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Science Project Writeup Rubric & Checklist

Spring Research Paper Checklist
and Rubric for Grading

Section
Description of research paper items and resulting points.
% of Grade
% Received
Title Page
-Title contains the Common Name of chosen species

2

Introduction

-Your topic is introduced in an interesting way to catch interest of the reader
-You preview the main points of the paper
-Accomplished in 1 paragraph
* (Parenthetical references are not required in this section if the points are going to be made again in the "Findings" section. If you use an attention grabbing introductory point that is not going to be used again, then it needs a parenthetical reference.)

8

Findings
0%
65%
75%
85%
100%
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "What its name means, its classification, and what organisms it is related to and evolved from"
Not Present
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"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Where on Earth it is found (range), habitat preference, a map of its range is included, and a image (still or video) of the species in its habitat is included"
Not Present
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"
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Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Physical description of your species and a close up picture "
Not Present
"
"
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Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Your species' structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations"
Not Present
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"
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Content is adequate to cover the topic of "This species' survival status (keystone, threatened, endangered, foundation, indicator, and/or invasive "
Not Present
"
"
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Content is adequate to cover the topic of "current research that has been done on this species by scientists "
Not Present
"
"
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Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Something Special about this species that is your personal connection, legend, or interesting story"

50

Findings Content Adjustment (from the entire paper's gade)
100% from findings content grade
-35% from findings content grade
-25% from findings content grade
-15% from findings content grade
-0% from findings content grade
Parenthetical references are not used (This results in a "0" for your paper)
Minimal information in this section is tied to the literature cited with parenthetical references
Some information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
Most information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
All information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
Parenthetical references are not used as requested (This results in a "0" for your paper) Few Some Most All parenthetical references have (Author's Last Name, Year of Publication with a link to the information that jumps the reader to the web document anchor #)
Your paper is plagiarized (This results in a "0" for your paper) Very little Some Most All material has been paraphrased in your "voice" and style of writing. Minimal plagiarism is found . "Quotation marks are used for statements that are not paraphrased."
minus ___ out of 100  
Conclusion
0%
65%
75%
85%
100%
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
You summarized your findings to remind the reader of you paper's main points in 1 paragraph
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
You make a thoughful statement to bring closure to the paper.
10
 
Mechanics & Organization
65%
75%
85%
100%
Grammar usage was a problem throughout
Some grammar usage was a problem
Very few grammar errors
No apparent grammar errors
Organization: Sentence structure was choppy and hard to read
Organization: Some sentence structure was a problem
Organization:Very few problems with sentence structure and smoothness of reading
Organization: This writeup read very smoothly because of proper sentence structure and flow of thoughts
Organization: Sources are choppily pieced together in chunks one source at a time Organization: Sources are not very smoothly integrated into a coherent flow Organization: Sources are somewhat integrated into a coherent flow Organization: Sources are smoothly integrated into a coherent flow
Spelling and punctuation was a problem throughout
Some spelling and punctuation was a problem
Very few spelling and punctuation errors

No apparent spelling and punctuation errors

30
 
Literature Cited

-Please list your sources that you used in your "Findings" section. They should be in alphabetical order by the author's last name. See Ex. Res. Paper using CSE.
-8 authored sources. No anonymous sources accepted as "the 8 " (sources must have a human author with a last name). Anonymous sources can be used, but not included in "the 8." In other words, if you used 2 anonymous sources, you would need 10 total.
-contains at least 4 primary resources (scientific journals)
IF YOU HAVE 4 OUT OF 8 REQUIRED AUTHORED SOURCES, THEN YOUR MAX GRADE IS 50%

This section must be included to get credit given above
 
Web Documents

-copies of the sources actually used in your findings in a gambassa.com web document
-URL of linked to the original source at the top of the web document
- text highlighted (one color if it pertains, another color if actually used) if it is used (books need to have bibliography information and pages used; journals sources should include entire article)
-highlighted text needs a numbered anchor (like [1]) in front of it (use hyperlink icon).
-parenthetical references should be linked from the research paper to the web document (see tiny world icon to get "share link" URL address with a "#1" at the end of the link to the number of the anchor in the web document)

This must be included to get credit given above.
   GRADE :     

 

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Created By: Ken Pitts
Science Project Writeup Rubric & Checklist

Spring Research Paper Checklist
and Rubric for Grading

Section
Description of research paper items and resulting points.
% of Grade
% Received
Title Page
-Title contains the Common Name of chosen species

2

Introduction

-Your topic is introduced in an interesting way to catch interest of the reader
-You preview the main points of the paper
-Accomplished in 1 paragraph
* (Parenthetical references are not required in this section if the points are going to be made again in the "Findings" section. If you use an attention grabbing introductory point that is not going to be used again, then it needs a parenthetical reference.)

