General Procedures for Developing a Rubric

The rubric below was developed to grade a product demonstrating knowledge about the burial customs of ancient Egypt. Note that the rubric can be applied to any type of product that the students choose to complete.

1. Define the learning objective

Example: The students will learn about and present information about the burial customs of ancient Egypt.

2. Identify the concepts or skills students need to demonstrate

Example: For their presentations on ancient Egypt, the students will need to demonstrate:

  • Organization (e.g., logical structure)
  • Subject knowledge (e.g., mention of key points)
  • Level of detail (e.g., detailed descriptions)
  • Use of multiple sources (e.g., four references)

3. Identify the levels of performance and their point values

In general, it is better to use no more than seven levels, and no fewer than three. Teachers can use a zero as the lowest level of performance, if they choose.

Example: For the Egyptian presentation, the levels of performance are: 1=poor, 2=average, 3=excellent

4. Identify the criteria for each level of performance and create table

For the Egyptian presentation, see the table below:

Presentation on ancient Egyptian burial customs
1 = poor 2 = average 3 = excellent
Organization Student presents information in an illogical and uninteresting way Student presents information in a logical or interesting way Student presents information in a logical and interesting way
Demonstration of subject knowledge Student mentions or represents three or fewer of the following:

  • Sarcophagus
  • Canopic jars
  • Mummification
  • Tombs
  • Burial mask
  • Funerary art
Student mentions or represents at least four of the following:

  • Sarcophagus
  • Canopic jars
  • Mummification
  • Tombs
  • Burial mask
  • Funerary art
Student must mention or represent all six of the following:

  • Sarcophagus
  • Canopic jars
  • Mummification
  • Tombs
  • Burial mask
  • Funerary art
Level of detail Student presents basic facts of subject knowledge items with little detail Student presents some detailed descriptions or representations of subject knowledge items Student presents very detailed descriptions or representations of subject knowledge items
Use of multiple sources Student uses two or fewer references (in addition to the textbook) Student uses three references (in addition to the textbook) Student must use four references (in addition to the textbook)

5. Create a grading system based on possible points earned

For the Egyptian presentation, the grading system is:

Points Grade
12 A+
11 A
10 B+
9 B
8 C+
7 C
6 D+
5 D
4 F
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