Social Studies Presentation Rubric Examples

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  • 0:31 Basic Presentation Rubric
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
Presentations are a useful tool to use to assess student understanding of a variety of topics in social studies. This lesson will help you set your purpose and expectations for this kind of activity by providing some example rubrics you can use.

What Are Presentations and Rubrics?

Constantly giving tests to assess student knowledge in social studies can get repetitive and boring. Presentations are an alternative type of assessment in which students work independently or in groups to research, synthesize, and present information to the class. However, to make these presentations useful and informative with regard to student learning, you will need to use a rubric, which is a table used to assign points to certain aspects of an assignment, letting students know the expectations you have for their work.

Basic Presentation Rubric

The first example rubric will be one that can be changed to suit a wide variety of presentation projects. This will be a basic rubric that can cover all of the important areas of a social studies presentation. On this rubric, there are 5 categories that can be scored on a scale of 1-4. The five categories include:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Visuals
  3. Oral Presentation
  4. Creativity
  5. Grammar/Spelling

Accuracy refers to how well researched and accurate the information in the presentation is. Visuals include things like pictures, maps and other visual aids that make presentations more visually appealing. The oral presentations score will depend on how easy the student was to understand during the presentation. The creativity score will depend on how interesting the project was. Grammar and spelling is simple: was all written information free of spelling and grammatical errors?

This example rubric shows a more in depth view of each of these categories. Generally, this rubric will set expectations for all areas of a social studies presentation and can be adjusted to suit different types of basic projects. For example, this rubric can be used for a presentation on an important historical figure, a geographical area, or an argument for or against certain issues in the world.

An example of a basic presentation rubric.

Specific Presentation Rubric

A basic rubric will help with many different kinds of presentations, but sometimes you might want to grade projects in more specific areas, depending on the assignment. This is where creating a specific rubric tailored to the project is a useful tool. The example rubric in this lesson is one created to set expectations for a presentation that uses a slide show as a visual aide. The categories of this rubric, graded 1-4, are:

  1. Accuracy
  2. Slideshow
  3. Preparedness
  4. Oral Presentation
  5. Grammar/Spelling

As you can see, the categories have been adjusted to more specifically set expectations for a slideshow presentation. These kinds of presentations are best suited for topics that require many visual aids, such as one about the economics of certain countries, which would use many graphs and images. Another example could be a presentation on a war, which might need images of important figures, battles, and documents.

An example of a rubric for a slideshow presentation.

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