US State Project Rubric
Outside of project
Your name is included
Project is in the shape of the state
Name of state is written in large block lettering
Capital is labeled and marked with a star (and in the correct geographic location)
Major landforms are represented, labeled and colored (mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, deserts, etc.)
State is colored appropriately to represent the geographical areas (i.e. a dry state might be tan). Use colored pencil please!
Words are clear and legible
All words are gone over with a black fine-tipped pen. Title should be bolder and stand out.
All requirements for a “3” are met, plus:
Project is visually appealing and detailed in appearance (shape is precise, coloring and lettering are done with precision, map is carefully detailed, etc.)
Major and minor landforms are represented, labeled and colored (mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, etc)
Major cities are labeled (and in correct geographic location)
Famous Landmarks are labeled (and in correct geographic location)
All words are gone over with a black fine-tipped pen and no pencil marks are visible
q Any extra detail about the topic of the map included
Project is in the shape of the state but with little detail or precision
Title or name is missing
Capital not in correct location
Few major landforms are represented (mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, etc)
Map is colored but with few labels
Some words are gone over with a black pen and some pencil marks are visible
Words are unclear or illegible
Map is labeled using minimal detail
Project is in the shape of the state but with no detail or precision
Title and name is missing
Capital is missing
No major landforms are represented (mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, etc)
Map is not color coded
Words are not gone over with black pen (most pencil marks visible)
Words are unclear/ illegible
Map is barely labeled
Inside of project:
State flower is researched and named
State tree is researched and named
State seal or flag is researched and drawn
Largest city by population is researched and named
Nickname or motto are researched and named
Governors’ name is researched and written
Bordering states/ countries are researched and named
Three interesting facts about the state are written.
Report includes a paragraph about a famous person from the state, a famous landmark and its history or a famous event from history that took place in the state.
All words are typed and neatly assembled on the inside of the state.
All the requirements for a “3” are met, plus:
State flower is neatly drawn with appropriate colors
State tree is neatly drawn with appropriate colors
Largest city is recorded with population statistics
Write a paragraph about one of the following you did not already include: famous person, famous landmark, famous historical event.
State timeline is recorded with at least five major dates
Any extra detail about the topic of the state included
Missing or incorrect state flower, tree, flag or seal
Missing or incorrect largest city
Missing or incorrect nickname and motto
Missing or incorrect Governor
Missing or incorrect bordering states and/or countries
Missing a fact or facts are unclear/irrelevant
Paragraph is too short and/or missing important details and lacking in information
Missing state flower, tree, flag and seal
Missing largest city
Missing nickname and motto
Missing Governor’s name
Missing some bordering states/countries
Paragraph is missing.
Your Guide to the Galaxy
For our first book project this year, you are going to read a book that takes place in another world, universe, alternate dimension or galaxy! Then, you are going to write a Travel Brochure to help us prepare to experience that world.
Step 1: Choose your book according to the standards below.
- This book must be in the Fantasy or Science Fiction Genre (this way, the world you are describing will not be exactly like the world we live in)
- Step 2: Read the book. Bring the book to class every day for reading and taking notes. Take notes on things in the following categories (see attached note guide):
- What is the environment like in this world? What type of clothes or gear would we need to pack to visit?
- What kind of people or creatures will we meet there? Are there special powers or magic we should know about?
- What are the accommodations like? Hotels? Tents? Space stations? How do people travel?
- What should we eat? Or avoid eating?
- What sights should we see, or avoid seeing? Are there important things we should put on our schedule?
- Is it safe to visit? Will we be caught in a war or other conflict? How can we stay safe?
- Plan to include images to help us see the environent
Step 3: Complete the Project (We will have several work sessions in class).
Step 4: Participate in Galactic Travel Day on November _____-- (a chance to introduce many people to the Universe you discovered). You may give students a “taste” of your book during the travel day. (If you need help getting resources for food, let me know! I can help!)
Name ___________________ Book Title _________________________
I certify that my project is based on the book, and not the movie! _____________________
Guide to the Galaxy Travel Brochure Rubric
All elements for a 3 have been met, plus extra relevant and interesting information!
Guide has specific and detailed information about the environment, creatures, foods, things to see or avoid.
Guide has some information about the environment, creatures, foods, things to see or avoid.
Information is missing or inaccurate
Guide is neatly typed and easy to read, with NO errors
Guide is neatly typed and easy to read, with only one or two errors
Guide is typed with several errors, or difficult to read
Guide is not typed or it has many errors and is difficult to read
Guide has 3 or more pictures, including a map. All pictures and map have captions
Guide has 3 or more pictures, including a map. There are some captions
Guide is missing some pictures or map, or they are not relevant
Where are the pictures?