The summary is accurate with few details.

    The summary is accurate with no details.

    The summary is inaccurate with no details.

    _______/20

    BACK FLAP: Descriptions of Characters

    The biography information is accurate with specific details.

    The biography information is somewhat accurate with few details.

    The biography information is barely accurate and has no details.

    The biography information is inaccurate with no details.

    _______/20

    EFFORT

    The product shows that much time and effort were used.

    The product is average work.

    The product is barely average work.

    The product is below average work.

    _______/20

    _________/100

     

    RUBRIC FOR POETRY/RAP

    CATEGORY

    Distinguished  -  4

    Proficient  - 3

    Developing -  2

    Beginner - 1

    THE WRITING PROCESS /

     

    EFFORT

    Student devoted a lot of time and effort to the writing process and worked hard to make the poem/rap a good read.  The poem/rap has no errors.

    Student devoted adequate time and effort to the writing process and worked to get the job done. The poem/rap may have one or two errors.

    Student devoted some time and effort to the writing process but was not very thorough. Does enough to get by.  There are several errors.

    Student devoted little time and effort to the writing process. It appears that the student does not care about the assignment.  The poem/rap has many errors.

    TITLE

     

    The poem/rap has a title that clearly relates to the poem/rap and adds interest to the theme or message of the poem/rap

    The poem/rap has a title that relates to the poem/rap

    The poem/rap has a title

    The poem/rap has no title

    NEATNESS

    The final draft of the poem/rap is readable, clean, neat and attractive. It is free of erasures and crossed-out words. It looks like the author took great pride in it.

    The final draft of the poem/rap is readable, neat and attractive. It may have one or two erasures, but they are not distracting. It looks like the author took some pride in it.

    The final draft of the poem/rap is readable and some of the pages are attractive. It looks like parts of it might have been done in a hurry.

    The final draft is not neat or attractive. It looks like the student just wanted to get it done and didn’t care what it looked like.

    STYLE

    The poem/rap is written with a great sense of style.  The poem/rap has been well thought out and makes sense to the reader.

    The poem/rap is written with a defined with style.  Thoughts are clear to read and understandable.

    The poem/rap is written  somewhat with style.  Thoughts are clear to a degree.

    The poem/rap lacks style and the thoughts did not come out clearly on paper.

    VOCABULARY

    The poem/rap is filled with descriptive vocabulary that appeals to the reader.

    The poem/rap includes many descriptive elements and is appealing.

    The poem/rap includes some descriptive words and phrases.

    The poem/rap lacks description and does not allow the reader to visualize the poem/rap.

    Rewriting the Ending

     

    Scoring Level

    Knowledge of Conventions

    Clarity and Coherence

    Rhetorical Choices

    4: Distinguished

    In addition to meeting the requirements for a “3,” the writing is essentially error-free in terms of mechanics.  Models the style and format appropriate to the assignment

    In addition to meeting the requirements of a “3,” writing flows smoothly from one idea to another.  The writer has taken pains to assist the reader in following the logic of the ideas expressed.

    In addition to meeting the requirements for a “3,” the writer’s decisions about focus, organization, style/tone, and content made reading a pleasurable experience.  Writing could be used as a model of how to fulfill the assignment.

    3: Proficient

    While there may be minor errors, the paper follows normal conventions of spelling and grammar throughout and has been carefully proofread.  Appropriate conventions for style and format are used consistently throughout the writing sample.

    Sentences are structured and words are chosen to communicate ideas clearly.  The sequencing of ideas within paragraphs and transitions between paragraphs makes the writer’s points easy to follow.

    The writer has made good decisions about focus, organization, style/tone, and content to communicate clearly and effectively.  The purpose and focus of the writer are clear to the reader and the organization and content achieve the purpose well.  Writing follows all requirements for the assignment.

    2: Developing

    Frequent errors in spelling, grammar (such as subject/verb agreements and tense), sentence structure and/or other writing conventions that distract the reader.  Writing does not consistently follow the appropriate style and/or format.

    Sentence structure and/or word choice sometimes interfere with clarity.  Needs to improve the sequencing of ideas within paragraphs and transitions between paragraphs to make the writing easy to follow.

    The writer’s decisions about focus, organization, style/tone, and/or content sometimes interfere with clear, effective communication.  The purpose of writing is not fully achieved.  All requirements of the assignment may not be fulfilled.

    1: Beginning

    Writing contains numerous errors in spelling, grammar, and/or sentence structure that interfere with comprehension.  Style and/or format are inappropriate for the assignment.  Fails to demonstrate thoroughness and competence in the documentation.

    Sentence structure, word choice, lack of transitions and/or sequencing of ideas make reading and understanding difficult.

    The writer’s decisions about focus, organization, style/tone, and/or content interfere with communication.  The purpose of writing is not achieved.  Requirements for the assignment have not been fulfilled.

