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Group Project Description

A small group of students will research one of the "You be the Judge" pages in the textbook (listed on the inside cover). Each group summarizes its research in a website, and uses the website as a visual aid during a 50-minute class presentation. The website and class presentation are graded for the whole group, although I reserve the right to adjust this grade depending on individual contribution to the project.



  • The website will serve three functions:

    • your group's research paper,

    • an information resource (like a textbook) for others to use, and

    • a visual aid for your class presentation.


Web design

  • The most important guideline in developing the web site is the rubric. Make sure you read and understand it.
  • Feel free to use any web development software. Here is a short manual for Dreamweaver that I recommend to use.
  • See sample websites made by students in the past:
  1. Should technology lead the quest for better schools?

  2. Does school violence warrant the use of zero tolerance policies?

  • Always keep a back-up copy of your website, and all materials that go into it. Computer disasters do happen. Use a zip disk or a flash drive to keep your information, because a floppy disk is too small and too slow for a website.
  • On the day of presentation, upload your website, and bring a disk, just in case.  Paste the link to your site on the Websites forum; type the group number and the topic in the subject, and simply paste the link in the message, so people can look at your site and discuss it.
  • Caution: do not simply cut and paste a text from other websites; this would be an instance of plagiarism. If you quote someone, make a proper reference.
  • When making links, hide actual web addresses in your links; don't make them visible (see samples below). References to paper sources should be placed on each page of your website according to the APA style. Reference to on-line source should be placed as close as possible to the quoted text, for example:
    • According to a Harvard professor James Smith, public schooling has outlived its usefulness.
    • The main argument in support of school uniforms arises from concern for school safety, as one parent advocacy group suggests (Parents for School Safety).


Group Project Rubric



Advanced  (8-10 points each)

Proficient (5-7 points)

Developing (1-4 points)

Introduction to the issue

- Introduces the issue effectively and clearly

- The audience is told clearly what to expect (i.e., the parts of the presentation, a roadmap as to how the presentation will be ordered)

- Defines key terminology

- Shows debate's significance: Why this topic is important? (statistics, multimedia, etc. that help set the context)

- Introduces the topic

- The audience is told what to expect

- Defines some terminology, yet important terms are left undefined

- Shows debate's significance (mainly anecdotal evidence)

- Introduction is confusing

- The audience is not told what to expect

- Uses terminology without definitions

-Show debate's significance by making a claim that is insignificant

Yes side


- Each point  is clearly explained and supported by factual evidence

- Provides at least 3 refereed (peer-reviewed) journal articles

- Includes other scholarly sources (book chapters, etc.)

- Most points  are explained and supported by factual evidence

- Provides 2 refereed journal articles or book chapters

- Points are stated but not explained

- One or no refereed journal articles or book chapters used, relies mainly on non-scholarly sources

No side

Same as Yes side Same as Yes side Same as Yes side


- Group develops a website with a logical structure, consistent layout and adequate graphical elements

- Either video or audio media is used in addition to the website

- Website is properly uploaded and functional

- Group uses PowerPoint, Publisher or similar presentation, with a logical structure, consistent layout and adequate graphical elements - Paper-based visual aids
Class presentation

-Informative (Tell the audience something it does not know already, and will find useful).

-Organized (There is an apparent plan, structure, order).

-Engaging (The audience is actively involved).


Two the the three criteria met One of the three criteria met
Total 50 35 20


Quick links:

Text book website


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APA format

Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process, Spring 2007