Superior/ Advanced- 10
Proficient/ Average- 7
Contains an exhaustive coverage of the unit’s
concepts, ideas, and terms.
Student elaborates beyond descriptions or
Unit’s main ideas are digested (in your own words).
Various/multiple resources are used to organize
Personal connections are demonstrated to support
examples, ideas, and terms.
Concepts on the map are represented in a hierarchal
structure in which the more inclusive/general ideas
are at the top and the exclusive/specific ideas are at
the bottom.
Places exhaustive terms in an appropriate hierarchy
and places links on all connections.
Map is easy to interpret/ understand.
Connections and structure reflect sophisticated and
abstract connections between terms.
Superior use of visual layout to improve memory.
Symbolic use of colors and shapes to increase the
map’s meaning.
Organization/ Hierarchy
Concepts are generally organized most of
the time.
Little evidence of a planned hierarchy or
Reader can only see logical and
straightforward connections between
Simple Connections or links
Limited use of colors or shapes or symbols
to improve memory.
Concrete/basic uses of symbols to add
meaning to the map.
Contains extensive coverage of the unit’s
concepts, ideas, and terms.
Student examples demonstrate a broad
Unit’s main ideas are copied and reported.
(Missing earns zero pts)
 Contains basic or minimal
coverage of the unit’s concepts,
ideas, and terms.
 Student made no attempt to
synthesize multiple class sources.
 Only terms displayed on map.
Demonstrates mastery of the topic without factual
Meets all of the requirements without useless
clutter or “fluff.”
Demonstrates mostly mastery with some
factual error.
Map provides some incomplete or
fragmented statements
Little effort is given to break
down content into manageable
Map is a “visual mess.”
No level of importance evident.
Not a concept map.
Minimal color or shapes
Layout appears “accidental” or
with little meaning besides
Map looks like it was completed
in homeroom.
Map demonstrates significant
error or inaccuracy.
Many critically misinformed
statements or terms.
Alternate assessment for Motivation and Emotion-
Concept Map Application
Name: __________________________________________________ Due Date: ______ Pd: _____
Instead of a traditional test on the unit’s concepts and information, you will be assessed on what you know about motivation and emotion, connections and
correlations between the topics, and applications to the real word using your lecture notes, supplemental readings, and in-class discussions, and activities by
creating a concept/mind map.
You will start at the top of a ½ sheet of poster board with 2 essential questions:
 Why do you do the things that you do? (Motivation)
 What are normal adult emotions that help define your humanity? (Emotion)
Beginning with these essential questions, you need to create a meaningful hierarchy that will branch out showing relationships and causation between
motivation and emotion. An example and rubric are provided. You must use Novak and Gowin’s techniques and strategies practiced in the previous chapter
(see the concept map assignment & guidelines).
Requirements Elements:
 Answering the Essential Questions:
 Significant terms/associations/examples must
be identified in your map
 Each idea and concept must be described
without using verbatim lines from your
notes…demonstrate understanding, express
 You will be graded on accuracy and

Cog Organizer Alt Assignment Guidelines