Assessment – UMaine Farmington

November 4th, 2011

In your content area groups:

  1. Decide on a topic and write a brief prompt that students will respond to on a blog, wiki, discussion board, etc.
  2. Determine five criteria for high-quality work. Write the criteria in the form of statements that would appear in a rubric.
  3. Write some comment starters that students can use when giving each other feedback on their posts.



  1. November 7th, 2011 at 14:13 | #1

    There are presently over 80 million active users of Facebook. Should Facebook be used at school as an educational tool?

    • November 7th, 2011 at 14:18 | #2

      Criteria for high quality work:n1. Your pros and cons of the topic are clearly explained. n2. Your points are supported with reputable outside sources.n3. You convinced others to change their opinion based on your statements. n4. You included current data, facts, and statistics to back up your argument.n5. Your conclusion is a clear statement on where you stand on this issue.

      • November 7th, 2011 at 14:32 | #3

        Comment starters that could be used with this topic:n1. …is a good example of backing up your argument with factual information.n2. I am unclear by what you meant by…n3. Are you sure that… is an accurate fact?n4. When you stated …did you consider …?n5. This opinion…was controversial and caused others to think about a different viewpoint.n6. I agree with the point you made with …but I would challenge you to think about….n7. How does …relate to this topic?n

    • Teri Caouette
      November 7th, 2011 at 14:36 | #4

      I am wondering if you might consider having the generic term Social Media instead of Facebook in case some students may not be able to use Facebook? Also, there are 800 million active users.

  2. Ben
  3. Arnold
  4. Diane MacGregor
    November 7th, 2011 at 14:33 | #7

    Try introducing blogging by “Paper Blogging” so students can learn how to give feedback that are conversation starters and not just social comments. Check out this resource:

    • November 7th, 2011 at 14:52 | #8

      I love the idea of teaching students how to comment using paper instead of assuming they know how to make meaningful comments!

  5. Lindsay
    November 7th, 2011 at 14:46 | #9

    Working on narrowing down service learning project proposals….nn

  6. Kelsey
    November 7th, 2011 at 14:47 | #10

    Persuasive Prompt: Is Facebook making you mean?nn5 Criteria for High-Quality Work:nn1. Clear definition of the term “mean” in conjunction with the prompt.n2. Provide two or more points/examples in favor of your position.n3. Provide two or more points/examples refuting your position.n4. Attention to mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling must be followed. n5. Your conclusion is a clear statement demonstrating where you stand on the issue. nnComment Starters:nnI do not understand your definition of “mean.” Have you thought about…nnI like (or was confused by) your point about…Could you clarify or give an example about how this might look…nnYou bring up the other point of view, but did you think about…nnI was confused when I read…nnI agree with this point, because/but…nnYour conclusion is clear because…nnI was left with a couple of questions because…nn nnnnnn

    • Pam
      November 7th, 2011 at 14:49 | #11

      Great group – even had “Alex” read the prompt before posting!

    • Bgreenstone
      November 7th, 2011 at 14:57 | #12

      Kudos to Kelsey’s group! I think you could easily take that criteria and create a rubric from it.

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