Class Discussion Rubric

An “A” Presentation demonstrates that:

____ The presenter showed thorough and clear preparation that displayed that the student understood the work thoroughly along with its important elements.
____ The presenter was well organized and discussion questions led to an examination of issues that drew on previous questions.
____ Excellent and interesting questions that allowed other students to gain a thorough understanding of the important and key elements at in the work. The questions directly referred to the work discussed and were thought provoking.
____ The presenter facilitated others in the discussion by drawing on their responses through active listening. The presenter redirected questions by others that were vague while still allowing a space for others to speak freely.
____ The presenter demonstrated excellent communication skills through eye contact, gestures, and calling on others by name. The presenters voice commanded a presence that allowed and encouraged others to speak freely..

A “B” Presentation demonstrates that:

____ The presenter was adequately prepared to lead discussion although there was room for some improvement. The presenter showed an understanding of most of the work although some important elements were not highlighted.
____ The organization of the presentation was thorough although some of the issues did not lead to an understanding of the work. The presenter could improve by placing some the discussion questions in different order.
____ The presenter had good questions that allowed other students to explore important and key elements in the text. Many of the questions directly referenced the readings.
____ The presenter did a good job at facilitating discussion by actively listening to responses and drawing on them. There were some marginal moments where the speaker dominated or allowed others to dominate much of the conversation.
____ The presenter demonstrated good communication skills although sometimes failed to maintain eye contact or call others by name. The student’s voice commanded a presence that allowed others to speak freely.

A “C” Presentation demonstrates that:

____ The presenter was somewhat prepared but only showed a partial understanding of the work that missed important key elements ____ There was a partial although evident organization to the discussion. The presenter’s questions were thorough but they only sometimes built on one another. The student would often go off topic.
____ The presenter asked adequate questions that allowed other students to explore the basic issues of the text. Many of the questions directly referenced the readings.
____ The presenter did an adequate job at facilitating discussion although some responses were altogether ignored or failed to be drawn upon. The presenter commonly dominated the conversation rather than allowing or waiting on others to speak.
____ The presenter demonstrated adequate communication skills but could improve in eye contact or gestures. The students voice commanded a presence that allowed others to speak freely most of the time although the presenter sometimes sounded timid.

A “D”/”F” Presentation demonstrates that:

____ The presenter was inadequately or completely unprepared and showed no or only partial evidence of understanding the work or its important elements.
____ The presentation was disorganized and the questions did not build on one another. The student stayed off topic for a good portion of the discussion.
____ The presenter asked vague or broad questions that only marginally or wholeheartedly failed to address the work and few of the questions directly referenced the work.
____ The presenter did a poor job at facilitating discussion. Questions rarely drew on previous ones and the presenter dominated most, if not all, of the discussion.
____ The presenter demonstrated poor communication skills by failing to maintain eye contact or calling others by name. The presenter often sounded timid or afraid.