     16 = 100;  15 = 94;  14 = 88;  13 = 81;  12 = 75; 11 = 69;  10 = 63;  9 = 56

     

    Television Reporter Rubric

     

    Distinguished

    Proficient

    Developing

    Beginning

    Score

    Organization

    Extremely well organized; logical format that was easy to follow; flowed smoothly from one idea to another and cleverly conveyed; the organization enhanced the effectiveness of the project

    Presented in a thoughtful manner; there were signs of organization and most transitions were easy to follow, but at times ideas were unclear

    Somewhat organized; ideas were not presented coherently and transitions were not always smooth, which at times distracted the audience

    Choppy and confusing; format was difficult to follow; transitions of ideas were abrupt and seriously distracted the audience

    ______/20

    Content Accuracy

    Completely accurate; all facts were precise and explicit

    Mostly accurate; a few inconsistencies or errors in information

    Somewhat accurate; more than a few inconsistencies or errors in information

    Completely inaccurate; the facts in this project were misleading to the audience

    ______/20

    Research

    Went above and beyond to research information; solicited material in addition to what was provided; brought in personal ideas and information to enhance project; and utilized more than eight types of resources to make project effective

    Did a very good job of researching; utilized materials provided to their full potential; solicited more than six types of research to enhance project; at times took the initiative to find information outside of school

    Used the material provided in an acceptable manner, but did not consult any additional resources

    Did not utilize resources effectively; did little or no fact gathering on the topic

    ______/20

    Creativity

    Was extremely clever and presented with originality; a unique approach that truly enhanced the project

    Was clever at times; thoughtfully and uniquely presented

    Added a few original touches to enhance the project but did not incorporate it throughout

    Little creative energy used during this project; was bland, predictable, and lacked "zip"

    ______/20

    Presentation Mechanics

    Was engaging, provocative, and captured the interest of the audience and maintained this throughout the entire presentation; great variety of visual aids and multimedia; visual aids were colorful and clear

    Was well done and interesting to the audience; was presented in a unique manner and was very well organized; some use of visual aids

    Was at times interesting and was presented clearly and precisely; was clever at times and was organized in a logical manner; limited variety of visual aids and visual aids were not colorful or clear

    Was not organized effectively; was not easy to follow and did not keep the audience interested; no use of visual aids

    ______/20

    OVERALL SCORE

     

     

     

     

    ______/100

    Mural Scoring Guide

    Category

    Distinguished (4)

    Proficient (3)

    Developing (2)

    Beginning (1)

    Attractiveness and Organization

    The mural has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized layout.

    The mural has attractive formatting and an organized layout.

    The mural has attractive formatting with poor layout.

    The mural formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader.

    Creativity and Craftsmanship

    Graphics or objects in the mural reflect student creativity in the display. Work is completed with exceptional care and attention to neatness.

    Most of the graphics or objects used in the mural reflect student creativity in the display. Work is completed with good care and attention to neatness.

    Only a few graphics or objects reflect student creativity, and the ideas were typical rather than creative. Work is completed with basic care and attention to neatness.

    None of the graphics or objects reflect student creativity.  Work is completed with no care or attention to neatness.

    Originality

    Product shows a large amount of original thought. 

    Product shows some original thought.

    Product lacks

    Graphics are not an appropriate size/shape.  Glue marks evident.  Most of the background is showing.  Little attention was given to designing the mural.

    Number of Items

    The mural includes 15 or more items, each different, and each from a different chapter of the novel.

    The mural includes 10-14 different items, and each from a different chapter of the novel.

    The mural includes 9 different items, and each from a different chapter of the novel.

    Fewer than 9 different items, and each from a different chapter of the novel.

    Time and Effort

    Much time and effort went into the planning and design of the mural.  It is clear the student spent significant time in and outside of the classroom in completing this mural.

    Student could have put in additional effort (either at home or in class).

    Class time was not always wisely, but effort reflects time spent on mural at home.

    Complete lack of time and effort went into the creation of this mural.

    Titles and Text (Author’s Name)

    Titles and text were written clearly and were easy to read from a distance.

    Titles and text were written clearly and were easy to read close-up.

    Titles and text were mostly clear and were somewhat easy to read close-up.

    Title and/or text are hard to read, even when the reader is close.

    Attention to Theme

    The student gives a reasonable explanation of how every item in the mural is related to the theme.  For most items, the relationship is clear without explanation.

    The student gives a reasonable explanation of how most item in the mural is related to the theme. 

    The student gives a fairly reasonable explanation of how most of the items in the mural are related to the theme.

    The student’s explanations are weak and illustrate difficulty understanding how to relate items to the theme.

