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This course continues the learner’s development of effective writing skills with emphasis on two of the four tasks necessary to pass the Regent’s exam in eleventh grade, a computer-based semester-long research project and literature analysis.
Attendance and Punctuality
Regular and prompt attendance is necessary daily. Since class participation is part of the grade, it follow that tardiness and absences will affect the grade substantially. To be prompt, the student will be seated at the commencement of class. If a student is late three times within one marking period, he or she will serve a lunch detention. A student who is late to class will not be allowed to leave class for any reason (i.e bathroom or locker).
Making Up Class Work, Tests, and Quizzes
Class work, tests and quizzes that have been missed because of an excused absence must be made when the student returns to class. A student will only be allowed to make the work up if it is done within a week of the absence. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the missed work and could seriously impact a student’s grade.
Please extend to all the same courtesy you wish extended to you. Derogatory comments about a person or group of people will not be tolerated. Any cursing will result in a referral.
Each student is responsible for bringing his/her own supplies to class each day. Students are responsible to bring an independent reading book and journal to class every day in addition to the following:
- Textbook- vocabulary book and any additional assigned texts
- A binder with loose leaf paper and pockets or a notebook with pockets to store handouts and important papers
- A writing utensil. Work completed in anything other than blue or black pen will not be accepted.
Homework must be completed every night. If there is not a formal assignment, a student is expected to read their independent reading book, read our assigned text, or study vocabulary. Written homework is to be submitted at the beginning of class. Homework left in the locker or submitted later in the day is late. Late homework receives a maximum grade of 50%.
Quizzes and Tests
Quizzes may be given at any time. They may be based on homework assignments or on the previous day’s lesson. Tests will be announced so that enough time is granted for those who chose to study. In addition to tests on writing and literary analysis skills, students will be required to read one book independently per quarter and take a test on that book. This will be worth one test per quarter.
Use of Computer
All essays and some assignments must be completed on the computer. It is essential that every graduate be at least minimally computer-literate. If a computer is not available at home, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the teacher so that arrangements can be made for work to be typed at school.
A student’s quarterly grade will be determined by the following:
Tests 40% (Some writing assignments, knowledge of literature, and Accelerated Reader Tests.) Quizzes 20% (Quizzes may or may not be announced.)
Class Work/Participation 20%
These expectations are distributed to the students at the beginning of the semester and their first homework assignment is to get them signed by a parent.