Rubric for Assessing Comparing and Contrasting Presentations







High Quality



Poorly Skilled


Establishes and maintains clear understanding of the assignment; expresses ideas with clarity



Demonstrates clear understanding of assignment; ideas are clear



Inconsistent understanding of assignment; ideas not clear



Little or no understanding of assignment




Each idea and sentence flows smoothly; topic sentences for paragraphs; supporting statements; use of transitions; structure; begins and ends clearly



Clear and appropriate topic sentences; logical progression of supporting statements;





Topic sentences unclear; uses supporting statements; shows some evidence of structure and sequencing



No evidence of topic sentences; no supporting statements; lacks sequencing and structure





Ideas show a variety of details; consistently uses accurate information; effective use of quotations; appropriate and sufficient information





Information and details are coherent, appropriate, accurate and support the topic; says what is needed; uses supporting quotations





Some inaccuracies; not enough information; information too general; contains some relevant material; but lacks coherence and development of ideas; does not use quotations


Information is mostly or all inaccurate or inappropriate; little or no relevance; says too much or too little







Precise and vivid vocabulary; demonstrates variety of sentence types, lengths and beginnings; consistent and appropriate point of view


Appropriate vocabulary; sufficient variety of words; variety of sentence types; consistently uses appropriate point of view



Some appropriate vocabulary; lacks sentence and word variety; demonstrates appropriate point of view



Inappropriate vocabulary; repetitive words; inappropriate or inconsistent point of view



Comparison and Contrast

Selects important features or attributes of the items that can provide insight into the nature of those items being compared. Draws insightful and thoughtful conclusions from the similarities and differences, usually highlighting either one or the other.





Selects characteristics that can provide for a meaningful comparison.
Draws some thoughtful conclusions from the comparison.











Selects characteristics that provide for a partial comparison of the items.  Isnít clear about the significance of the comparison.










  Selects characteristics that are not important and donít lead to insightful conclusions.  Uses the identified similarities and differences to reach important conclusions or insights.   Does not get far beyond noting similarities and differences.




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