“Explore/Explain: Evidence for Change across Time” Rubric: Fossil

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“Explore/Explain: Evidence for Change across Time” Story Rubric: Fossil Find 39 points
Criteria
Concept:
Showing
understanding
of the big
picture in this
activity
(6
points/person)
Excellent
Story provides a detailed and
realistic description of how
scientists found and then studied
the skull fossil (4 points)
Pretty Good
Story provides a general description
of how scientists found and then
studied the skull fossil, but lacks
detail. (2-3 points)
Needs Improvement
Story provides a brief description of
how scientists found and studied the
skull fossil.
(0-1 points)
The presentation IS a story with
the author’s thoughts and feelings
obvious.
(2 points)
The presentation is sometimes like a
story. (0.5-1 point)
The presentation is not a story.
(0 points)
Explanation:
Explaining the
evidence for
change across
time, using
specific
evidence to
support ideas
(20
points/person)
Author correctly explains and
gives specific examples for the
work that Paleogeologist, (9-10
points) Evolutionary and
Developmental Biologist, (9-10
points) and
Physical Anthropologist
(9-10 points)
do using the work that the author
did in class.
Author generally and correctly
describes the work that
Paleogeologist,
(7-8 points) Evolutionary and
Developmental Biologist, (7-8
points) and Physical
Anthropologist
(7-8 points) do without referring to
all of the work done in class.
Author incorrectly describes the work
that Paleogeologist, (0-6 points)
Evolutionary and Developmental
Biologist, (0-6 points)
Physical Anthropologist
(0-6 points) do without referring to
any of the work done in class.
Author accurately and specifically
describes, using examples, how
the skull fossil
(1) was formed and would be
dated, in what country it would be
found, and how it was found,
(9-10 points) Paleogeologist
Author generally describes how the
skull fossil
(1) formed and would be dated,
(7-8 points) Paleogeologist
Author poorly or inaccurately
describes how the skull fossil
(1) formed and would be dated,
(0-6 points) Paleogeologist
(2) would be identified using DNA
and might fit into the scientific
understanding of human evolution
(idea of common ancestor),
(2) would be identified using DNA,
(0-6 points) Evolutionary and
Developmental Biologist
(2) would be identified using
DNA and might fit into the
scientific understanding of human
evolution (idea of common
ancestor),
(9-10 points) Evolutionary and
Developmental Biologist
Presentation
(13
points/person)
(3) would be identified by using
bones and anatomy and might fit
into the scientific understanding of
human evolution (idea of common
ancestor), (9-10 points)
Physical Anthropologist
Author uses most of the scientific
terminology learned up to this
point in the chapter accurately and
in ways that communicate clear
understanding of the terms.
(4 points)
(7-8 points) Evolutionary and
Developmental Biologist
(3) would be identified by using
bones and anatomy and might fit into
the scientific understanding of human
evolution (idea of common ancestor),
(7-8 points) Physical
Anthropologist
(3) would be identified by using
bones and anatomy and might fit into
the scientific understanding of human
evolution (idea of common ancestor),
(0-6 points) and Physical
Anthropologist
Author uses some scientific
terminology and uses most scientific
terminology correctly, showing a
general understanding. (3 points)
Author uses few scientific terms that
were learned in this chapter OR
Author uses scientific terminology
from this chapter in an incomplete,
inaccurate, or unrelated manner.
(1-2 points)
Author’s ideas are logically
organized and easy to read and
understand. (2 points)
Author’s ideas make a good story and
are usually easy to understand.
(1 point)
Author’s ideas are difficult to
understand. (0-1/2 point)
Grammar, spelling, and structure
of the story are all accurate and
strong. (2 points)
Most grammar, spelling, and structure
are correct. (1 point)
Grammatical, punctuation, or spelling
errors are significant and interfere
with the story. (0-1/2 point)
A rough draft was turned in on
time and complete. (5 points)
A rough draft was turned in late
and/or incomplete. (1-4 points)
A rough draft was not turned in.
(0 points)
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