Sample Rubric for 30-second Summary

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					                            Sample Rubric for 30-second Summary

                  Summarizing                                       Academic Language
                                                 Vocabulary                     Structure
4   Summarized text with clear identification    Used targeted words or     Used complete sentences,
    of main ideas. Stated key points and         expressions (need to raise effectively, concisely
    most significant details in student's own    it a bar…)
    words, reflects a synthesis of information
    being summarized

3   Summarized text identifying the main         Used targeted words or        Used complete sentences
    ideas. Stated key points and important       expressions (According to,
    details in mostly in student's own words,    reported that, resulted in,
    generally reflects underlying meaning        etc.) appropriately

2   Stated some points and details which         Used targeted words or        Used nearly complete
    may be superficial, minimal use of           expressions, though does      sentences (missing small parts
    student's own words, minimal reflection      not convey the meaning in     of speech)
    of underlying meaning                        usage

1   Stated few, if any, main ideas and/or        Used part of targeted         Used incomplete sentences
    details with little or no use of student's   words or expressions or       (left out key features, such as
    own words, no reflection of underlying       did not use not at all        verb or subject)

English learners and reluctant students may benefit from this progression of expectations for
expressive oral language. The rubric can be revised to be more demanding as appropriate for
student performance and grade level expectations.

This practice assumes that the students are well-versed in summarizing in written form (the
first column in the rubric could be used by the teacher to review what students write before
they are expected to speak on a topic). Teachers can use the summary frames used by
Marzano in Classroom Instruction that Works (see references) to help students analyze and
synthesize information while reading and in writing before they are asked to speak. These
frames would help determine which academic language is the target…

This exercise encourages the habit of using academic language. The teacher should be clear
about what the targeted expressions are beforehand, and use this not as a time to grade
students, but to use frequently as a way of seeing progress each time the students perform
this activity.

Extending this lesson - students could be working on listening skills while a student is
summarizing, for example. Students listen for "according to _(whom)_ (what was the result)… "