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Making Civics Real Workshop 5: Patriotism & Foreign Policy  
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Student Perspectives: Rubrics

Leo: The rubric is the base of the pyramid of what we're building up to and what we're building around. [It] is kind of a checklist. It makes us strive for excellence. An A could be: you have to have a five-page paper with an example and a video and an art piece and a song, whereas [for] an F you could just bring in the paper and call it a day. I guess she wants us to do more than a paper. She wants us to go out on our own and experience. She wants you to find things that relate to government. She wants you to go to the newspaper. She wants you to find as many things as you can that relate to [the topic]. That's how you get an A. I think it's important for teachers to have an outline of expectations because I think kids tend to stray off the topic and get involved in their own little worlds. I think it pushes them. But to find really good examples that incorporate art [and] your personal life is hard. The rubric she gives us pushes you more than an ordinary English or civics rubric would.

Myra: The rubric is a guideline of exactly what we need to accomplish in our group. That helps because Ms. Chandler gives us different options. We can shoot for an A, a B, or a C and she tells us what we need for each grade. It makes it so much clearer. We can draw out the steps that we need to take to achieve the goals and get every requirement of the rubric met.


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