Peer Assessment of Group 21
C A T E G O R Y G16 G17 G18 G19 G20 Average
Topic Selection
(0-20)
14(20) 15 14 13(16) 18 14.8(16.4)
Newspaper and Article Selection
(0-10)
9(10) 10 10 10 9 9.6(9.8)
Quality of Editorial Comments
(0-10)
7(8) 8 9 8 9 8.2(8.4)
Organic Chemistry Content
(0-10)
3(6) 6 7 5(6) 5 5.2(6)
Selection and Quality of the Links 
(0-20)
14 19 16 10(13) 18 15.4(16)
Format, Number and Types of Questions
(0-10)
6 9 10 5(7) 7 7.4(7.8)
Quality of the Questions
(0-10)
3(4) 6 8 6(7) 5 5.6(6)
Overall Impression 
(0-10)
4(6) 8 5 4(6) 9 6(6.8)
TOTAL 72.2(77.2)

 
 

Evaluation by Group 16

  (1) Topic Selection: 14 Points (0-20)
                        The topic was very interesting, but we did not see a strong relationship to organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Everything looks good.  The article was very exciting and concise.  Maybe a little too hard to relate to organic chemisty.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 7 Points (0-10)
                        It was a well-written editorial (grammar and style), and it related well to the article

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 3 Points (0-10)
                        TNT was the only relation to organic chemisty, and even this connection was fairly weak.  Everything else seemed irrelevant.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 14 Points (0-20)
                        The links were interesting (we really like the pictures), but some just did not contibute much to expanding the topic as it related to organic chemistry.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 6 Points (0-10)
                        There were too many straight-forward questions.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 3 Points (0-10)
                        The questions were too random, and did not properly shown how they relate to the rest of news item.  More discussion of relevance before the questions would have helped.

        (8) Overall Impression. 4 Points (0-10)
                        It was an interesting topic that would need major adjustments to be better suited for publication as an organic chemistry news item.

                        It didn't seem like enough time and effort was put into this.  The topic had potential, but a vital connection was not made between the article and organic chemisty
 

Reevaluation by Group 16

(1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic was very interesting.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Everything looks good.  The article was very
exciting and concise.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        It was a well-written editorial (grammar and
style), and it brought up some good points.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 6 Points (0-10)
                        Besides the fact that an asteroid is 250 times
more powerful than an A-Bomb, and that would mean the end for life on
Earth, there just wasn't enough expansion of one chemistry topic in the
article.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 14 Points (0-20)
                        The links were interesting (we really like the
pictures), but most did not contibute much to expanding the
topic as it related to organic chemistry.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 6 Points (0-10)
                        There were too many straight-forward questions
demanding recall from the article.  Not all the types were used.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 4 Points (0-10)
                        The questions were too random, and did not
properly show how they relate to the rest of news item.  More
discussion of relevance before the questions would have helped.

        (8) Overall Impression. 6 Points (0-10)
                        It was an interesting topic that would need
adjustments to be better suited for publication as an organic
chemistry news item.

                        The topic had potential, but after reading the
comments, questions, and links, we were left slightly confused, wondering
what exactly you wanted us to learn.  The power of TNT?  The spectrum of
light?  The importance of photosynthesis?  It seems as though you could
make several different projects from this one.
 
 
 

Evaluation by Group 17

        (1) Topic Selection: 15 Points (0-20)
                        We found little mention of organic chemistry.  It wasn't made clear that this was an organic compound.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The article was interesting and thorough.  The author seemed to have knowledge on the subject.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments did a good job summarizing the article, but it didn't really show a conection to organic chemistry.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 6 Points (0-10)
                        Is TNT an organic issue?  This was not made clear in the editorial comments.  The answer to question 2 mentioned fuel and oxidizers, but this wasn't mentioned anywhere else.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        These links seem to be relevent to the article and interesting to the viewer.  We found the links to be satisfactory in every way.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The questions meet the requirements, but great variability was not seen.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 6 Points (0-10)
                        Only one question had to do with organic chemistry.

        (8) Overall Impression. 8 Points (0-10)
                        With better explanations of relation to organic chemistry, it could be used for classroom use, but probably not published by Prentice Hall.
 
