Welcome to the Mineral Wiki page. This assignment gives you a chance to learn about one of the minerals we will be identifying in class. You also get to collaborate with students from other classes that have the same topic as you.

This assignment is due Jan 5th.

Part 1
  • First, go to the discussion section and introduce yourself to your team. Tell them a little about yourself as well as any ideas you may have about your page. The discussion board is a good place to share resources and ideas. Think about how you want your page to look (make it pretty, impress me, get a good grade). Remember, I want you to use your imagination; Be creative and have fun. If I wanted to read some boring information with an occasional picture I would go to Wikipedia. Although this is called a "wiki" it shouldn't be a copy of a Wikipedia page but something interesting to look at that shows your personality.

Part 2
  • Start looking for information. *Remember CRAAP* Post good resources you find on your discussion board for your team members to use. You need to keep track of all the source information: titles of books and web sites, writers' names, dates, cities of publication, Internet domains, web page sponsors, etc. You might keep all this in the "Resources" section. You will be responsible for a Works Cited on the wiki, and it has to indicate where you got your information, your graphics, and anything else that you didn't create from scratch.
  • Remember that you can come back to this wiki any time (from home) to work on it or see what your team members have done. This does not have to be done all during class time.
  • Remember that you need to share the labor: Everyone must contribute...and we can see who has done what.

Any changes to pages or discussions are emailed to me and kept in the wiki's history by user name. I know who does stuff and who doesn't. These are the things you will be graded on -

  • Your information should be accurate and from reliable sources
  • All the information should be in YOUR OWN WORDS. Nothing should be copied and pasted. This will get you a crummy grade.
  • At least one section of your page should include good technical information about the mineral, nothing cutesy. (other parts can and should be cutesy)
  • *NEW* You page must include at least 6 key terms or definitions of technical terms or words you don't understand
  • Everything needs to be cited correctly at the bottom of the page. Citations should be in the correct format. You should use this website to format your citations: Citation Machine
  • You need to at least have 6 resources. One of these has to be something other than the internet
  • HEY! Use correct punctuation and grammar for Pete's sake. You will be graded on your ability to communicate properly. This isn't a dang text message or your wall on Facebook. Arrgh! You're making me go balder....

Your page should include the following things about your mineral:
  • Name (origins, if any)
  • Group Name
  • Chemical Composition
  • Crystal Shape
  • Luster
  • Hardness
  • Streak
  • Cleavage
  • How it forms
  • How do you identify it or tell it from other minerals? (There are many things other than color!)
  • Uses
  • Pictures - show us pictures and give us ideas on how to identify this mineral
  • 6 key terms relating to minerals
  • Other stuff - This seems like an after thought but, I assure you, it's not. The "other stuff" you put on your page will make the difference between a mediocre grade and an "A" (and possible extra credit). Other stuff includes things like videos, comics, or any other clever way you want to teach us.

Also, Check out the discussions under the Home page to ask me questions or to get good ideas from others.

Go back to the Mineral Wiki page on Mr. Wood's website to see updates and genre ideas.

Multimedia Project : Mineral Wiki Rubric
Content Accuracy
All scientific information provided by the student on the Web site is accurate.
Almost all scientific information provided by the student on the Web site is accurate.
There are obvious errors in the information provided by the student on the Web site.
There are several inaccuracies in the content provided by the students.
Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the presentation.
Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance to presentation.
Makes use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation content.
Use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the presentation content.
All requirements are met and exceeded.
All requirements are met.
One requirement was not completely met.
More than one requirement was not completely met.
Content is well organized using headings or lists to group related material.
Uses headings or lists to organize, but the overall organization of topics appears flawed.
Content is logically organized for the most part.
There was no clear or logical organizational structure, just lots of facts.
The project is written in an 8th grade voice with hard to understand terms defined. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling are correct.
Most terms and examples are easily understood. Some concept may need clarification. Some grammar and spelling errors.
Technical terms aren't clear or defined. Content is not easily understood at level. Many grammar and spelling errors.
Plagiarism is evident.
The workload is divided and shared equally by all team members.
The workload is divided and shared fairly by all team members, though workloads may vary from person to person.
The workload was divided, but one person in the group is viewed as not doing his/her fair share of the work.
The workload was not divided OR several people in the group are viewed as not doing their fair share of the work.
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired format.
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired format.
Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired format.
Very little or no source information was collected.