25 max for each category score
Required paragraphs: All four paragraphs described in the article commentary format are present and are of appropriate length and detail.
Article selection: Article is current (within 3 months, very relevant to science, from an excellent magazine, journal or website. The article should be at least a half page.
References: An excellent source is fully cited, the paragraph clearly demonstrates that the student learned and communicated that new knowledge.
Editing: No spelling or grammatical errors throughout the commentary.
Other grading criteria: If absent on due date, the article commentary is due upon return. If turned in late, then it is 5% off the final grade per class meeting or unexcused absence. Article Commentaries may be turned in before the deadline after they are assigned.