General Statement

Grading in this course will be based on the teacher’s evaluation of a student’s performance in the following areas. Grading for each trimester and individual assignments (unless stated otherwise) will follow the PDS A-F/100-0 correlated system. Aside from formal evaluations, there are a number of factors that will determine your grade in this course. In no particular order, these include:

-ability to participate in class discussions in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-demonstration of grasp of course material as reflected in course evaluations (tests, quizzes, homework assignments, etc.)

-quality of written work in terms of organization, use of imagination, and clarity

-positive interaction with other students on group projects

-punctuality in handing in work

-ability to listen and to follow directions, particularly in incorporating suggestions for improvement

-personal initiative in both individual and group assignments

-organizational ability

-genuine interest and enthusiasm

-effort, and consistency thereof

-attention to detail on homework

-demonstration of ability to complete readings in a timely manner

-attendance and punctuality for class


Your trimester grade will be determined based on a combination of your grades on tests, quizzes, essays (when assigned), daily homework, and class citizenship (see below), together with the factors listed above.  Your class citizenship grade will reflect your ability to meet class expectations and student responsibilities (as listed above), as well as your behavior, attitude, seriousness of purpose, and arrival to class on time.

Class Citizenship 

· positive contribution to class discussions and atmosphere, including respect and care for others

· active, focused and cooperative participation in class sessions and in group learning and activities

· faithful class attendance and on-time arrival to class

· keeping track of assignments, making arrangements for making up missed assignments and informing teacher of planned, excused absences.

· on-time completion of all assignments and evaluations

Daily Work

Assignments will be given to help students prepare for most class periods.

Unless otherwise specified, daily assignments are due at the beginning of the class period for which they are assigned. Assignments turned in after the beginning of the period will be deemed late. Assignments will be checked at the beginning of the period. If a student’s assignment is completed in a reasonable fashion, it will be given 10 points. If incomplete, the assignment should be completed and returned the next school day. For each day that the assignment is late, 1.5 points will be deducted from the maximum 10 points. Assignments turned in 5 school days or more late will receive a score of 5 points. Assignments not turned in by the end of the trimester will receive no credit.

Occasionally, special homework assignments will be given that are worth more than 10 points. The rules for completion and grading outlined above will apply to these assignments as well. Deductions for late work will be in proportion to the assignments total point value.

Completed assignments should be checked for accuracy during class discussion and corrected if necessary. The completed and checked assignments should be kept in a dedicated class folder on the iPad. They also can be printed and  placed in a dedicated class binder. These completed assignments will be important for studying for quizzes and tests. It is up to the student to be sure that he/she has turned in all assignments and organized and saved on the iPad. The teacher will periodically check the student’s iPad to see how assignments and notes are kept and organized.

Keep in mind that attention to detail and neatness both count towards your homework grade. While you may seek clarification from a classmate on a homework assignment, under no means are you to copy homework. Copying homework and/or giving the impression that that the someone else’s work is your own constitutes plagiarism and will be treated as such.

Quizzes, Tests, and Writing Assignments

· Quizzes and Tests: depending on unit size, each course unit will be evaluated by a quiz, test or a combination of both. See the syllabus for an approximate breakdown of major units. Students are expected to take quizzes and tests on the assigned day. Apart from an excused absence due to illness, the only exception to this rule is when athletic contests conflict with the period during which the test is to be administered. When this situation arises, it is your responsibility to inform me at least 24 hours prior to its original administration time and to reschedule the test. If you miss a test because of an athletic contest, you are to take a makeup test earlier in the day of the test date, if you have a free period. If you miss a test because of illness, you are to take a makeup test on the first day you return to school. Failure to make up the quiz or test on that first day of return to school will result in a lowering of your grade by one grade level (e.g “A” to “B”) for each day that passes before the quiz or test is taken.

· Writing Assignments: If assigned, these assignments will be varied in nature and will be explained as they are assigned. These assignments will sometimes serve as the focus for class discussions and special learning sessions. A paper is deemed to be late if it is not turned in on the day on which it is due. If you are not able to turn in an assignment on time, your grade will be lowered by one level for each day the assignment is late.

Important information regarding deadlines: You are expected to meet all deadlines for completion of work. A reduction in your grade will be automatic for late work (see above) unless you approach me before the assignment is due with an explanation that is satisfactory to me as to why you are not able to complete the work on time. Needless to say, I will only accept such explanations in extraordinary circumstances.

Extra Credit

At my discretion, opportunities to earn extra credit points may be given to the class as a whole. For example, in “Jeopardy” format review sessions, extra credit points can be earned.

Note: The above policy on grading reflects the general policies of the US History department. Thanks to my colleagues for the use of some of their language in my drafting of the above policy.

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