Blogs: Sample Assignment & Rubric

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"Pedagogy and the Class Blog" (post) presents a sample weekly blog assignment and "a simple five-point rubric, ranging from 0 (no credit) to 4 (exceptional)."

  • Of the rubric, the author writes, "It’s quick and in roughly 1-2 minutes I know what to rate any given blog post."

1. The Sample Assignment

  • "Each student will contribute to the weekly class blog, posting an approximately 500-word response to the week’s readings. There are a number of ways to approach these open-ended posts: consider the reading in relation to its historical or theoretical context; write about an aspect of the day’s reading that you don’t understand, or something that jars you; formulate an insightful question or two about the reading and then attempt to answer your own questions; or respond to another student’s post, building upon it, disagreeing with it, or re-thinking it. In any case, strive for thoughtfulness and nuance. To ensure that everyone has a chance to read the blog before class, post your response by midnight the evening before class."

2. The Rubric

Rating Characteristics
4 "Exceptional. The journal entry is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The entry demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic."
3 "Satisfactory. The journal entry is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The entry reflects moderate engagement with the topic."
2 "Underdeveloped. The journal entry is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The entry reflects passing engagement with the topic."
1 "Limited. The journal entry is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic."
0 "No Credit. The journal entry is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences."

3. See also

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