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Calibrated Peer ReviewTM: Discovering Dinosaurs

Amanda Palmer-Julson and Elizabeth A. Heise, Blinn College
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Summary

In this activity, students write an essay on the history of scientific discoveries in the field of dinosaur paleontology. Some links to web sources on the topic are provided. Students need to address particular questions listed on the activity page. The essays are then evaluated via Calibrated Peer Review.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This activity is appropriate for an introductory class in paleontology, earth history or other geoscience class addressing the study of dinosaurs.

Teaching Materials

Assignment Preview: A full version of the activity can be obtained by faculty after they register on the CPR site (more info) .

Teaching Notes and Tips

Information on Calibrated Peer Review and how to make use of it in your classroom can be found on this Starting Point Page: Calibrated Peer Review

Assessment

The student essays are evaluated using Calibrated Peer Review. Students read and grade a few sample papers, then read and grade some of their peers' papers, and finally re-read and evaluate their own writing.

References and Resources

Options for HTML Formatting of CPR text (more info) : This page explains how students can use simple HTML commands to format their CPR essay.

CPR Text Rating Guidelines (more info) : A guide to scoring essays in a CPR assignment.


Subject

Biology:Evolution, Geoscience:Paleontology

Resource Type

Assessments:Peer Assessment, Activities:Writing Assignment

Grade Level

College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

Ready for Use

Ready to Use

Earth System Topics

Biosphere, Time/Earth History, Evolution

Topics

Time/Earth History, Biosphere

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