Problem Identification: Relevance to speakers

In-depth rubric explanations, examples, and video exemplars.


Higher Quality Rating (4 points)

Written Example: Description of the problem includes some discussion of relevance to the everyday lives or aspirations of the speakers

Presenters directly name or describe how the problem being discussed is impactful to their lives and matters to them in a real way.  

Lower Quality Rating (1 point)

Written Example: The audience is unclear what the topic is at the onset of the presentation. Students may jump right into data collection, data, or findings around a particular issue but never state the specific topic. Alternatively, so many topics may be introduced that the presentation becomes confusing.

Video Example 1: This example is exceptional because students clearly connect their topic directly to their local context (high school, city, community). Students also highlight how they conducted their research, worked with other high schoolers, and faced obstacles within their own local context. 

Video Example 2: The presenters do an excellent job establishing a personal connection to their topic, gentrification. The young man addresses why the group chose the topic and how they arrived at a research problem that could be tackled in the allotted time frame for the project. Two of the young women share personal stories of how gentrification has impacted their lives and will continue to do so.

Video Example: In this presentation, the students feature the video of peer recounting his experience with bullying and share statistics of how many young people are impacted by bullying. However, it is not clear if the presenters themselves have a personal connection to the topic other than making an inference based on they themselves being in high school.