Grading Policy

Each assessment is an opportunity for students to further develop positive literacy habits, skills, and knowledge; each assessment is used to inform my instruction and plan curriculum and activities to this end. Additionally, I use all assessments (pre-lesson, formative, and summative) to ultimately guide students toward ownership of their learning. As such, in the courses I instruct grades are one tool I use to communicate student achievement and effort, as a way to encourage overall growth. With this in mind, I try to leverage each assessment to inform students to what degree they are reaching a specific standard of performance (i.e., the Common Core Learning Standards). To help students understand and take ownership of their achievement, below is an outline of how overall grades are calculated as well as a brief overview of what each category of grades measures:

  1. Class-work and Homework (work representing 5 – 25 minutes of sustained effort, where effort in practicing a skill is more important than achieving a specific learning outcome)..............................................................................................................................................................33.33%
  2. Quizzes and Mini Projects (work representing 25 – 120 minutes of sustained effort, where accuracy in achieving a specific learning outcome is equally as important as the effort it requires to achieve the learning outcome).........................................................................................33.33%
  3. Tests and Major Projects (work representing 120+ minutes of sustained effort, where adherence to specific learning standards is what is measured ) ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................33.34%

1) Class-work (including participation, online and face-to face discussions, workshops, and drafts) and Homework (work representing 5 – 25 minutes of sustained effort): Nearly all of the activities I have planned for the ensuing year are student-centered, where students will take an active role in their learning; therefore, students will be required to contribute to small and large group activities. Respect and courtesy is expected from all students at all times. Behavior that detracts from the learning environment in any way will not be tolerated, and the student or students responsible for such behavior will be dismissed from class and serve either a lunch or after school detention. Class-work/Homework will included an expansive range of activities, all of which focus on growth through effort; students will be required to interact with a variety of texts using various mediums of expression to establish fluency in literary discourse in communicating their learning to each other and me. Several days out of the week will be dedicated to reading and composition workshops, where students will be expected to complete tasks that will develop their skills in the English Language Arts. Homework assignments will be limited to finishing work started in class (with the exception of some reading assignments). All homework and classwork will be assessed quantitatively using a

general rubric and include the following activities.

  • Daily Assignments (at least 10 are graded per quarter):
    • Discussions (posted on Schoology and assessed using a rubric)

2) Quizzes and Mini Projects (work representing 25 – 120 minutes of sustained effort): Quizzes are typically a series of questions based upon facts from an assigned text (these quizzes are based entirely on reading comprehension) as well as "close reading" activities aligned with Common Core reading standards. Mini Projects are usually equivalent to 2 - 4 page written assignments and /or 5 – 8 minute presentations exercising critical thinking and writing skills as well as digital composition skills. Mini-projects, like major projects will be assessed according to rubrics specific to each project and include the following activities:

  • Weekly Assignments (at least 5 are graded per quarter):
    • Reading check-ups
    • Blogs
    • Short Presentations
    • Test Prep
    • Writing Phases (pre-writing, drafting, & revision activities)

3) Tests and Major Projects (work representing 120+ minutes of sustained effort): Each unit of study will build toward a multifaceted project, which will usually require research, drafting, and revision. Major Projects will be one component of every unit. The projects will often include: 1) a project proposal 2) a project work-log 3) a presentation of the project and 4) a reflection of the project. Each phase of this process with be fit within this grading category (Note: All tests and major projects

will be assessed using detailed rubrics aligned to specific Common Core Standards).

  • Quarterly Assignments (at least 1 is graded per quarter - included all 4 parts described above graded separately):
    • Revised compositions
    • research-based composition (included quality writing and digital media)
    • major presentations (shared in-class and online via Schoology)

Late Work Policy:

  • Work that is late will lose credit
    • 1 day = -10%
    • 2 days = -20%
    • 3 - 5 days = -50%
    • 5+ days = -50% (and a lunch detention or after school detention)