Conestoga High School Department of English2008-09
In addition, you will receive any necessary worksheets, study guides, grading rubrics, or assignments. To besuccessful, you will need to be organized, so be sure you have a
separate notebook or binder (preferred)
for English class. If you choose to have a notebook, be sure you have a place to keep handouts from class.
For each unit, you can expect to have a test, an extensive writing project, (pop) quizzes, reading response checks, vocabulary, and other writing assignments. You will find that you will be working on a writing assignment at all times during the year. You can also expect homework each night, including the weekends.
Unless otherwise indicated,
all assignments must be typed and double-spaced
. Assignmentsthat do not follow the prescribed format will be penalized. I will not accept an assignment that ishandwritten.
For each day that you are absent, you will be given two days to make up your work beginning on the day you return to school. Please remember that it is
responsibility to get the work that you have missed. You can schedule an appointment with me during or after school if necessary. You may only receive make-up credit for excused absences.
All assignments should be completed by the beginning of the period on the day that itis due or turned in by the designated time on turnitin.com (details to follow). Late assignments will beaccepted but will be penalized. After that, for each day that it is late, your grade will be reduced by 10%. Work not submitted within 10 days will receive a grade of 0.
Each marking period, your grade will be calculated based on the total points you earn, associated with thefollowing categories:
Class Participation and Preparation
You will have plenty of opportunities to participate in class on a regular basis, and I expect each of you to do so. You can participate in class in many different ways, including engaging in whole-classdiscussion, collaborating with your peers, working diligently on your own, and listening attentively toothers. A portion of your grade will also include completion and quality of your homework assignments.
Tests & Quizzes
You will have several major tests that cover longer units in the curriculum. In addition, you will haveboth announced and un-announced quizzes and reading checks (at least once per week). Cumulative vocabulary quizzes will be given weekly.
You will have at least 2-3 formal writing projects due per marking period as well as daily writing activities and other short essays. You will be expected to revise at least two major writing assignments, and I will give you the details of the revision process at that time.
Pinnacle Gradebook System
- Student grades can be accessed through the school Parent Internet Viewer(PIV) found online (technical questions regarding access should be directed to Student Services). Teachersupdate their gradebooks at least once every two weeks, although longer assignments such as papers orprojects may require more time. If you suspect there has been an error in a grade, it is your responsibility tosee your teacher as soon as possible.