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CATEGORY Summary 

4 Summary is no more than 2 minutes in length, but yet provides thorough background to the event sufficient for class to discuss.

3 Summary is no more than 3 minutes in length, and provides thorough background to the event sufficient for class to discuss.

Discussion Questions

At least 5 questions are prepared. Questions are thoughtful and show presenter’s understanding of the event thoroughly. Article is from a reputable news source. Article has impact on the large community; it is not an isolated event with limited impact. Correctly fits assigned category. No more than 3 distracting words Student maintains eye contact consistently Is well prepared Student is polite and respectful of presenter. Student participates meaningfully at least 3 times. Student is able to link the event to at least 1 unit of study in a meaningful and obvious way. The linkage is clear from the article choice but is also explained well.

At least 5 questions are prepared. Four questions are thoughtful and show presenter’s understanding of the event, but one question could use better development.

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Article choice

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Audience skills

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Link to World history

2 Summary is no more than 2 minutes, but could have used more development or understanding on the part of the presenter OR Summary is more than 3 minutes but sufficiently thorough. At least 5 questions are prepared. Two or more questions could be more thoughtful or student does not show sufficient understanding of the event. Article is not from a reputable news source. Article has impact on the large community; it is not an isolated event with limited impact. Correctly fits assigned category. Five or more distracting words Student maintains eye contact consistently Student is not confident with material he/she is presenting. Student is polite and respectful of presenter. Student participates meaningfully at least 2 times. The student attempts to link to a unit of study, but the linkage is forced and does not seem clear.

1 Summary is less than 1 minute and insufficiently developed OR student includes too many details for class to discuss/understand.

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Less than 5 questions are prepared. Two or more questions could be more thoughtful or student does not show sufficient understanding of the event.

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Significant distracting words. Inconsistent eye contact. Student is not confident with material Student has side conversations or is otherwise disrespectful. Student participates 1 time or less. Student does not link event to a unit of study.

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