This page is dedicated to the debate about whether this new type of project should or should not be graded based upon a rubric. Because this type of assignment is so new, very few students and even fewer teachers have had any experience with it. This page is exploring one question: do the same types of assessment still apply to new, more authentic, types of a assignments.

Running Tally

On the Fence...
No Rubric!
10 Students
1 Student
14 Students

In Students' Own Words

  • I think that a rubric is not necessary because [the assignment] has such broad circumstance.
  • Rubrics keep me on task and focused. They give me goals to reach for and go beyond. I know what I need to accomplish. I know what I can do on my Utopia.
  • People may not know what to do or how much multimedia to add. People may not complete the template. People may go above and beyond while other people may barely finish the template (Will they both get A's?) If someone writes about nonsense that doesn't show a lot of effort it isn't equal to that of a person who put a ton of work into their Utopia.
  • Our utopias are ours. No one else can fully understand them. It's entirely personal even though you may get ideas from other people.
  • Rubrics help us have some sort of outline for what our utopias should be like. The rubric gives us a minimum expectation for what the utopia might be life.
  • I think that we should have a rubric for these reasons: First, if we didn't have a rubric there would be no requirements for the project. This would most likely make most of us confused on how to get a good grade. Second, it will make the project easier for us. It will make the project easier by telling us what requirements for the project are and how we can get a certain grade on the project.
  • I believe we should not have an actual rubric. I believe that we should still grade our utopias, but we should grade it on how much it makes sense. We could have a few requirements, but not a rubric. The reason I believe we shouldn't have a a rubric is because it might affect the way people write. I know it affects me a little because I have to find a way to add in something I hadn't planned to go in.
  • I don't think we should have a rubric because if we are forced on things we don't want it's not really our utopia.
  • I think that a utopia is a very personal thing and that each one is unique and individual. It's very hard to grade them fairly in a general way. So on one hand I don't think we can fairly judge each utopia from one rubric. On the the other hand, I don't think that it's fair just to give everybody A's because then some people might not work to their full potential. However, I do think that we will all work hard on it because it is fun. So I think that we don't really need a rubric, but it might help some people be more organized and to have a goal for their end project.
  • I think that we should have a rubric so that we have a goal to work for. Without a rubric, there isn't anything for us to work toward. With a rubric, we have a standard that we want to try and beat.
  • I think that we should have a rubric to follow for the utopias. If we don't, there are no basic standards that our utopias have to meet--it would be very open-ended. Also, you (Mr. Wilkoff) would not have a solid comparison to use when grading our worlds. On the other hand, if we did have a rubric, you would be able to grade us based upon a set list of requirements and we would know more specifically what our utopias should be liek. I think that we should establish a rubric for our utopias just as a guide to follow for us and you.
  • I don't think that we should have a rubric. It would be really hard to grade every Utopia fairly and the same. I think that we should be graded on getting the work done and the quality of our work.
  • I think that there shouldn't be a large amount of rules but a small guideline for us to follow. Utopias are meant to be creative, not restrictive.
  • We shouldn't because some people would have to change their utopia to fit the rubric. When you are following a rubric, you are pretty much making it the rubric's utopia, not yours.
  • We shouldn't have a a rubric because every Utopia is different. Some people like just working on their utopia and not commenting that much. Some people like commenting and like working as a side kind of thing. I think that any progress is good progress. I don't think you should be forced to comment and discuss. I think it would be nice to do it, but I don't think it should be a requirement.
  • Our LA class is based on breaking down the walls. If we have a rubric, this project becomes a normal, boring prompt. Everyone will stress about the rubric instead of focusing on their project. Also, I don't think a rubric with our ideas will work. Everyone made their ideas, which were most likely based on their utopia. Another way a rubric might put up boundaries would be that everyone would base their utopias on the rubric, so as to get an A. In this way no utopia would be truly unique. (If you are wondering what else we could do with no rubric, here is my idea: I think Mr. Wilkoff should grade our utopias personally. He could talk with us and read our worlds. Then decide what our grade should be.)
  • Ok so, I've been thinking about this for while and I'm still not sure, so here are my reasons for both sides: We do need a rubric because otherwise, how are we going to know what we're working to create and how are you going to grade our pages without a rubric? But, we don't need a rubric because we're making websites . I mean we are all going to do different things and how can you create rubrics that grade for effort?
  • We shouldn't have a rubric because all of our utopias are unique and we have put so much time and effort that we shouldn't be judged by our work. We all get A's.
  • I think we should have a rubric but it shouldn't be strict. There should be room for leverage, but still be able to keep us on track. This way we can do what we want with our utopia, but it will keep us from going too far.
  • Should we have a rubric? Yes and no. With a rubric, we have exact guidelines that turn a creative project into a dull project. However, without a rubric, we have nothing to guide us in the making of a utopia. It comes down to a stalemate, the only way to conquer a stalemate: compromise. All in all, it boils down to having a rubric, but a flexible rubric. There should be a rubric, but one without exact numbers, for example, you can have only one picture, but that picture must explain your utopia the way more images can. Mainly, we should be graded on the effort, originality, explanation, and thoughtfulness of our ideas. That way, we have something concrete to grade on, not just opinions on how well a certain utopia would function. As for the actual things on the rubric, it doesn't matter to me as long as I'm not graded on someone else's opinion, just on my thoughts.
  • I don't think we should have a rubric because with limits and requirements come form and form makes something forced and inauthentic.
  • I think we should have a rubric because it would help us get an A. But, I think it would make everything way more difficult.
  • I do not think we should have a rubric since everyone's project will be different.
  • There should be a rubric so that there are guidelines for our utopia. People need a visual goal to strive for. You need to know what to do before you do it.
  • I do not think that we should have a rubric because an idea of someone's utopia being good and matching all of the requirements are their own. They could make the best utopia ever, but not have enhanced it with anything.

The Decision

Each student will create two sets of requirements for their utopia:
  1. A set of minimum requirements that they want to get done.
  2. A set of ideal requirements that is their goal.

They will base these sets of requirements upon the following categories:
  • Discussion
  • Multimedia
  • Links
  • Presentation
  • Coherence (Makes sense, Lack of holes in utopia)
  • Time spent per day/week
  • Adherence to template

They will get these two sets of requirements approved by Mr. Wilkoff and then they will write them up on a wiki page and link it to their main utopia page.

Then, at the end of the project, each student will conference with Mr. Wilkoff about how they measured up to their ideal goals, presenting what they have done and showing the effort it took to do it.