Images of America -

Analyzing Music Videos: Grading Rubric


Integrated U. S. History and American Literature Class
Deborah Aufdenspring and Sandra Mings-Lamar


New Technology High School, Napa, CA

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Rubric: Group Work

Research:

A = Demonstrates thorough research from a variety of sources. Research is integrated into an easily understood explanation.

B = Research from at least two non-Internet sources. Viewers of the presentation get a clear understanding of what the research says.

C = Research from one non-Internet source. Viewers of the presentation have some idea of what the connection is between the research and the video.

Analysis:

A = Obvious thought went into the analysis. Group presents more than one possible interpretation of the videoís meaning and theme. Five or six specific images are used as evidence for the groupís interpretation of the theme, and the connection between the images and the theme of the video is clearly explained. If the video is politically controversial, both sides of the controversy need to be explained.

B = The analysis took into account the interpretations of the groupís members, but the explanation of different ideas is somewhat unclear. Three or four images are used as supporting evidence. Link between supporting images and theme is clear. If the video is politically controversial, both sides of the controversy need to be explained

C = One interpretation of theme is presented. Two or three supporting images are used, and the link between the supporting images and the theme is clear.


Group Skills:

A = All members of the group do their own jobs and help with othersí tasks. Communication between members is pleasant, effective and results in a good presentation. The group members show caring and concern for the success of all of the other members. Group members show respect for each other and appreciation for the talents of each member in the group.

B = All members of the group do their own jobs and help with others tasks. Communication is polite/civilized. The presentation shows that the members cooperated well with each other. Group members show respect for each other.

C = The group managed to get a presentation together with very little damage done to each other.


Presentation:

A = Clear, interesting, original work in which all members participate, appear to enjoy what they are doing, and which holds the interest of the audience. Well organized; easy to understand. The group has practiced and refined its presentation. Audience reaction is, "Cool! I never thought of things that way."

B = Clear, interesting, original work in which all members participate and appear to hold each other in respect. Presentation is well organized, well practiced, and easily understood. Audience is taught something new.

C = Presentation is organized, if not very original. All members participate, but do so unequally. The presentation makes sense, but does not demonstrate originality, nor does it present information that holds the interest of the audience. Some group members are confused about what they should be doing.

Rubric: Individual


Research: Same as for group work.

Analysis: Same as for group work.

Group Skills: Not applicable.

Writing Skills:

A = Clear, interesting and original work. Well organized. Uses essay format with clear introduction, support and conclusion. Obviously proof-read and corrected. No more than 1% of essay has spelling, or other technical errors. All sources accurately cited (See citation format handout).

B = Clear, interesting and original work. Well organized. Uses essay format with clear introduction, support and conclusion. Obviously proof-read and corrected. No more than 5% of essay has spelling, or other mechanical errors. All sources accurately cited (See citation format handout).

C = Organized, but not very original. Does not adequately follow essay format. Information is essentially correct, but difficult to follow in places. Needs proof-reading; 6% to 20% of essay has mechanical errors.



Quick Links


Introduction - Analyzing Music Videos
Music Video Assignment
Analysis Tips
Comparing and Contrasting Music Videos
Grading Rubric

Stills of Sample Videos, with Sample Analysis Questions:
Billy Joel.....Erykah Badu.....Pop up Videos.....Tracy Lawrence

Rage Against the Machine.....Vince Gill.....Van Halen.....Aqua.....12 other videos

Videography
For Teachers...

For examples of recent student projects on analyzing music videos:
Student Work

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