A bunch of sixth grade students sat down to create the rubric for the elementary students who would be working on the DBQ Project in the spring. In looking at the rubric for middle school students, they reached the conclusion that many of the words would be difficult to understand. The sixth grade students realized, these elementary school students would not be concerned about New York State’s testing rubrics. The elementary school students would want to know if they understood the documents – plain and simple.
It took some time for the group of sixth graders to reach a consensus. But the end result is a rubric that is child-friendly and easy to understand.