Looking at the Evidence Rubric If the Student Did Not Do Well on the Practice Essay


Click here to hear a voice explanation of How the Evidence Rubric reveals what the student and calculates the points.


In this case, imagine that the student:

·         Had to answer the question—to use an example from United States History I—on Africans who were brought to the colonies in the early part of the 1600s and instead the student wrote about English servants before Bacon’s Rebellion. The score of 25% is usually as high as I do for this kind of error.

·         Just grabbed some words exactly from the source and copied them and just swapped some other words in the author’s sentences (what The Bedford Handbook calls “half-copy” plagiarism). The error is in the “D” Paper column so for the 100 Scale I enter the lowest grade for a “D”—a 59.5% and that percentage of 6 results in 1.50.
If you want more detail on “half-copy” plagiarism, click
here. If you want to see the pages from The Bedford Handbook that show this standard, just ask.

·         Followed the instruction on the maximum length and was using the correct time period in the required textbook so at least followed the directions at “D” level—again a 59.5% but that percentage of .5 points only results in a tiny number of .3.

·         Did have only one grammatical error—but mechanics are worth few points (1/2 point out of 10) and a high grade on mechanics won’t save you if you are not factually true.


Notice these things about the example below:

·         What happened after I entered the percentages for each row (25, 59.5, 59.5, and 80) in the 100 Scale Grade column and how the Point Scale column now shows the actual points for each row and the total points.

·         How I will use not just the percentages in the 100 Scale column but also a color highlight:
- Of yellow-orange color as a warning sign about “D” and “ F” criteria (such as highlight in the “D” column for the two rows getting the lowest “D” percentage—the 59.5)
- Of green color as a positive sign about “A” through “C” criteria (such as highlight in the “B” column for the row getting an 80)

·         How I will use underlining to get you to see any specifics that you want to focus on (such as the underlining for the issues in the top two rows)

·         How I may add in italic for a specific instruction such as Provide URLs if I think you use something other than the required sources.


If you do not see the rubric below showing a student who did not do well, click here.

What Do You Do to Get the Extra Credit?

You read for and wrote the Practice Essay. Now, you are going to do some things to see yourself and your evidence as others (a boss or a prof) might see you.


What You Are NOT to Do – You Are NOT Rewriting and You Are NOT Editing

You are doing things so you can see your evidence as others (a boss or a prof) might see you. You are:

·         Not rewriting – If you rewrite it, I care about you but I will not look at it.

·         Not editing – If you edit it, I care about you but I will not look at it.


I will, however, gladly look with attention if you do what the rubric told you to do from the tasks below. I will compare it with my marks on your printed Practice essays. I will be able to tell if you understood the issues just by comparing your strike through and underlining.

What Everyone Must Have Before You Start and What (and How) You Will Submit to Me When You Are Done (Sooner the Better)

1.     Your required textbook (If you don’t know its title and authors, click here.)

2.     A printed copy that you can mark as you work and later a digital copy of both:

a.     The question/topic Blackboard asked you

b.    The answer you entered in Blackboard

If you don’t know how to do this, here are the basic steps: click on Quizzes & Exams, click on your submitted Practice Essay, and follow the prompts to choose to see what you submitted (usually clicking on OK in the right corner). Then copy and paste the question and your answer into a file. If you need more help, just ask.

3.     A print of the rubric

4.     Access to a word processor where you can:

a.     Strike through (Strike through looks like this.)

b.     Underline (Underline looks like this.)


The strike through and the underline are about all you need. You can do your strike through and your underlining in a word processing program that you know how to use and then—when you are done—you click on my email when I sent you the rubric, click Reply, and copy and paste your file into the Blackboard message. I will then get back to you and tell you if we must talk more or I think you are safe as is. As said in several places,


Alternative if you don’t have access to a word processor: Blackboard’s message tool lets you do both strike through and underlining, but it does not let you save a draft so it is very inconvenient.


Tip for Your Brain Power in Doing These Actions

Put your book and what you wrote side by side so you can compare them easily. I have found touching the words on each one very helpful in making myself observe carefully. If you are left handed, you may want to reverse the pattern;

·         With the textbook on the left

·         What you wrote on the right.


The source turned to the exact page you were using for the content




The topic displayed in Blackboard


What you wrote for your Practice Essay








How to You Know What to Do?

With these comparisons, you put the pages you actually used as content side by side with what you wrote:

·         With the textbook on the left

·         What you wrote on the right.


The pages you were actually using from the textbook



or—if you used a URL—a print of that


The topic displayed in Blackboard


What you wrote for your Practice Essay







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