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Stevens Institute of Technology

 
Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics

Assessment

Each of the questions from the student worksheets in the Student Directions can be used for assessment based on the following sample rubric.

Student Worksheet Questions Score (points)
Part A: Develop a Hypothesis
1. States a hypothesis
5 3 1
Hypothesis is sensible and clear.  Hypothesis is  clear. Hypothesis is provided.

 

____/5
2.  States a Prediction
5 3 1
Prediction is sensible,  clear, and based on hypothesis. Prediction is  clear, and based somewhat on hypothesis. Prediction is made.

 

____/5
Part B: Look for Patterns
1. No answer needed
 
2. Plots earthquakes on world map
5 3 1
All earthquakes are accurately plotted Some earthquakes are accurately plotted Earthquakes are plotted

 

____/10
3. Explains pattern to data
5 3 1
Provides a clear explanation using supportive facts Provides a somewhat clear explanation Provides an explanation

 

____/5
4. Explains whether additional data supports hypothesis
5 3 1
Provides a clear explanation using supportive facts Provides a somewhat clear explanation Provides an explanation

 

____/5
5. Explains why establishing a pattern is useful
5 3 1
Explanation is sensible, detailed and clear.  Explanation is detailed and clear. Explanation is provided.

 

____/5
Part C: Tectonic Plates
1. No answer needed  
2. Explains earthquake pattern with respect to tectonic plates
5 3 1
Explanation is sensible, detailed and clear.  Explanation is detailed and clear. Explanation is provided.
 
____/5
3.  Speculate on reason earthquakes occur in certain locations.
5 3 1
Explanation shows complete understanding  concepts Explanation shows some understanding  concepts Explanation shows very limited understanding  concepts
 
____/5
Total: ____/45

(NOTE: this RWLO is based on the Musical Plates Project)


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