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Calibrated Peer ReviewTM: Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean - Geologic History of A Large Igneous Province

Elizabeth Heise, Blinn College
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This activity explores the significance and geologic history of the Kerguelen Plateau Large Igneous Province, as revealed by Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Legs 120 and 183. After they examine all the source material (links provided in the activity page), the students write an essay addressing the important points of what they learned. The Calibrated Peer Review interface is then used to give feedback on the essays.

Learning Goals

Students will:

Context for Use

This activity is appropriate for a structural geology or petrology class where students are expected to learn about Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs).

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


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

Background information about the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) (more info)

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) : This file contains guidelines to help you students CPR essays.


Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes

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

Time/Earth History, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks, Solid Earth:Igneous Processes


Time/Earth History, Solid Earth


Teach the Earth:Teaching Environments:Intro Geoscience, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology

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