    Grading: 28=100; 27=96; 26=92; 25=88; 24=84; 23=80; 22=76; 21=72; 20=68; 19=64; 18=60; 17 and Below=Failing

    TRAVEL BROCHURE RUBRIC

     

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Organization

    The brochure has excellent formatting and very well organized information

    The brochure has appropriate formatting and well-organized information

    The brochure has some organized information with random formatting

    The brochure’s format and organization of materials are confusing to the reader

    Ideas

    The brochure communicates relevant information appropriately and effectively to the intended audience

    The brochure communicates relevant information appropriately to the intended audience

    The brochure communicates irrelevant information, or communicates inappropriately to the intended audience

    The brochure communicates irrelevant information, and communicates inappropriately to the intended audience

    Conventions

    All of the writing is done in complete sentences

     

    Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure

    Most of the writing is done in complete sentences

     

    Most of the capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure

    Some the writing is done in complete sentences

     

    Some of the capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the brochure

    Most of the writing is not done in complete sentences

     

    Most of the capitalization and punctuation are not correct throughout the brochure

    Graphics

    The graphics go well with the text, and there is a good mix of text and graphics

    The graphics go well with the text, but there are so many that they distract from the text

    The graphics go well with the text, but there are too few

    The graphics do not go with the accompanying text or appear to be randomly chosen

    Elements

    The brochure includes:

    Ø  Name and description of protagonist and antagonist

    Ø  Description of setting

    Ø  Description of Conflict

    Ø  Description of Resolution

    Ø  Reasons why other readers should select this text.

     

    The brochure includes 4 of the 5 elements required for a 4

    The brochure includes 3 of the 5 elements required for a 4

    The brochure includes only 1 or 2 of the elements required for a 4.

     

    MIND MAP RUBRIC

     

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Organization

    The mind map has excellent formatting and very well organized information

    The mind map has appropriate formatting and well-organized information

    The mind map has some organized information with random formatting

    The mind map’s format and organization of materials are confusing to the reader

    Ideas

    The mind map communicates relevant information appropriately and effectively to the intended audience

    The mind map communicates relevant information appropriately to the intended audience

    The mind map communicates irrelevant information, or communicates inappropriately to the intended audience

    The mind map communicates irrelevant information, and communicates inappropriately to the intended audience

    Conventions

    All of the writing is done in complete sentences

     

    Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the mind map

    Most of the writing is done in complete sentences

     

    Most of the capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the mind map

    Some the writing is done in complete sentences

     

    Some of the capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the mind map

    Most of the writing is not done in complete sentences

     

    Most of the capitalization and punctuation are not correct throughout the mind map

    Graphics

    The graphics go well with the text, and there is a good mix of text and graphics

    The graphics go well with the text, but there are so many that they distract from the text

    The graphics go well with the text, but there are too few

    The graphics do not go with the accompanying text or appear to be randomly chosen

    Elements

    The mind map includes:

    Ø  Name and description of protagonist and antagonist

    Ø  Description of setting

    Ø  Description of Conflict

    Ø  Description of Resolution

    Ø  Reasons why other readers should select this text.

     

    The mind map includes 4 of the 5 elements required for a 4

    The mind map includes 3 of the 5 elements required for a 4

    The mind map includes only 1 or 2 of the elements required for a 4.

     

     Graphic Novel Rubric

    CRITERIA

    DISTINGUISHED (4)

    PROFICIENT (3)

    DEVELOPING (2)

    BEGINNING (1)

    MECHANICS

    Writer makes no spelling or

    grammar errors that distract the reader from the story.

    Writer makes 1-2 spelling or

    grammar errors that distract the reader from the story.

    Writer makes 3-4 spelling or

    grammar errors that distract the reader from the story.

    Writer makes 4+ spelling or

    grammar errors that distract the reader from the story.

    STRUCTURE

    The story/summary is very well-organized. One idea or scene follows another in a logical sequence with clear transitions.

    The story/summary is pretty well-organized. One idea or scene may seem out of place.

    Clear transitions are used.

    The story/summary is hard to follow. The transitions are

    sometimes not clear.

    Ideas and scenes seem to be randomly arranged. 

    USE OF IMAGES

    Carefully chosen images help the reader understand the action/emotions in the story/summary.

    Most of the images help the reader understand the story. One or two are unrelated or confusing. 

    The produce includes many images that do not relate to the story and confuse readers.

    The product does not use images and relies too heavily on text.

    PARAGRAPH

    The paragraph includes a clearly written thesis (claim). The thesis is supported by at least three pieces of text evidence.

    Text evidence is cited with page numbers.

    The paragraph includes a clearly Written thesis (claim). The thesis is supported by

    fewer than three pieces of text

    evidence OR text evidence is not cited with page numbers.

    The paragraph includes a

    somewhat unclear thesis (claim). The thesis is supported by fewer than

    three pieces of text evidence OR Text evidence is not cited with page numbers.

    The paragraph includes a poorly written thesis (claim). The thesis is supported by

    fewer than three pieces of text

    evidence. Text evidence is not

    cited with page numbers.

    EFFORT

    Final product is completed—pride in one’s work, proper time management, and

    adequate planning is evident

    Final product is incomplete OR

    pride in one’s work, proper time management, or

    adequate planning is not evident

    Final product is incomplete —

    pride in one’s work, proper time management, or

    adequate planning is not evident.

    Final product is incomplete—pride in one’s work, proper time management, and

    adequate planning are not evident.