Name ________________________________________________ Class ______ Geography Connections

Global Connections Project Rubric

Country:

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

Country/City/Place View:   250-350 words:  The introduction should let the reader know WHAT the article is about and should grab the reader. This section will set the stage for your article and should contain some background information and/or a “did you know….” hook. If you have experience in the location you chose, share photos that you don’t mind being published with the article.  Otherwise, find images that represent the country and be sure to cite your sources.

Met word count, included at least 15 interesting details about the country, and had three or more images (properly cited)

Met word count, and/or included 10-14 interesting details about the country, or had fewer than three images (which may not have been properly cited)

Didn’t meet the word count, and/or had 5-9 facts, and/or lacked images (or citations)

Didn’t meet the word count, and/or had fewer than five facts, lacked images (or citations)

Did You Know? 100 - 150 words. This section should include interesting trivia about the place you are describing. It may include information about the national animal or flower, a unique festival, a tourist site or geographic feature, or other thing that would be interesting to a reader.  Include at least three facts.

Met word count and included at least three fun facts about the country.

Met word count and/or included 2 fun facts about the country

May not have met word count and/or included only 1 fun fact about the country

Did not meet word count and/or did not include fun facts

Mapping Activity:  75-100 words.  What geographic activity can be created with information from your article?

Met word count and created geographic activity using 2 or more maps

Met word count and/or created geographic activity using 1 map

May not have met word count and/or activity wasn’t geographic in nature

Did not meet word count and/or didn’t create a geographic activity

Take Five:  75-100 words. Word count is for this entire section, not just each theme. This is the section to connect the place to the five themes of geography:

LOCATION, PLACE, HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION, MOVEMENT, and REGION.

Met word count for section and included appropriate information on all five themes.

Met word count for section and/or included appropriate information on four of the themes.

Met word count for section and/or included appropriate information on three of the themes.

May have met word count for section and/or may not have appropriate information on  the themes.

Resources:   Include all of your resources, and be sure to include the actual URL of website sources.  If you know of others that would be interesting, please compile a list, and describe why the link is helpful.   For example:  Geographically, Pearl Harbor was a strategic location to involve the United States into World War II.  For more information about the Pearl Harbor Memorial, please visit the National Parks website:  http://www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit/index.htm

Included at least 5 resources (accurate full URLs) plus the URLS of all photos

Included 4 resources (accurate full URLs) plus the URLS of all photos

Included 3 resources (accurate full URLs) and/or did not include photo URLS.

Included two or fewer resources (accurate full URLs)  and/or did not include URLS of the photos.

Using the News (or) Community Connections:  50 -100 words.  If possible, connect your piece to current events. i.e.  In today’s Hartford Courant, there is an article about the vice-President of BP promising payment to victims of the oil spill. Do you think paying people for the environment is enough? You may also wish to connect it to local communities, a topic less time- or event-sensitive.  i.e. Although the author known as Mark Twain lived in Hartford, he traveled around the country with many places claiming him as their own. Research through courant.com to see where Mark Twain traveled.

Met word count for one of the two topics - connecting to either a recent news event or a connection to our state.

Information is accurate and verified from a credible source..



Did not meet word count for one of the two topics - connecting to either a recent news event or a connection to our state.

Or

Information may not be accurate and/or verified from a credible source.

Didn’t make a connection to either current events or local communities.

Or

Information is untrue or an opinion.

Editing & Revising: The entire document is checked for capitalization, spelling, clarity, fluency, and sentence variation.

2 points: There are no errors in capitalization, spelling, clarity, fluency, and sentence variation.

1 point: There are 1 or 2 errors in editing & revising.

0 points: There are 3 or more errors in editing & revising.

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