Guidelines for How I grade Tutorial Comments:
So in looking at comments for a tutorial on rule of thirds, the rubric breakdown would translate as follows:
This comment would be a Level 4 comment:
Rule of Thirds isn’t just a way for photographers to direct a viewer’s eye to a specific part of an image, it’s also a way to command a viewer’s attention by having them linger long inside an image. By using the Rule of Thirds, photographers, and artists are able to organize their works in a way that gives the necessary space and time to visually digest an image.
By aligning an area of note along the intersecting lines at the center of a traditional tic-tac-toe set up, a photographer can perfectly line up points of interest in a photograph, in order to [provide a more profound experience to the viewer.
This comment would be a Level 3 answer:
By using the Rule of Thirds, photographers, and artists are able to organize their works in a way that gives the necessary space and time to visually digest an image by aligning the focal points of the image along the intersecting lines of a tic-tac-toe board.
This comment would be a Level 2 answer:
Rule of thirds makes people look at things where you want them to look.
This comment would be a Level 1 answer:
Rule of thirds rocks! I love it!
So the level 4 answer would result in an A grade for that post.
A level 3 answer would result in a B grade for that post.
A level 2 answer would result in a C grade for that post.
A level 1 answer would result in a D grade for that post.
I do this so that we go beyond the surface of things, level 1 answers are obvious, at that level you are just saying whether or not you approve or disapprove. Level 2 and 3 answers start to evaluate the photo, bringing up points to celebrate or criticize, bringing out a more critical eye to the photograph. Level 4 answers pull the whole thing together that truly shows a higher level of engagement with the photo and the accompanying comment.