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Making Civics Real Workshop 2: Electoral Politics  
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Lesson Plan: Assessment

Jose Velazquez uses a generic cooperative learning project rubric that rates five areas: organization, content accuracy, research, creativity, and presentation mechanics. The four-point scale ranges from “amateurish” to “acceptable” to “admirable” to “exceptional.” Students are familiar with the rubric because it is used throughout the school, sometimes with modifications for a particular situation.

After distributing the rubric to the students, discuss how an exceptional presentation would compare to an amateurish presentation to ensure that students understand the terms and the expectations. Use the rubric to assess each student’s contributions at the time the presentations are made. Following the presentations, have the class conduct a collective assessment in which the students process how they feel they did.


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