Critical Thinking based on 6 categories

1. Problem/Issue
Identification of issues
1. Problem/Issue
2. Analysis of Problem/Issue/Investigation
2. Analysis of Problem/Issue/Investigation
Alternate points of view
3. Credibility of Resources/Source Material
Resources/source materials
4. Conclusion/Problem Solution
4. Conclusion/Problem Solution
4. Conclusion/Problem Solution
Conclusions/ Solution(s)
5. Creativity
6. Communication with and Adaptation to the Audience
"Communication/ Adaptation "
Exemplary 4
Proficient 3
Developing 2
Beginning 1
  • Clearly identified, explicit.
  • Clearly identified and explained.
  • Selected & used appropriately.
  • Thoroughly considered multiple alternate points of view.
  • Appropriate & relevant (number content, credible).
  • Thoroughly considered.
  • Ideas well integrated into a coherent argument, solution, presentation, etc.
  • Conclusions/solutions based on evidence/sound methods.
  • Fresh ideas, reflecting in-depth student engagement with the topic.
  • Highly evident.
  • Identified implicitly or incompletely described.
  • Clear identification, somewhat unclear explanation.
  • Some inappropriate choice/use of method(s).
  • Thoroughly considered attention to one alternate view.
  • Most resources/ sources relevant, appropriate credible.
  • Given some attention.
  • Ideas integrated into a somewhat coherent piece.
  • Most conclusions/solutions based on evidence.
  • Some new insights, reflects some in depth consideration of topic.
  • Evident most of the time, a few lapses.
  • Problem/issue present, but a little ambiguous.
  • Identified, not explained.
  • Choice/use of method(s) needs improvement.
  • Some attention to at least one alternate view.
  • Some resources/source materials are relevant, appropriate, credible.
  • Limitations mentioned briefly.
  • Some connections to a few ideas are made.
  • Some unwarranted conclusions drawn, or some solution errors.
  • Very few new insights; primarily based on collection & repetition of other people’s ideas, products, images.
  • Few small considerations of communication and/or adaptation.
  • Problem/issue ambiguous/ not present.
  • Not identified, not explained.
  • Completely inappropriate choice & method(s) use.
  • Obvious alternate views ignored.
  • No resources/source materials are relevant, appropriate, credible.
  • Limitations ignored.
  • Ideas lack connection or coherence.
  • Conclusions/solution(s) unwarranted; maintains preconceived views regardless of evidence or need for different solution.
  • No evidence of engagement/new ideas on topic; work simply a rehash of other people’s ideas.
  • "No communication/

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