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"Power Lines"
Lesson 1: Powerless?: Oral History Project
Grading Rubric

This assignment is based on an assignment titled "Gather Your Own History: Oral History Project" in Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine History, by Amy Hassinger, University of Maine Press, forthcoming, 2000.



Criteria for an A grade:

1. Thorough and well-informed questions for the interview, based on the information in the video, Power Lines.

2. A thorough and probing interview, tape-recorded, and conducted smoothly.

3. A 2-3 page paper, typed, and double-spaced, with minimal mechanical and grammatical errors.

4. A paper that clearly summarizes the interviewee's experiences with electricity and contrasts those experiences well with the student's experiences today.

5. A paper that uses several direct quotations from the interviewee to support the statements made in the paper.

Criteria for a B grade:

1. Solid questions for the interview, based on the information in the video, Power Lines.

2. A well-conducted interview, tape-recorded, perhaps not as smoothly as an A interview.

3. A 2-3 page paper, typed, and double-spaced, with a few mechanical and grammatical errors.

4. A paper that summarizes the interviewee's experiences with electricity and contrasts those experiences with the student's experiences today. Not as clear or well written as an A paper.

5. A paper that uses some direct quotations from the interviewee to support the statements made in the paper.

Criteria for a C grade:

1. Questions prepared for the interview, based on the information in the video, Power Lines. Not quite thorough or well informed enough as A or B questions.

2. A tape-recorded interview that is conducted sloppily, reflecting less effort than in an A or B interview.

3. A 1-3 page paper, typed, and double-spaced, with several mechanical and grammatical errors.

4. A paper that attempts to summarize the interviewee's experiences with electricity and to contrast those experiences with the student's experiences today.

5. A paper that uses little to no direct quotations from the interviewee to support the statements made in the paper.


Based on this rubric, how would you grade your performance on this project? Explain your reasoning below:

Grade: ____







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