# Reasoning Rubric—Middle School

 4 3 2 1 Forming I base my opinion on good evidence that I I base my opinion on credible evidence. I base my opinion on evidence that is not I do not base my opinion on evidence. Opinions synthesized from many credible sources. credible. Supporting I show that I understand complex issues by My opinion addresses more than one viewpoint. My opinion addresses only one viewpoint. My opinion does not seem to address a viewpoint. Opinions investigating and synthesizing information from a variety of viewpoints. Predicting I use a thorough understanding of the subject to I use an understanding of the subject to make With help, I can make reasonable predictions. I I do not make predictions. make reasonable predictions. I revise my predications when necessary. reasonable predictions. I usually revise my predictions when necessary. sometimes revise my predications when necessary. Drawing Conclusions I use my personal experiences, knowledge, I use my personal experiences, knowledge, With help, I can make inferences and use them to I do not draw conclusions, or the conclusions I feelings, and thorough understanding of the subject to make inferences. I use feelings, and understanding of the subject to make inferences. I use draw conclusions. Sometimes my conclusions are not meaningful or logical. draw are insignificant or illogical. inferences to draw meaningful and logical conclusions that add insight to my inferences to draw meaningful and logical conclusions. understanding. Determining Cause and Effect I can identify multiple causes and effects for an I can identify multiple causes and effects for an With help, I can identify multiple causes and I cannot identify multiple causes and effects for event or situation. I can prioritize causes according to impact. I understand event. I understand the difference between causation and correlation. I use effects for an event. I sometimes confuse correlation and causation. an event. that correlation is not the same as causation. I can use my understanding to my understanding to determine causes and effects. determine logical causes and effects. Visual Representation I can create a detailed visual representation I can create an accurate visual representation I can create a somewhat accurate visual With help, I can create a visual representation that clearly shows the relationships among various causes and effects. that shows causes and effects. representation that shows causes and effects. that shows causes and effects. Communication I can explain my reasoning processes and the I can explain my reasoning processes and the I can somewhat explain my reasoning processes and I cannot explain my reasoning processes or my conclusions I have drawn in a clear and thorough way. conclusions I have drawn. the conclusions I have drawn. conclusions in a way that people can understand.