First of all, it’s very difficult to ‘borrow’ a rubric that someone else has made for their class, but it is useful for thinking about what criteria you need in your own. Thus, I have made a master list of blogging criteria for the task.
Although we teach a spectrum of ages and grades, there are particular criteria that relevant across the grades. There are others that may be more applicable to elementary bloggers and vice versa.
Here’s a list of blogging criteria that you could use in your rubric. Keep in mind that you will need to describe it in a way that is appropriate for the level you are teaching, ie. write sophisticated descriptions for high school students or write very simple descriptions for primary students.
Blogging Criteria Master List
- knowledge of a particular topic of study
- choice of relevant information on particular topic of study
- quality of explanation and analysis on a particular topic of study
- originality of ideas presented
- effective use of textual evidence
- making personal connections with the subject or the wider world (other writings, persons or world events)
- Quality of Writing
- style and voice of writing (difficult to separate) – diction (word choice) and sentence structure
- voice of writing – word choice, sentence structure
- the reflectiveness of the information
- organization of the information
- language conventions: grammar, spelling, diction & sentence structure
- rate of visible errors: grammar, spelling, paragraphing
- use of formatting to assist communication
- number of multimedia attached or embedded
- use of more than one mode of communication: text, audio, and/or video
- quality of multimedia included (to extend or develop the post topic)
- number of links to relevant external sources
- quality of links to add to the reader’s understanding
- proper referencing of cited material (to give credit to original source)
- how well the contribution motivates group discussion
- length requirement
- timeliness of submission, i.e. on or before the due date
- following etiquette guidelines given by teacher
If you have other criteria that you believe should be added to this general list, please make a comment below and I will add it to the post.
Please note that this is a general list from which you can choose the criteria that you plan to evaluate according to your course standards or expectations. It’s not expected that you include all of these criteria. For my grade ten Pre-AP, I expect that I will include most, but you must consider the weight of the assignment when choosing the criteria that you will use to evaluate.
I would like to give credit to Clarence Fisher who created this rubric and shared it on his blog. I found it on another blog by Kathleen McGeady who gives Sue Walters credit for making her aware of it. Sue’s article, “What You Wanted to Know About Student Blogging” is a good read as well. That’s the nature of the online community! It’s a discussion that gets around.
Also, thanks to Ron Shapiro, a fellow English teacher, who on the English Companion Ning initiated a discussion on this topic that prompted me to write this entry. You have to be a ECNing member to view it, so if you are an English teacher I encourage you to join.
Useful related content:
- A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs – University professor writes about how he evaluates blog entries.
- Guide to Scoring Rubrics