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  • A temporary gallery store featuring alumni artists and designers, curated by Robert Apodaca, Owner, Fifth Floor Gallery.

     

    Reception for Alumni and Friends of Otis
    July 25, 3-5pm
    RSVP Required

  • Trials and Troubles

    Jul 25| Special Event
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    Rachel Kushner, Benjamin Weissman, Tom Brosseau; Marcel Dzama, Welcome to the Land of the Bat, 2008 (detail)

    Saturday July 25, 7pm, Free
    Trials and Troubles: A Night of Songs and Stories with Tom Brosseau, Rachel Kushner, and Benjamin Weissman

  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Rubrick Comic

What is a rubric and why should I bother to use one?

If learning is a journey, then rubrics are like maps for that journey. We already use many different maps for students: checklists, grading criteria, rating scales, critiques, qualitative rubrics, holistic rubrics, each useful depending on the destination. A checklist is great for basic skills that have yes and no answers and don’t require any indication of where the student is on the yes and no scale. A rating scale collects information on how often something happens (often on a scale of 1-5) but the numbers don’t necessarily have any relative meaning.

A rubric is a scoring tool that looks like a matrix with a list of criteria that contains descriptors in a performance scale which tells the students what the different levels of performance looks like. They help the student understand where they are in the development of their work, and help them to become independent learners. They also help save on grading time because once you’ve made one, you can just circle the categories.

 

Rubric Resources

Rubric Template for Otis

A Guide to Designing a Killer Rubric

A link to a good discussion on rubrics, “Understanding Rubrics”  by Heidi Goodrich Andrade
RubiStar:  Generates rubrics. Registration may be required but there is no cost.

Rubrick Sample