Rules, Regulations, Grades:
In order to ensure each student has a successful, meaningful year, there are some ground rules to which all students must adhere:
1.Be in class on time.
2.Be respectful. There will be no name-calling, put-downs, or unkind language.
3.Be prepared. Without materials you will not be able to adequately understand information.
4.Cell phones must be placed in the cell phone caddy.
Your class grade is determined by the total number of points that you earn during the semester. Your grades are based on many different assessments including, but not limited to, the following:
Essays, tests, quizzes, projects, homework, class activities and class participation.
Essays: Remember that we are building on your ability to write. Great writing is not easy and excellent writing is an art form. You must be patient with yourself as you develop your writing skills. One of the most important ways to improve your essay writing is to constantly proofread and revise, revise, revise. Unless we are writing an in-class essay, your essays must always be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font such as Times or Arial. I know that you enjoy using fancy, colorful fonts, but it becomes difficult for me to read 100 essays of fancy script. In-class essays must also be double-spaced and written on lined paper in your neatest handwriting. I can’t grade well what I can’t read well. As we begin essay writing, I will go more in-depth as to what I expect from you.
Tests: Your understanding of material will be evaluated in a variety of ways. Usually, tests offer many opportunities to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Tests often include multiple choice, matching, short answer and long answer. Tests almost always will have a writing section counting for a majority of the grade.
Quizzes: Usually quizzes will include True or False, multiple choice, matching, and/or fill-in-the-blank. Quizzes will also often include a writing section.
Projects: There are a variety of different assignments I will be giving you for projects. These can include Google Slides presentations, Internet research, skits, poetry writing, creating a newspaper, creating a movie, writing a song, etc. All projects will include a writing component.
Homework and in-class Activities: You are expected to complete all homework assignments and to participate in all class activities.
Class Participation: Credit for class participation is not simply given, it must be earned. Class participation does not only mean raising your hand to answer questions. Class participation also means that you are in class on time, respectfully listening to your peers, and thinking analytically about the work. It also means that you consistently have your materials and are focused and attentive. Infractions of these rules will result in a reduction of points in your class participation grade. You will be given a class participation grade at the end of the first semester and again at the end of the second semester.
Extra Help: I available to help you most days after school. Please let me know if you would like some additional help.