This two-page rubrics sheet for a genetic condition presentation project is my latest version, which has evolved over a twenty-four-year span. I utilize it in my freshman biology class. Students research a genetic condition and later present on the topic. The explicit rubrics guide students toward their goal of providing an engaging and informative presentation. This rubric sheet is the same one evaluators in my room use for grading purposes.
This set of evaluation criteria does not grade students on any form of a submitted report. Its evaluative purpose is solely for the student presentations, which bolsters their public speaking skills. There is even a special grading section about the presenter’s ability to convey empathy from the afflicted person’s perspective and the caregiver’s perspective.
Most students present their choice topic in my room with the aid of a program like PowerPoint, but it is not required. I have listened to outstanding presentations without the assistance of a slideshow over the years, especially ones where students volunteered to speak about a condition they inherited with conviction.
The instructor accounts for 50% of the weight of the evaluation in this rubric. In my scheme the teacher randomly selects three of the presenter's peers to independently judge the presentation for the remaining percent of the grade. Throughout this project, you will empower students to engage in higher-level thinking skills to make sound evaluations. Peer evaluators will not be able to sabotage or egregiously help the presenting students under the existing guidelines.
The uploaded file is a 2010 version of Microsoft Word. The power is yours to edit this rubric at will to suit your needs.
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