Grading Rubric - Synthisophy Course
7 papers in this course - 40% of final grade:
100 – shows a complete understanding (100%) of the topics
90 – shows an understanding of 90% of the topics
80 - shows an understanding of 80% of the topics
70 - shows an understanding of 70% of the topics
60 - shows an understanding of 60% of the topics
50 - shows an understanding of 50% of the topics
The lowest of the 7 grades will be discounted for each student.
rades will be discounted for each student.
Class Participation - 40% of final grade:
Students will learn how to improve their ability to think and reason, to better understand
the basis for their opinions, and to build rational arguments based on fact in discussions
and debates; as well as developing cooperative, non-judgmental and listening skills –
This grade will be determined by my observation and documentation of student performance
in these areas from the start of the course as the baseline to the end of the course, as
reflected in their improvement in their ability to think critically and present rational arguments
in political discussions as well as improvement in their cooperative, non-judgmental and
listening skills. Guidance in this area will be provided by myself over the course of these
discussions and 1:1 with students as suggested or requested.
Final Paper- 20% of final grade:
Provide a description of synthisophy in the context of history, science, politics and society.
Then choose an area they might pursue to address polarization in politics and society
today and Take Action, as brainstormed and covered in Chapter 29. Students will address
that topic and describe what they would do or what actions could be taken to address that
issue and solve that problem.
100 – coherent presentation with a rational description of topic and process
75 – semi-coherent presentation with a partially rational description of topic and/or process
50 – incoherent presentation with unclear description of topic and/or process
Numerical grades of 50 to 100 will be given based on the above gradient