The weekly class blog is a space to be reflective, and to explore tentative thoughts about the significance and interpretative possibilities of specific texts. I have written that your posts should “strive to be thoughtful and nuanced, offering questions and insights rather than descriptions or summaries.” To help you get a feel for what counts as an excellent blog post, look at this rubric, which I will use when reading and evaluating your entries.
Each post will be rated on a scale of 0-4, primarily on the basis of the kind of critical thinking and engagement you display in the post.
|4||Exceptional. The journal entry is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The entry demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.|
|3||Satisfactory. The journal entry is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The entry reflects moderate engagement with the topic.|
|2||Underdeveloped. The journal entry is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The entry reflects passing engagement with the topic.|
|1||Limited. The journal entry is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.|
|0||No Credit. The journal entry is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences.|