8

Findings
0%
65%
75%
85%
100%
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "What its name means, its classification, and what organisms it is related to and evolved from"
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Where on Earth it is found (range), habitat preference, a map of its range is included, and a image (still or video) of the species in its habitat is included"
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Physical description of your species and a close up picture "
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Your species' structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations"
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "This species' survival status (keystone, threatened, endangered, foundation, indicator, and/or invasive "
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "current research that has been done on this species by scientists "
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Something Special about this species that is your personal connection, legend, or interesting story"

50

Findings Content Adjustment (from the entire paper's gade)
100% from findings content grade
-35% from findings content grade
-25% from findings content grade
-15% from findings content grade
-0% from findings content grade
Parenthetical references are not used (This results in a "0" for your paper)
Minimal information in this section is tied to the literature cited with parenthetical references
Some information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
Most information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
All information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
Parenthetical references are not used as requested (This results in a "0" for your paper) Few Some Most All parenthetical references have (Author's Last Name, Year of Publication with a link to the information that jumps the reader to the web document anchor #)
Your paper is plagiarized (This results in a "0" for your paper) Very little Some Most All material has been paraphrased in your "voice" and style of writing. Minimal plagiarism is found . "Quotation marks are used for statements that are not paraphrased."
minus ___ out of 100  
Conclusion
0%
65%
75%
85%
100%
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
You summarized your findings to remind the reader of you paper's main points in 1 paragraph
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
You make a thoughful statement to bring closure to the paper.
10
 
Mechanics & Organization
65%
75%
85%
100%
Grammar usage was a problem throughout
Some grammar usage was a problem
Very few grammar errors
No apparent grammar errors
Organization: Sentence structure was choppy and hard to read
Organization: Some sentence structure was a problem
Organization:Very few problems with sentence structure and smoothness of reading
Organization: This writeup read very smoothly because of proper sentence structure and flow of thoughts
Organization: Sources are choppily pieced together in chunks one source at a time Organization: Sources are not very smoothly integrated into a coherent flow Organization: Sources are somewhat integrated into a coherent flow Organization: Sources are smoothly integrated into a coherent flow
Spelling and punctuation was a problem throughout
Some spelling and punctuation was a problem
Very few spelling and punctuation errors

No apparent spelling and punctuation errors

30
 
Literature Cited

-Please list your sources that you used in your "Findings" section. They should be in alphabetical order by the author's last name. See Ex. Res. Paper using CSE.
-8 authored sources. No anonymous sources accepted as "the 8 " (sources must have a human author with a last name). Anonymous sources can be used, but not included in "the 8." In other words, if you used 2 anonymous sources, you would need 10 total.
-contains at least 4 primary resources (scientific journals)
IF YOU HAVE 4 OUT OF 8 REQUIRED AUTHORED SOURCES, THEN YOUR MAX GRADE IS 50%

This section must be included to get credit given above
 
Web Documents

-copies of the sources actually used in your findings in a gambassa.com web document
-URL of linked to the original source at the top of the web document
- text highlighted (one color if it pertains, another color if actually used) if it is used (books need to have bibliography information and pages used; journals sources should include entire article)
-highlighted text needs a numbered anchor (like [1]) in front of it (use hyperlink icon).
-parenthetical references should be linked from the research paper to the web document (see tiny world icon to get "share link" URL address with a "#1" at the end of the link to the number of the anchor in the web document)

This must be included to get credit given above.
   GRADE :     

 

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2012 Spring Research Paper Rubric

Created By: Ken Pitts
Science Project Writeup Rubric & Checklist

Spring Research Paper Checklist
and Rubric for Grading

Section
Description of research paper items and resulting points.
% of Grade
% Received
Title Page
-Title contains the Common Name of chosen species

2
Introduction

-Your topic is introduced in an interesting way to catch interest of the reader
-You preview the main points of the paper
-Accomplished in 1 paragraph
* (Parenthetical references are not required in this section if the points are going to be made again in the "Findings" section. If you use an attention grabbing introductory point that is not going to be used again, then it needs a parenthetical reference.)

8
 
Findings
0%
65%
75%
85%
100%
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "What its name means, its classification, and what organisms it is related to and evolved from"
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Where on Earth it is found (range), habitat preference, a map of its range is included, and a image (still or video) of the species in its habitat is included"
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Physical description of your species and a close up picture "
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Your species' structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations"
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "This species' survival status (keystone, threatened, endangered, foundation, indicator, and/or invasive "
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "current research that has been done on this species by scientists "
Not Present
"
"
"
Content is adequate to cover the topic of "Something Special about this species that is your personal connection, legend, or interesting story"

