Advanced Placement English Language
Maguire Fall 2016
Course Policies and Grading Procedures
The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
(Source: AP Central, The College Board)
The following are expectations that I hold for all of my students.
Please bring the following classroom supplies daily, unless instructed otherwise.
Communication and Support
Because this is a college course with college texts, the subject matter and discussions may be controversial in nature. Students must be prepared to have mature, sophisticated discussions about real-world, contemporary issues. If a student is uncomfortable with any texts studied, he or she should discuss opportunities for an alternative text with the teacher immediately. Parents are encouraged to visit the district’s Atlas online curriculum website to view a more detailed outline of the course.
Semester One will be dedicated to building critical reading and writing skills through four thematic units:
Semester Two will be dedicated to practicing and refining the skills learned in semester one. Students will move away from writing workshop and multi-draft pieces to timed writing.
Throughout the year, students will be expected to do independent reading, viewing and discussing that will help them deepen their contextual pools of knowledge about the world around them. Students should be watching the news, reading newspapers, and discussing current events. With each unit, I will provide lists of appropriately challenging texts from which students will choose their independent reading books.
Course Grading Procedures:
The grade will reflect performance on summative assessments such as extended writing pieces, graded discussions, research tasks, critical reading assessments, and vocabulary quizzes. For each summative assessment, students will have multiple, formative (non-graded) practice opportunities for which they will receive feedback.
Homework/Grading Philosophy and Procedure:
Cumulative Grading, Grade Reporting, and MiStar Parent/StudentConnect:
Grading Scale: 93-100=A, 90-92= A-, 87-89= B+, 83-86= B, 80-82= B-, 77-79= C+, 73-76= C, 70-72= C-, 67-69= D+, 63-66= D, 60-62= D-, 0-59= E. Grades on card marking report cards will reflect “+” and “-“ to let students/parents/guardians know if the grade is on the upper or lower end of a grade range. Grades will round at .5; for example, a student who earns 89.5% will round to an A-.
Computer and Internet Access:
Many assignments will require internet access, and class time will not always be allocated to work on these assignments. If students do not have access to the Internet at home, it is their responsibility to plan ahead to complete these assignments in the Library Media Center. Additionally, students may wish to use the resources available at the Novi Public Library. Problems with access to technology need to be brought to the teacher’s attention before the assignment is due. Papers not handed in on time due to technology issues that were not discussed with the teacher will be considered late. Students will not be permitted to go to the Library Media Center to print papers during class. All formal papers must be submitted to turnitin.com.
I love technology and I enjoy the convenience of smart phones and other electronics. However, many students and adults are too easily distracted from their work by cell phones. This room should be considered a Yellow Light room; some electronic use is permitted. Student cell phones should be kept in a backpack or purse when electronics are not permitted.
Examples of approved electronic use might include looking up a definition, using an e-reader, taking a photo of a make-up assignment, or recording a small group discussion. Other uses may be permitted when it is deemed appropriate by the teacher. If a student uses a device inappropriately in class, it may be confiscated by the teacher until the end of the school day. Inappropriate use might include watching videos, playing games, texting, or anything that distracts the student’s focus from the business of class.
SCHOOL-WIDE PROCEDURES—For more detail, please consult the district website & the student planner.
Students are expected to be on time for all classes and attend school all day every day. Students cannot exceed 10 absences (excused + unexcused) in a semester. If a student is passing the class, but has accumulated 11 or more absences, they will receive an “NC” (no credit) for the semester grade.
A student will be considered tardy if they are not present in their assigned class when the bell signifying the start of that class period sounds. Please see the NHS tardy policy printed in the Student Handbook.
Any work that is found to be plagiarized, in part or in whole, will not receive credit. Parents and administration will be notified. See NHS Student Handbook policy.
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