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History Class Participation Rubric

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are a history teacher, then class participation is probably an important part of how you help students make sense of material. This lesson offers a rubric you can use to assess and encourage your students' participation.

Using a Rubric to Teach History

Are you a history, social studies, or humanities teacher who incorporates history into your instruction? If so, then class participation is probably important to you. After all, when students share answers to questions, participate in discussions about sources, concepts and data from history, or pose questions of their own, they help solidify and deepen their understanding. Class participation is also a good way for you as a teacher to assess what students know and what they may still need more help with.

To encourage greater class participation, you might want to consider using a rubric. A rubric is an assessment tool that breaks down your expectations into discrete categories and then lists criteria for each of the categories. Rubrics can help students better understand your expectations; they also keep your assessment fair and help encourage students to try their hardest. The rubric in this lesson is one example, and you can modify the categories and criteria to meet the needs and expectations of your class.

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