Use this rubric when teaching students how to think and speak critically and at the highest levels of Bloom's...Analyze and Evaluate. This rubric is best taught through the practice of conversations. Students need to be taught "how to speak and listen" to one another, "how to listen for the pause" (not raising their hand) and "how to respectfully agree and disagree with one another's ideas". To formatively assess critical thinking, give each child a 1, 2, 3, or 4 (on a class list) at the end of the conversation or guided reading session based on the rubric. Provide feedback to students so they know what they need to do to improve. To adapt this to Kindergarten, I would make it a one word rubric..."because"...Kindergarten must use the word because in a complete sentence with a statement before because and a justification, reason or claim, after it.
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