Blog Post Requirements

I will be grading the blogs fairly quickly (though I will be reading them). Remember, the primary goals of the blog posts are to engage with the reading or the topic. If you struggled with the reading, talk about the one thing you felt like you understood. If you thought the reading was incredibly easy, find an interesting way to support or criticize it.

These posts don’t need to be formal. You can start out with “I thought this was boring, but…” or “I really hated this author, but I thought she had a good point.” Still, as you can see from the rubric, the posts DO need to be focused and have a point.

Every blog post you write should:

  • Be approximately 400 words in length
  • Include some explanation/summary of the reading (even if you’re explaining just a few sentences)
  • Include at least 1 example from your life/experience/research to support your view
  • Ask one question at the end of post that could potentially be picked up and discussed by others in the class OR answer someone else’s question.
  • Include at least 1 picture that connects with the post.

The table below defines the grading criteria for the blog posts.

Rating Characteristics
10 pts Exceptional. The blog entry is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The entry demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic. The post clearly advances our class discussion.
8 – 9 pts Satisfactory. The blog entry is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The entry reflects moderate engagement with the topic.
6 – 7 pts Sub-par. The entry is thoughtful and well written, but is very similar to another student in class. The evidence and examples are not clearly discussed, and it’s hard to what kind of point the author is trying to make. This is also the highest grade a post can receive if it’s missing one of the four major criteria.
4 – 5 pts Underdeveloped. The blog entry is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The entry reflects passing engagement with the topic.
2 – 3 pts Limited. The blog entry is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.
0 – 1 pts No Credit. The blog entry is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences.