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Rubric For Assessing Journal Responses
(Adapted from The Shape of Change: A Curriculum for Building Strong Communities and a Sustainable Economy. Ó 2000 Susan Santone/Creative Change Educational Solutions. http://www.creativechange.net Used with permission.)

Rating Content of work/
responses to questions
Personal reflection Self-assessment
4 · My response is thorough. · I make meaningful connections to important ideas from the lesson.· I draw upon previous knowledge and/or connect my response to larger issues. · I support my responses with relevant details and accurate facts. · My reflections are thoughtful and complete. · I reveal personal feelings about the topic. · I reflect on personal experiences related to the topic. · I uses humour, questioning, and other techniques that probe for deeper meaning. · I describe how my understanding has changed using specific, meaningful examples.· I make comparisons between what I understood before and what I understand now.· I raise important questions for further exploration, or describe new topics I'd like to learn.
3 · My response is adequate but could be more thorough. · I make some connections to ideas from the lesson.· I support my responses with some details and facts, but they are not completely accurate. · My reflections are adequate, but could be more thoughtful. · I reveal some personal feelings about the topic. · I mention personal experiences but don't reflect on them.· I use some humour or questioning in my writing. · I describe how my understanding has changed and give some examples. · I make comparisons between what I understood before and what I understand now.· I briefly mention new questions or topics for exploration.
2 · My responses is incomplete.· The connections I make to other ideas or information are weak. · I provide only weak or incomplete supporting evidence. · My reflections are brief. · I reveal very little about my personal feelings or experiences. · There is little reflection or questioning; it sounds as if I'm not really interested in the topic. · I provide some information about how my understanding has changed. I don't include any examples. · I provide only limited comparison between what I understood before and what I understand now.
1 · My response is random or unrelated to the question. · My writing is disorganized and unconnected to any important ideas. · My reflection is limited or superficial. · I don't reveal any personal feelings or ideas. · I don't reveal anything about how my understanding of the issue has changed.
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