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Earth System Science ESS Analysis Rubric

ESS Protocol Step Three--Part 1
Event <--> Sphere interaction analysis (what? how? and why?)

Your Event Image of a double-sided arrow. Sphere analysis should include:

  • A list of the effects of the Event on each Sphere (E > S) with reasoning and support.
  • A list of the effects of each Sphere on the Event (S > E) with reasoning and support.

You should write as many E > S and S > E interactions as you can. These interactions should be accurate and have depth of reasoning and quality of support.

Note: Use the rubric below to evaluate and improve your Event Image of a double-sided arrow. Sphere analysis as you complete it. Your work will be graded based on the rubric being applied to each interaction you list. The rubric contains three criteria on which each interaction will be evaluated. These criteria include accuracy, depth of reasoning, and quality of support. Ratings for these criteria range from 0 to 4.

The ratings for the three criteria will be averaged together. For each interaction that earns an average rating of 3 or 4 for the three criteria, you will receive one point toward the total number of points you can earn for this assignment. Your teacher will determine the total number of points available for this assignment.

ESS Protocol Step Three--Part 2
Sphere
Image of a double-sided arrow. Sphere interaction analysis (what? how? and why?)

Your Sphere Image of a double-sided arrow. Sphere analysis should include:

  • A list of the effects of each Sphere on the other Spheres (S > S) with reasoning and support.

You should write as many S > S interactions as you can. These interactions should be accurate and have depth of reasoning and quality of support.

  • A list of the chains of interactions between the event and 3 or more spheres.

Combine the E > S and S > E interactions from Part I with the S > S > S interactions from Part II to create as many causal chains as you can.

Note: Use the rubric below to evaluate and improve your Sphere Image of a double-sided arrow. Sphere analysis as you complete it. Your work will be graded based on the rubric being applied to each causal chain you list. The rubric contains three criteria on which each causal chain will be evaluated. These criteria include accuracy, depth of reasoning, and quality of support. Ratings for these criteria range from 0 to 4. The ratings for the three criteria will be averaged together. For each causal chain that earns an average rating of 3 or 4 for the three criteria, you will receive one point toward the total number of points you can earn for this assignment. Your teacher will determine the total number of points available for this assignment.

Rubric Criteria: Accuracy

4 Rating:
Insightful, comprehensive, accurate interaction.

3 Rating:
Comprehensive, accurate interaction.
2 Rating:
Detailed, accurate interaction.
1 Rating:
Simple, partially accurate interaction.
Rubric Criteria: Depth of Reasoning
4 Rating:
Uses scientific reasoning, concepts, and processes to completely explain the interaction.
3 Rating:
Uses scientific reasoning to describe how scientific concepts and processes explain the interaction.
2 Rating:
Lists scientific concepts and processes in the explanations for the interaction.
1 Rating:
Lists at least two explanations for the interaction.
Rubric Criteria: Quality of Support
4 Rating:
Compelling synthesis of existing data and knowledge to support the interaction.
3 Rating:
Uses logic to interpret data and information from authorities to support the interaction.
2 Rating:
Uses reliable data from multiple sources to support the interaction.
1 Rating:
Uses relevant and respected authorities to support the interaction.

 

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