Building A Discussion Rubric through Text Connections

Building A Discussion Rubric through Text Connections
Language Arts
Time Frame:
3-4 class periods, then ongoing
The classroom and Ed Tech teachers shared conversations with students about what makes a good post & what makes a good reply. From that, the students developed levels and criteria for a class discussion rubric. They test-drove the initial rubric against their Text-to-Self connections and then modified their design, as they saw fit.
The result is intended to be a version revisited as opportunities to tweak and strengthen arise.
1) Launch discussion about feedback:
  • connect to feedback received from teacher on project, coach on game, etc.
  • what kind of feedback do we receive from friends? Consider similarities/differences to that offered by adults
  • kids identify meanings for critical, meaningful, relevant, polite, etc.
  • which of these are most important to their classroom community of learners? Why/How do they make a difference (personal/group)?
2) Circulate various discussion rubric samples, giving one to each pair or group of three students. This can be done digitally by posting samples in Moodle or on Wiki.
3) Have each group find one element they like and one element they would change about their sample rubric, being sure to have an explanation ready for why they selected each.
4) Students either post their "feedback" digitally next to their sample rubric, or share their sample rubric and "feedback" with whole class.
5) Groups rotate to consider a second sample and respond to the feedback posted by the initial groups
6) Class discussion about feedback process
  • what elements did they use in this process: critical, meaningful, relevant, polite, etc.
  • Identify common elements among all sample rubrics:
    • likes - any word or phrasing changes needed?
    • dislikes - anything we don't want to include in our rubric?
7) Students brainstorm to create headings for each section (we used Moodle to collect brainstorm of headings)
HW: students had opportunity to post additional suggestions on Moodle before next class
8) Class votes on headings to be used
9) Class selects headings and preferred elements of sample rubrics to be applied to class model
10) Students apply model to work from a previous lesson
11) Reflect & discuss how the model worked/changes to be made?
10) Students use existing posts from content activity (we used Text-to-Self connections from current novel) to apply draft rubric in practice
11) revisit & revise, as needed...
  • Reading: text-to-self connections
How will you assess the students learning?
  • participation in process, both f2f and digitally
  • application of developed rubric
  • Moodle, Wiki or Blog
    • communication forum - Moodle, wiki, or other
    • digital environment for posting rubric so it is readily available to all students
  • Links to teacher or student examples
This is the result of lots of thinking and tweaking...good stuff. Although there is still work to be done, the kids really did a nice job on this.


Use the Embed Widget tool to add a Discussion Area widget. Bump the number to 100. This will take the comments from the discussion tab and add them to the bottom of the page. This will encourage teacher reflection and modification.