School Site Rubric

Blog Rubric

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Purpose
The school blog has a clear purpose to share and collect opinions and information about an important and interesting topic. The purpose of our blog is to share information and my opinions about an important topic. Our blog appears to be about unconnected topics and events. Our blog is mostly about one topic, but sometimes we get off the subject.
Content
Our blog is fair and balanced. We refer to information from a variety of viewpoints and draw original conclusions based on research. Our blog is fair. We refer to information from more than one viewpoint and draw conclusions based on research. We only present one viewpoint on my topic. We do not draw conclusions about the research, but just repeat what other sources have said about the topic. We try to be fair in my blog, but the information we present is missing critical content. We try to draw conclusions, but sometimes my conclusions are not based on the research.
Sources
We gather extensive information from a variety of reliable sources outside the classroom. We cite my sources correctly. We gather information from some reliable sources outside the classroom. We make minor errors when citing my sources. The information on our blog is our opinion, without any sources to back it up. Most of the information on our blog comes from opinions, without any reference to sources. When we do cite my sources, we make some errors.
Audience
Our writing/posts engage readers. We ask good questions and describe interesting ideas to get my readers to respond. We think about what my readers want to know and write my blog entries to answer their questions and concerns. We try to think about my readers and answer their questions, but most of the time we just write about what we  are interested in or what is easy to find. We rarely think about how my readers will respond to my blog. I write about what is interesting to me or is easy to find.


Writing
The writing style is interesting and appropriate for readers. We have no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, or sentences. We write so my readers can understand. Any errors in conventions do not take away from what we are saying. We try to write so my readers can understand, but sometimes our writing does not make sense because of errors in conventions. Our writing is confusing and often does not make sense to readers.
Updates
We write blog entries/post with new information and thoughts at least once a week, without being reminded. We write blog entries with new information and thoughts at least every 10 days or so, without being reminded. If we are reminded, we write in my blog at least once every two weeks. Even when we are  reminded, We often do not write in my blog for weeks at a time.
Extra Features
We include blog features, such as graphics, photos, and links, to enhance what we are saying and to persuade readers. We include blog features, such as graphics, photos, and links. We include some blog features, such as graphics, photos, and links, but sometimes they take away from the purpose of my blog. We do not include any extra blog features, or the features we include do not make sense.
Creativity
We use language and blog features to communicate message in surprising and unusual ways. We use language and blog features to communicate message in interesting ways. We try to use language and blog features to communicate message in surprising ways, but sometimes my attempts just take away from the purpose. We do not try to use language and blog features in surprising ways.

 Source: Intel Corp. Intel Education Initiative,

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