Rubrics for Grading Student Presentations

This semester I developed some rubrics for grading student presentations in class. They include criteria such as preparation and presentation skills. The rubrics are designed so that they can be used either for native speakers or language learners.

There are 4 different rubrics. I used them with my university-age students. They could also be easily used with adult learners or high school students. For younger grades, you may want to adapt them to their level.

Feel free to use them, share them or let them inspire you to create your own.

Have a quick look here:

Rubric #1

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Rubric #2

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Rubric #3

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Rubric #4

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Sometimes the links disappear from Scribd and if that has happened, you can also download them directly from my blog:

Click the link to download –> Presentation Grading Rubric 1 

Click the link to download –> Presentation Grading Rubric 2 (Updated in 2013) 

Click the link to download –> Presentation Grading Rubric 3

Click the link to download –> Presentation Grading Rubric 4 (Updated in 2013)

Update : March 19, 2013 – If you are looking for these and the links do not work, please e-mail me at saraheaton2001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca. I’ll be happy to send them to you.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

6 Responses to Rubrics for Grading Student Presentations

  1. Shannon says:

    Note there is a typo in the word appropriate in rubric 2. Thanks for posting these.

  2. hiram says:

    Thanks for making these publicly available! From a teacher in Montreal

  3. Sarah – Thanks for sharing. I’m stuck on the title of the document – as I don’t think the documents qualify as rubrics. Rather, I see them more as scoring guides. I think what makes a rubric so powerful is the fact it enables students to understand quality at different levels. In contract, using the tool you shared, if a student receives a 7 under “verbal articulation”, they do not know what they need to do differently in order to get a 10. Granted, the teacher can provide written feedback but that forces the student to wait for external feedback and have to guess at what qualifies as a 10 on their first attempt.

    Below is a link to a presentation rubric I developed with a 6th grade teacher:

    Looking forward to the conversation – Jennifer

  4. leppad says:

    In my non-professional opinion, I like these well enough. They remind me of assessments done by class members as we gave various geological presentations to the class as students but not anywhere near as organized as yours are. I think if we had yours, we would have had a lot less grief! Perhaps the “appropriate attire” thing might have to be clearly defined to something like “not distracting to the audience” in order to avoid personal taste issues. I don’t know.

    • Good point about the clothing. I’ve had female students do presentations with such plunging necklines, they almost showed their belly button, and male students do presentations with jeans hanging well below their waist, showing off their undergarments. I like your wording of “not distracting to the audience”. 🙂

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