How many firearms are sold in the U.S.? Which regions sell the most and which sell the least? These are the types of questions students want to look into for their research papers, but incorporating statistics into research is often overlooked. Each topic yields its own possibilities!
So, how can we get students into the habit of considering the addition of statistical information? How can we help them find the statistics and determine what makes one statistic more impressive than another?
The Statistics Rubric is designed for a teacher to use as a requirement during a research project. I like the rubric because students can refer to the guidelines within as they complete the task and do not have to revisit their memory or the slideshow that I make available to them. I would (ideally) suggest using the statistics rubric during 8th and 9th (and possibly 10th) grades in order to have the become proficient at the skill and then move them into the Infographic Rubric during 10th/11th/12th.
Other Rubrics in Skill-specific Research Rubrics Series:
#1 Thesis Statement Rubric
#2 Outline Rubric
#3 Infographic Rubric
photo courtesy of:
Cunningham, Simon. “Statistics.” Flickr. Yahoo, 18 Dec. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
We have found that when we first introduce a research skill to students that it really helps to attach a skill-specific rubric to the assignment. In doing so, we are delineating the ideal elements into categories within a rubric to help isolate the concepts and desired outcomes for students. We have found that, if the new skill is embedded into the assignment and overall grade, it becomes camouflaged into the assignment. When the students eventually become fluent at the skill, then the rubric may be taken away. For instance, we use this Thesis Statement Rubric and example sheet with 8th, 9th, and possibly 10th grade students. After that time, it is rare that the students will see the rubric since they are likely to have become literate at what constitutes a good thesis statement. For the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, we begin to incorporate statistics, infographic, annotated bibliography rubrics, etc.
Here is our Thesis Statement Rubric along with a form that students use to grade example Thesis Statements against the rubric to not only see how they “add up” but also how a thesis statement can progress during the drafting stages.
Thesis Statement Rubric
Thesis Statement Examples to Compare Against Rubric
Other Rubrics in the Skill-Specific Research Rubrics Series:
Image, courtesy of:
.B, Paul. “1.February.2012.” Flickr. Yahoo, 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.