Science/Strand III/Content Standard 5/Middle School/Benchmark 3
Assessment Example

Students will read a news article describing the deer population increase and its effects on other populations within its food web. They will write letters to the editor describing changes in a population. They will include both positive and negative effects on other populations in a food web and create a plan for solving the problems created by these population changes. The students will submit these letters for publication to a newspaper or magazine.

(Give students rubric before activity.)

Scoring Rubric

Criteria

Apprentice

Basic

Meets

Exceeds

Identification of population change

States one possible change in one population.

States clearly the possible changes that occur in two populations.

States clearly the possible changes that occur in three populations.

States clearly numerous changes that occur in four or more populations.

Description of population change

Describes one effect of the deer increase on other populations.

Describes two effects of the deer increase on other populations.

Describes three effects of the deer increase on other populations.

Describes detailed, numerous effects of the deer increase on other populations.

Correctness of mechanics

Shows limited use of proper writing mechanics.

Shows some use of proper writing mechanics.

Uses proper writing mechanics.

Uses proper writing mechanics in a highly expressive, creative manner.