Exploring the Prairie

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This rubric may be used for self-assessment and peer feedback. The project grade will be based upon the following evaluation scale:

A - Exemplary: 45-50 points
B - Proficient: 40-44 points
Partially Proficient or Incomplete: Needs to be resubmitted - less than 39 points

PowerPoint Rubric



Partially Proficient


Research and Notetaking

6 points

Notecards indicate group members accurately researched varied information sources, recorded and interpreted statements, graphics and questions and evaluated alternative points of view.

4 points

Notecards show group members recorded relevant information from multiple sources of information, evaluated and synthesized relevant information.

2 points

Notecards show group members misinterpreted statements, graphics and questions and failed to identify relevant arguments.

0 points

Notecards show group members recorded information from four or less resources, and ignored alternative points of view.


Preproduction Plan - Storyboard


6 points

The storyboard illustrates the slide presentation structure with thumbnail sketches of each slide including: title of slide, text, background color, placement & size of graphic, fonts - color, size, type for text and headings, hyperlinks (list URLs of any site linked from the slide), narration text, and audio files (if any). All slides are numbered, and there is a logical sequence to the presentation.

4 points

The thumbnail sketches on the storyboard include titles and text for each slide and are in sequential order.

2 points

The thumbnail sketches on the storyboard are not in a logical sequence and have incomplete information.

0 points

There a very few thumbnail sketches on the storyboard and do not provide an overview of the presentation.


3 points

The introduction presents the overall topic and draws the audience into the presentation with compelling questions or by relating to the audience's interests or goals.

2 points

The introduction is clear and coherent and relates to the topic.

1 point

The introduction shows some structure but does not create a strong sense of what is to follow. May be overly detailed or incomplete and is somewhat appealing to the audience.

0 points

The introduction does not orient the audience to what will follow.

The sequencing is unclear and does not appear interesting or relevant to the audience.


8 points

The content is written clearly and concisely with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information.

The project includes motivating questions and advanced organizers that provide the audience with sense of the project’s main idea.

Information is accurate, current and comes mainly from * primary sources.

6 points

The content is written with a logical progression of ideas and supporting information.

Includes persuasive information from *primary sources.

4 points

The content is vague in conveying a point of view and does not create a strong sense of purpose.

Includes some persuasive information with few facts.

Some of the information may not seem to fit.

*Primary source use is not always clear.

0 points

The content lacks a clear point of view and logical sequence of information.

Includes little persuasive information and only one or two facts about the topic.

Information is incomplete, out of date and/or incorrect.

Sequencing of ideas is unclear.


Text Elements

3 points

The fonts are easy-to-read and point size varies appropriately for headings and text.

Use of italics, bold, and indentations enhances readability.

Text is appropriate in length for the target audience and to the point.

The background and colors enhance the readability of text.

2 points

Sometimes the fonts are  easy-to-read, but in a few places the use of fonts, italics, bold, long paragraphs, color or busy background detracts and does not enhance readability.

1 point

Overall readability is difficult with lengthy paragraphs, too many different fonts, dark or busy background, overuse of bold or lack of appropriate indentations of text.

0 points

The text is extremely difficult to read with long blocks of  text and small point size of fonts, inappropriate contrasting colors, poor use of headings, subheadings, indentations, or bold formatting.



3 points

The layout is aesthetically pleasing and contributes to the overall message with appropriate use of headings and subheadings and white space.

2 points

The layout uses horizontal and vertical white  space appropriately.

1 point

The layout shows some structure, but appears cluttered and busy or distracting with large gaps of white space or uses a distracting background.

0 points

The layout is cluttered, confusing, and does not  use spacing, headings and subheadings to enhance the readability.



6 points

Sources of information are properly cited so that the audience can determine the credibility and authority of the information presented.

All sources of information are clearly identified and credited using MLA citations throughout the project.

4 points

Most sources of information use proper MLA citation, and sources are documented  to make it possible to check on the accuracy of information.


2 points

Sometimes copyright guidelines are followed and some information, photos and graphics do not use proper MLA citations.

0 points

No way to check validity of information.


Graphics, Sound and/or Animation

3 points

The graphics, sound and/or animation assist in presenting an overall theme and make visual connections that enhance understanding of concept, ideas and relationships.

Original images are created using proper size and resolution, and all images enhance the content.

There is a consistent visual theme.

2 points

The graphics, sound/and or animation visually depict material and assist the audience in understanding the flow of information or content.

Original images are used.

Images are proper size, resolution.

1 point

Some of the graphics, sounds, and/or animations seem unrelated to the topic/theme and do not enhance the overall concepts.

Most images are clipart or recycled from the WWW.

Images are too large/small in size.

Images are poorly cropped or the color/resolution is fuzzy.

0 points

The graphics, sounds, and/or animations are unrelated to the content.

Graphics do not enhance understanding of the content, or are distracting decorations that create a busy feeling and detract from the content.


Writing Mechanics

6 points

The text is written with no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

4 points

The text is clearly written with little or no editing required for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

2 points

Spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors distract or impair readability.

(3 or more errors)

0 points

Errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage and grammar repeatedly distract the reader and major editing and revision is required.

(more than 5 errors)


6 points

The group documents how members brainstormed, discussed, assumed roles and solved problems.

Provides evidence that group members helped one another, shared ideas, developed and evaluated their finished product(s).

The project is clearly a group effort.


4 points

The group documents how members divided tasks, shared the workload and managed problems in a way that advanced the group goal.

2 points

The group occasionally helped one another but required teacher assistance to resolve differences.

One person documents that he/she did most of the work and/or problems were not managed in a way that advanced the group goal.

0 points

The group required teacher assistance with dividing tasks and resolving differences.

Few people contributed their fair share of work.



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