How to be Machiavellian and Other Useful Techniques for Taking Over the World: Rubric Creation (Day 2 of 4)

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SWBAT cite strong and thorough textual evidence of what The Prince says explicitly and implicitly by creating rubrics for Machiavellian leaders.

Big Idea

Reading difficult text requires support and opportunities for discussion. Today we will Provide a focus for this to make our dialogue richer and more meaningful.


10 minutes

We will start class with our choice reading. I will use the time to check off their homework that is due today.

Group Discussion of Assigned Chapter

10 minutes

To make sure that students comprehended their individual reading assignments from yesterday, I will group them in common chapter groups based on the data I have collected on their reading abilities, and have them debrief their reading and reading assignment in their homogenous reading groups (SL.9-10.1a). 

Machiavellian Traits Rubric Creation

30 minutes

Once students have had a chance to discuss their chapter and feel comfortable moving forward, I will give instructions on their critical thinking task of the day. Using their adjectives and quotes gathered from their reading guide homework, they will be creating a rubric for Machiavellian leadership traits.

They will have a solid chunk of time to work with their groups on this activity because they are going to have to negotiate which are the most essential traits from their chapter and do the sometimes (always) arduous task of providing levels of accomplishment/proficiency. This task aligns well with both the SL.9-10.1a standard as well as the RI.9-10.1 standard as the students will be citing textual evidence in their evaluation of the leadership traits.

I will give each group a blank rubric  on which to insert their textual evidence and citations and will collect them at the end of the hour so that I can assess the students' comprehension.

Wrap up and Next Steps

5 minutes

I will ask the students to return their desks to rows and ask for any final questions about the text of the assignment. I will make sure that I have all copies of the rubrics so I can type them up and grade each group prior to handing the assignment back for the next step of this project.