City Semester is project based, so most of your assessments will be oriented toward larger projects such as simulations, fieldwork and the end-of-unit “Big Apples” (see below), but there will be more conventional assessments as well, such as short essays, labs write-ups, language skills homeworks, class participation, etc. Each teacher will give grades within their discipline and the interdisciplinary assignments will receive grades both within each discipline and in an overall “City Semester” category, so your transcript will show each City Semester course, such as “Nature in the City” and “Writing the City” as well as an overarching “City Semester” grade. Of course, more important than the grades are the comments, which, due to the unconventional nature of many of your assignments, will more usefully and accurately represent your achievements.
To see tutorials and grading rubrics for all assessments, please go to the Resources page
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The Big Apple is a comprehensive expression of your learning and new understandings that culminates in a 'mini' portfolio at the end of each unit. This is your opportunity to take a bite out of your experiences and metaphorically chew on them. The hope is that you will use this opportunity to reflect on your individual and collective experiences in each unit. This is a graded assessment and is the equivalent of a unit test in a more traditional course. For each Big Apple you can choose both the format of the Big Apple and the curricular hook (more on this below). Each Big Apple will be assessed on your demonstrated engagement, new movement in your learning, and how successfully you have attended to the interdisciplinary ties in the unit. The City Semester experience is primarily concerned with Interdisciplinary Study, Experiential Learning, and Civic Leadership. Your Big Apples should show your engagement in these three areas.
To see the Big Apple Grader please go to the Resources page.