# Commitment to Critical Thinking Rubric —Middle School

 4 3 2 1 Effort Both in school I investigate a I often only get I do not bother and out of school, I try to find out as much as I can about important issues topic before I form an opinion about it. I look for information from a information from sources that are easy to find and that I will agree with to find out about a topic before I form an opinion. before I form my opinions. variety of sources before making up my mind. when forming opinions. Knowledge of I use several strategies (such as using the library, searching on the I use two or three strategies to learn about a topic. I usually only use one strategy to learn about a topic. I do not know how to find information about a topic. Strategies Web, and asking experts) to learn about a topic. Use of I use the I use the When reminded, I I do not use the Strategies strategies I learned on my own to learn about issues inside and outside of strategies I learned on my own to learn about issues in school. use strategies to learn about issues. strategies I learned. school. Persistence If an issue is important, I keep looking until I find enough If an issue is important, I look for information on the topic. If an issue is important, I look for information on the topic if it is I usually do not look for information on a topic even if I think it is information to form a well-supported opinion. easy to find. important. Flexibility I keep my mind I can change my I usually make up I make up my mind open after I form an opinion and change it when I find new and important mind when I learn new, important information. my mind on important topics very quickly, and I seldom change it, even when I quickly, and after my mind is made up, I hardly ever change it. evidence. learn about new information that contradicts my opinion. Accuracy I feel strongly that I am careful to My work is My work is often the work I do inside and outside of school should be accurate and precise, so make sure my work is accurate. sometimes careless and imprecise. careless, sloppy, and inaccurate. I take time and use appropriate resources to produce quality work.
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