Here is how you will be graded in Humanaties

In Humanities we will grade you on 4 different criteria.
1. KNOWLEDGE
2. CONCEPTS
3. SKILLS
4. ORGANISATION AND PRESENTATION

In each assessed piece of work you might be graded on one or more of these criteria. By the end of each semester you will have received at least 2 marks against each criteria.

Criteria A: Knowledge

Throughout the year we will be assessing you on

  • your knowledge and use of Humanities terminology in context.
  • your ability to demonstrate subject content knowledge and understanding through the use of descriptions and explanations, supported by relevant facts and examples.

Criteria B: Concepts

Concepts are powerful ideas that have relevance within and across the disciplines. You will be assessed on your ability to develop an understanding of key Humanities concepts over the course at increasing levels of sophistication.
Some of the Important Humanities concepts include:

Time

  • showing an understanding of people in past societies
  • demonstrating an awareness of chronology which links people, places and events through time
  • recognizing and explain the similarities and differences that exist between people, places and events through time.

Place and space

  • recognizing and explaining similarities and differences between places.
  • understand issues related to place/space on a local, national and global scale.

Change

  • understanding and explaining short-term and long-term causes of change.
  • establishing and explaining links between causes, processes and consequences.
  • recognizing that change is inevitable and that the rate of change is relevant to the context.
  • understanding that as people interact with their environment, both change.

Systems

  • how systems, models and institutions operate.
  • systems in both local, national and global societies.
  • rights and responsibilities within systems.

Global Awareness

  • show an understanding of how culture and perception can affect a sense of internationalism.
  • demonstrate international and intercultural awareness and understanding.

Criteria C: Skills

The development of skills in Humanities is critical in enabling the student to undertake, research and demonstrate their understanding of knowledge and concepts.
Some Humanities Skills include:

  • observing, recording and selecting relevant information from a wide range of sources.
  • using a variety of media and technologies to research, select, interpret and communicate data.
  • identifying key questions, problems and issues.
  • critically evaluating the values and limitations of sources.
  • formulating clear, valid and sound arguments, make balanced judgments on events, and draw conclusions, including implications .
  • testing hypotheses and/or ideas and modify them where necessary.
  • planning, carrying out and presenting individual and group investigations
  • engaging in fieldwork in order to complement an investigation.

Criteria D: Organization and Presentation

Students should be comfortable using a variety of formats to organize and present their work, including oral, essay, reports, expositions, and using a variety of media and technologies. They should understand that their presentation is creating a new perspective on Humanities.

The Final ‘End of Semester’ and ‘End of Year’ Marks.

After all of the work has been completed students will have at least 2 marks for each of the 4 Humanities Criteria.
The teachers then use their professional judgement from looking at the marks to decide which level best corresponds to the student’s general level of performance in each criteria. (This is not an average of marks but a Judgement on ‘which level best fits the student’ at the end of each semester)


Criteria A

Knowledge

Maximum 10

Criteria B

Concepts

Maximum 10

Criteria C

Skills

Maximum 10

Criteria D

Organisation and Presentation

Maximum 8


This will give each student a final mark out of 38 (10 for knowledge, 10 for concepts, 10 for Skills and 8 for Organisation and Presentation). This mark is the put into the following grid to determine the student’s mark out of 7:


Humanities
Final Grade Boundaries



Final Level


Total


1

0-7

2

8-12

3

13-18

4

19-23

5

24-28

6

29-33

7

34-38