 

Evaluation by Group 18

        (1) Topic Selection: 14 Points (0-20)
                        There is not a strong relation to organic chemistry.  It's more about
astronomy and geology than organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        US News & World Report...pretty respectable.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
 

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 7 Points (0-10)
                        Should've done more with the photosynthesis stuff, that seems more organic chemistry related.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 16 Points (0-20)
                        There should have been a few more links...The Deep Impact and Photo Gallery would have been okay to include if there were more informational/scientific links.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Questions easily answered from links.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 8 Points (0-10)
                        Questions focused too much on TNT connection.  They also seemed to find random points, not really central issues.

        (8) Overall Impression. 5 Points (0-10)
                        This news item's applicability to organic chemistry wasn't really strong.
 

Evaluation by Group 19

 (1) Topic Selection: 13 Points (0-20)
                        Good broad topic choice that each person can relate to, but not much relation to organic chemistry, except to demonstrate what it's effects could be compared to.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        U.S. News good choice...exciting, informative

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        Good job theorizing what it would be like to be hit by a meteorite.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 5 Points (0-10)
                        Key organic chemistry issue not clear.  Why list electromagnetic spectrum as a pertinent text reference, yet nothing was said about it.  The only chemistry shown was the similarity to TNT.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 10 Points (0-20)
                        Nice integration of links into editorial.  One link was outdated.  The TNT link in chemfinder was excellent, but easily attainable, and we had to look it up-specific location not given.  The afteraffects was the best link by far, but the others (one picture is o.k.) failed to complement the news article or editorial.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 5 Points (0-10)
                        Has five questions, but only one semi-deals with the news article/organic chemistry relavence-the TNT explosive character.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 6 Points (0-10)
                        Only the question addressing the relevance of TNT employed organic chemistry. The others showed an understanding of the article.

        (8) Overall Impression. 4 Points (0-10)
                        Unfit-only relevance to organic chemistry is the relation to bombs (TNT) on earth.  If this is what tied the article into the subject, should have picked an article on TNT instead of meteors.

Reevaluation by Group 19

   (1) Topic Selection: 16 Points (0-20)
                        Good broad topic choice that each person can
relate to, but should have more relation                        to organic chemistry. Only
demonstrated what it's effects could be compared to.
 
 

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        U.S. News good choice...exciting, informative

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 8 Points (0-10)
                        Good job theorizing what it would be like to be
hit by a meteorite.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 6 Points (0-10)
                        Key organic chemistry issue not clear.  Why list
electromagnetic spectrum as a                   pertinent text reference, yet nothing
was said about it.  The only chemistry shown was the            similarity to
TNT.
 
 

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 13 Points (0-20)
                        Nice integration of links into editorial.  One
link was outdated.  The TNT link in chemfinder was excellent, but easily
attainable, and we had to look it up-specific location not given.  The
afteraffects was the best link by far, but the others (one picture is
o.k.) failed to complement the news article or editorial.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 7 Points (0-10)
                        Has five questions, but only one semi-deals with
the news article/organic chemistry relavence-the TNT explosive
character.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 7 Points (0-10)
                        Only the question addressing the relevance of
TNT employed organic chemistry. The others showed an understanding of
the article.

        (8) Overall Impression. 6 Points (0-10)
                        semi-unfit:  only relevance to organic chemistry
is the relation to bombs (TNT) on earth.  If this is what tied the
article into the subject, should have picked an article on TNT instead
of meteors.
 

Evaluation by Group 20
 (1) Topic Selection: 18 Points (0-20)
                        Topic was interesting.  It is a subject, I think, everyone thinks about at one time or another.
 

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The article was exciting.  It put in prespective the odds of being eliminated by a piece of rock in the sky.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments were well organized but seemed to repeat ideas from the article itself and not what the group was thinking.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 5 Points (0-10)
                        There wasn't any mention of relevant organic chemisty issuses.  I felt like I had to figure them out myself.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points (0-20)
                        Most of the links clarified some issues but there were a few that didn't work.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 7 Points (0-10)
                        There were enough questions but they didn't include all aspects of the topic.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 5 Points (0-10)
                        The questions were fairly clear but very easy.  We didn't even have to review the article to answer them.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        I would consider this for publication with a few minor adjustments in the question section.

                        Overall it seemed like the group worked really hard and put some time into it until they got to the question section and then it seems like they slacked off.