50

Findings Content Adjustment (from the entire paper's gade)
100% from findings content grade
-35% from findings content grade
-25% from findings content grade
-15% from findings content grade
-0% from findings content grade
Parenthetical references are not used (This results in a "0" for your paper)
Minimal information in this section is tied to the literature cited with parenthetical references
Some information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
Most information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
All information in this section is clearly tied to the literaterature cited with parenthetical references.
Parenthetical references are not used as requested (This results in a "0" for your paper) Few Some Most All parenthetical references have (Author's Last Name, Year of Publication with a link to the information that jumps the reader to the web document anchor #)
Your paper is plagiarized (This results in a "0" for your paper) Very little Some Most All material has been paraphrased in your "voice" and style of writing. Minimal plagiarism is found . "Quotation marks are used for statements that are not paraphrased."
minus ___ out of 100  
Conclusion
0%
65%
75%
85%
100%
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
You summarized your findings to remind the reader of you paper's main points in 1 paragraph
Not Present
Information content is well short of covering the topic
Information content is not adequate to cover the topic
Information content is almost adequate to cover the topic
You make a thoughful statement to bring closure to the paper.
10
 
Mechanics & Organization
65%
75%
85%
100%
Grammar usage was a problem throughout
Some grammar usage was a problem
Very few grammar errors
No apparent grammar errors
Organization: Sentence structure was choppy and hard to read
Organization: Some sentence structure was a problem
Organization:Very few problems with sentence structure and smoothness of reading
Organization: This writeup read very smoothly because of proper sentence structure and flow of thoughts
Organization: Sources are choppily pieced together in chunks one source at a time Organization: Sources are not very smoothly integrated into a coherent flow Organization: Sources are somewhat integrated into a coherent flow Organization: Sources are smoothly integrated into a coherent flow
Spelling and punctuation was a problem throughout
Some spelling and punctuation was a problem
Very few spelling and punctuation errors

No apparent spelling and punctuation errors

30
 
Literature Cited

-Please list your sources that you used in your "Findings" section. They should be in alphabetical order by the author's last name. See Ex. Res. Paper using CSE.
-8 authored sources. No anonymous sources accepted as "the 8 " (sources must have a human author with a last name). Anonymous sources can be used, but not included in "the 8." In other words, if you used 2 anonymous sources, you would need 10 total.
-contains at least 4 primary resources (scientific journals)
IF YOU HAVE 4 OUT OF 8 REQUIRED AUTHORED SOURCES, THEN YOUR MAX GRADE IS 50%

This section must be included to get credit given above
 
Web Documents

-copies of the sources actually used in your findings in a gambassa.com web document
-URL of linked to the original source at the top of the web document
- text highlighted (one color if it pertains, another color if actually used) if it is used (books need to have bibliography information and pages used; journals sources should include entire article)
-highlighted text needs a numbered anchor (like [1]) in front of it (use hyperlink icon).
-parenthetical references should be linked from the research paper to the web document (see tiny world icon to get "share link" URL address with a "#1" at the end of the link to the number of the anchor in the web document)

This must be included to get credit given above.

 

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Most Invasive

Invasive Pythons
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All pythons and boas including the Burmese python are considered threatened by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species. This means that species permits will be required for the import/export of these animals between countries. The related Indian python (Python molurus molarus) is considered endangered and listed as an animal. Burmese pythons are now protected in Thailand and consequently relatively few wild collected animals are being imported into Europe and the U.S.

Hatchling Burmese pythons measure between 18 inches (runts) and 29 inches. Breeders indicate an average length of 22 inches among captive-bred animals. The average weight of the hatchlings will be around 4oz (115g). Female Burmese pythons can grow to between 13 and 18 feet and there are records of animals over 19 feet but no authenticated records of animals over 20 feet. Males are typically smaller and their range from 8 to 14 feet though occasionally a male will grow to a length of 16-17 feet. For their size, Burmese pythons are among the heaviest of the giant snakes with 17-18 foot animals achieving weights of over 200 lbs.

Under captive conditions, Burmese pythons will grow to sexual maturity at an amazing rate. Growth rates achieved with females by herpetoculturists under optimal feeding conditions typically show the following growth pattern. By the end of 12 months, growth to a length of 6 to 9 1/2 feet. By 18 months, growth to between 9 1/2 to 10 1/2 feet.

Common Name: Burmese Python
Scientific Name: Python Molarus Bivittatus
Where on Earth is it a problem: Authorities in the Sunshine State estimate that more than 30,000 Burmese Pythons infest Everglades National Park and that number is growing as the scaly invaders have very few predators. Alligators up to five feet long have been found inside the bellies of captured pythons, as have a wide variety of native endangered species who have no defense against the scaly serpents.
Where did it come from?: Indo-Chinese subregion (including Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam), Southern China, Hong Kong, Hainan, Borneo, Celebes, Java and Sumbawa.

Most Endangered


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Favorite Keystone

Starfish Keystone
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Coolest Predator Adaptation


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