Back in the Day Rubrics

Your Back in the Day project is divided into different steps. Each step is graded according to a rubric. You can use the rubrics to guide your work, sort of like checklists to keep you focused on the tasks ahead of you.

Notecards Rubric: (and your score)

  • ___ (15 points) You have 30 or more notecards that follow the format given to you (see the example given)

7 points for staying on track, about 10 notecards per week
8 points for the final result: 30 notecards
  • ___ (15 points) Each notecard has a main idea or main fact & several bullets (sub-points); bullets are short phrases, not complete sentences, written in your own words (you avoid plagiarism)

  • ___ (15 points) Your 30+ notecards evenly cover all sections of the BITD outline, about ½ for News (national & international), and the other ½ for the rest of the outline points (Entertainment & your chosen area)

  • ___ (5 points) Each notecard has a 1, 2 OR 3 (or higher if you have more than 3 cards) in the upper-right corner, referring to the bibliography card number telling what resource you used to gather this information (see Bibliography Cards below)

___ (50 points) Total Possible Points

___ Your Score ÷ 50 = ___%


Bibliography Cards Rubric: (and your score)

  • ___ (15 points) You have at least 3 Bibliography cards

7 points for staying on track, about 1 (or more) per week
8 points for the final result: 3+ bibliography cards
  • ___ (5 points) Each Bibliography card has a 1, 2 or 3 in the upper-right corner (or higher if you have more than 3 cards)

  • ___ (15 points) Each Bibliography card uses the correct format (MLA format; use Easybib.com to obtain the correct format)

  • ___ (15 points) You have at least 3 different kinds of sources, including a paper-based resource (digital forms of paper-based articles are OK), a website, and an interview of your BITD parent

___ (50 points) Total Possible Points

___ Your Score ÷ 50 = ___%


Back in the Day Final Draft Rubric

Total Points Possible: 100

  • ___ (6 points) Length: You have at least 3 and not more than 5 double-spaced pages

3 points for staying on track, about 1/2 page daily until complete
3 points for the final result: 3 pages when due 
  • ___ (24 points) EvennessYour final draft includes all three portions of the Outline. Each portion of the Outline is given an adequate and appropriate amount of detail; your "coverage" is even, with about half of the detail for News (National & International) and the other half for the rest of your Outline (Entertainment and your chosen area). Your 3-page paper should follow this guideline: 

    • Page 1: Intro/thesis, News
    • Page 2: News (continued), about 1/2 page, and Entertainment, about 1/2 page
    • Page 3: Entertainment (continued), about 1/3 to 1/2 page, and Compare/Contrast/Opinion paragraph, about 1/2 to 2/3 page, then Conclusion Paragraph.
  • ___ (10 points) Transitions: You move from section to section smoothly, using transition sentences to move from point to point and paragraph to paragraph

  • ___ (10 points) Citations: You've included in-text citations in paragraphs where you used someone else's knowledge or information; you give credit to the source of your information by including an in-text citation in parentheses at the end of those paragraphs. You should have a 1, 2, 3 or higher in parenthesis at the end of each paragraph where you used one of your resources. If you use more than one, you should list the numbers you used For example: (1) -or- (1, 3, 4).  Your Bibliography should agree with your in-text citations, meaning that you should have each source listed on your Bibliography page and the same sources should be on your final draft somewhere like this: (2, 3, 5).

  • ___ (7 points) Title Page: Your title page includes your title, name, subject, teacher's name and due date in the proper format as shared with you.

  • ___ (7 points) Bibliography: Your Bibliography is in alphabetical order, correct MLA format, and includes a minimum of 3 different sources as described in the Back in the Day documents.

  • ___ (7 points) Double-spacing, indentation: Your final draft is double-spaced and each paragraph is indented with no extra spaces between paragraphs. Title information is not included in the Body of the paper, but is on a separate Title Page (see above)

  • ___ (25 points) Revisions: You used the C.U.P.S. revising and proofreading strategy to correct any Capitalization, Punctuation (especially run-on sentences), and Spelling errors. You've checked for clear Understanding and revised all sentences and paragraphs to make sure your paper "flows" smoothly from point to point in a logical manner. You use the "3 and then me" approach to peer and parent editing, and have had 2 peers and 1 parent review your paper and give you feedback before turning it into "me" (your teacher). Your final draft should be error free and ready-to-publish.

  • ___ (4 points) Neatness: Your final draft is neat and orderly

___ (100 points) Total Possible Points

___ Your Score ÷ 100 = ___%