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
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Cunningham, Simon. “Statistics.” Flickr. Yahoo, 18 Dec. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
When students write, they may not realize that there is a correlation between the number of subtopics and the length of the paper that they will produce. A large number of subtopics is likely to yield a larger paper, where a small amount will create a smaller paper. I sometimes see students in panic mode, wondering how they will ever write a longer paper. When I point out that, when they increase subtopics and when multiple sources/experts support each subtopic, the paper will naturally get longer, many students begin to relax.
In addition to that, when I look over outlines, I often see that students will at times have only one subtopic or section (creating an “A” without a “B” or a “1” without a “2”). I need to tell the student that, if there is only one subtopic under the main topic, then that is what comprises the entirety of their main topic and that they can (a) use the keyword(s) from the subtopic and add it to the main topic, making it the overall topic OR (b) add at least one more subtopic.
Overall, a good outline will set the foundation for a good paper. The rubric below is designed to help the students consider outline elements to begin to create a good outline. As mentioned in my thesis statement rubric post (#1 in this series), this skill-specific outline would be introduced to students who are not yet completely literate in this skill. As the students become more literate, you can guide your students to learn more advanced skills (which will appear later within this series). Good luck helping your students develop their research skills!!! 🙂
Other Rubrics in the Skill-Specific Research Rubric Series:
Thesis Statement Rubric
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Glasses on Book. Pixabay. Pixabay, 13 Dec. 2015. Web. 13 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.