GRADING

Competencies/Grading:
 
 
1- Comprehension 25% : Listening, Reading, and Culture
 
 - Student listens and reads with sensitivity and discrimination.
 

Ø      Students understand vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation necessary to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions.

Ø      Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
 
- Student demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between the practices, products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
 
Ø      Culture is part of the language in general.
 
Ex: Quizzes, discussions, reading comprehension activities, emails, oral comprehension activities, audio comprehension activities, reading work such as: short stories, poetry, plays, novels, cultural information, literature selections, history selections, etc.
 
2- Communication 25% : Speaking, Pronunciation, Writing, and Culture   
 
- Student speaks and writes fluently, expressively and accurately.
 

Ø      Students understand vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation necessary to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions.  Students are more spontaneous, they get their ideas across, and they are understandable.

Ø      Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
 

- Student demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between the practices, products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Ø      Culture is part of the language in general.
 
Ex: Quizzes, journal entries, emails, small projects, in class projects/challenges, stories, discussions, etc.
 
3- Production 40% : Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, and Culture       
 
- Student speaks and writes fluently, expressively and accurately.
 

Ø      Students understand vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation necessary to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions and exchange opinions. Students are more grammatically correct, and they are looking for correct pronunciation.

Ø      Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
 
- Student demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between the practices, products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
 
Ø      Culture is part of the language in general.
 
Ex: Tests, projects, essays, interviews, oral presentations, etc.
 
4- Responsibilities 10% : Self-management
 
- Student is a responsible, participatory member of the class.
 
Ø      Students are active participants in the language classroom and do everything possible to prepare themselves for the lesson and to be successful in French.
 
Ex: Homework/class work: worksheets, and exercises in workbook or textbook.  Class participation:  games, use of the target language, conversations/discussions in French.  Class preparedness: organization, study, flash cards, study cards, bring necessary material, etc.

 
Note: An assignment can count for more than one competency
 
Other Information About Grading:
 
1- PARTICIPATION:
 
***Participation in French class is VERY important. Students cannot learn French if they don't participate - it is that simple! Periodically I will mark down who is participating and the number of marks students have will be used to determine a grade for class participation.  This also means that if students are not prepared for class (with your book, workbook, pen, etc.), don't speak French (or make an effort to do so), or are not working during group or partner activities, I may subtract points from their final participation grade.

2- ROUGH DRAFTS/FINAL PAPERS:
 
I can take a look at students' rough draft, if neat and legible. Students need to be present when I look at their rough draft, and it needs to be at least three days before the final paper/project is due.
 
Final papers AND rough drafts should be neat, legible, double-spaced and on a clean sheet of paper. Students' final papers need to be written on one side of the paper.
 
3- EXTRA CREDITS:
 
I do not have or offer extra credit activities.  I encourage students to do their homework, their projects, the bonus activities for tests and quizzes, study and participate in class and that should be enough!

4- PROJECTS:

Any project not turned on time will result in a reduction of points each day (2 % per day late). Students can be required to stay after school or come to class during study hall or CAVBlock or PLC hour in order to complete a project OR any assignments.
 
The projects will be done individually or in groups. I will provide time in class to work on projects; however, students will also have to work on them outside of the classroom. I recommend that students begin these as soon as they are assigned to insure quality work. The policy regarding the punctual submitting of these is as follows: 2 % off per day late project.
In case of an absence on the day that a project or presentation is due, it would be appreciated if the student inform me by email or any other way BEFORE the student’s class time to avoid it being marked late. When possible, the project can be emailed to me in order to show that it is completed.

5- HOMEWORK:
 
Homework should be done completely and on time. When students do their homework, they get good practice outside of class.  Homework is part of the RESPONSIBILITY grade which count for 10% of the students' grade - when an assigned homework is completed, a check mark will appear in Power School. And of course, since it is HOMEwork, it cannot be done during class time!
 
Effort is far more important than perfection. Answers to daily assignments will be discussed in class. I will call in students every day. Students need to study and be prepared to answer. Students are expected to contact me for make-up work, not the other way around. I write our daily assignments on my web page. A parent’s note from home explaining a missed assignment due to a serious legitimate reason is acceptable.

Homework is to be handed in on time on the day it is due. If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to ask for the missing homework assignment. Daily Homework consists of vocabulary review of at least 10 minutes. Weekly homework, with the exception of projects, will vary from 1-3 hours depending on the level and ability of the student. Homework, class participation, class preparedness will make up a total of 10% of your CLASS RESPONSIBILITY grade.  Homework will be marked as a “check” on power school.  Late or incomplete homework assignments will not be marked as completed. Missed homework assignments should still be completed for practice purposes even if it is late. Homework is only part of the 10% of the responsibility grade (See Responsibility Grade Form- Self evaluation).
 
6- TESTS/QUIZZES:
There will be frequent short vocabulary and grammar quizzes. These allow students to learn the material. Students will take chapter test at the conclusion of every chapter. Language is a cumulative process, it is important for students remember that in every assessment I will include previous material. Students must get into the habit of reviewing old material and also moving forward in their language acquisition.
 
FRENCH II ONLY:  Students may retake ONE quiz (NOT a TEST) per quarter if they receive below 60% within 1 week of the date their quiz grade is in Power School AND after receiving the necessary extra help from Mme Faucher. For some quizzes, the option to re-take it might not be offered by Mme Faucher. Students need to understand that this option is for those who struggles with what they learned in class, not for those who don't study and did not prepare themselves for the quiz.  REMEMBER, I DO NOT OFFER EXTRA CREDIT activities but I do offer BONUS activities for almost each test or quiz!!!

FRENCH IV & AP FRENCH ONLY: NO retake quiz or test for these levels of French. REMEMBER, I DO NOT OFFER EXTRA CREDIT but BONUS for almost each test or quiz!!!
 
As always, I am here to help. I want all students to succeed and if students work with me that will be "du gâteau"!  As students become more advanced it will become more important to speak more French. As I say, speaking about anything in French WILL without a doubt help you get better. So, let’s speak French, have fun, and be merry.
 

Merci.

Madame Faucher :)
 
 
Note on instruction material:
 

The instructional materials used at Hollis Brookline High School represent a broad range of knowledge, viewpoints, and experiences as well as a diversity of religious, ethnic, and cultural groups.  Materials support curricular goals, stimulate academic growth, and provide students an opportunity to practice critical analysis while developing the ability to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.  We recognize that at times students and parents may object to some instructional material.  If a parent wishes to have their student exempt from the use of any material, such as a video or novel utilized in a class, they must notify the teacher. It is strongly encouraged that the parent and student meet with the teacher to discuss the alternative material and/or any alternative assignments that coincide with the change in material.

 

If you have questions about the selection of course materials, please review the HBHS Cooperative School Board Policy IIA Instructional and Library Media Materials which can be found at http://policy.ctspublish.com/hollis-brookline-nhsba/.

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