LA 1 HN Course Policies and Information

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Grading & Late Work Policies

  • You will be assessed in the following ways:

    • Participation: Quarterly (100 points – see next page for details); Other: 5-100 points dependent on the type of assignment
    • Class work: 15 & 30 points (sometimes more)
    • Homework: 25 points (except for SCR assignments)
    • Notebook Checks: 100 points
    • Quizzes: up to 50 points, weighted 2x
    • Tests: up to 100 points, weighted 3x
    • Projects: up to 100 points, weighted 3x
    • Essays: 100 points, weighted 2x

      

    Late Work Policy

     

    Assignment Type

    Accepted Late?

    Penalty?

    Exceptions?

    Participation

    No

    N/A

    None

    Class work

    No

    N/A

    If a student needs more time to finish a class work assignment, she/he may ask to take it home to finish it. The assignment must be returned the following day or no credit will be given.

    Homework

    Yes

    Loss of 5 points per day late; not accepted after the end of the school week

    If the assignment is being used in class the day it is due, it will not be accepted late. Advanced notice will be given for these types of assignments.

    Notebook Checks

    No

    N/A

    If absent, the student will be exempt.

    Quizzes/Assignments graded as a Quiz

    No

    N/A

    None

    Tests/Assignments graded as a Test

    No

    N/A

    None

    Projects

    Yes

    Loss of 11 points (1 full letter grade) per day late; not accepted after the end of the school week

    None

    Essays

    Yes

    Loss of 11 points (1 full letter grade) per day late; not accepted after the end of the school week

    If the essay is an “in-class essay,” the late work policy for class work applies; however, the assignment will still be scored as if it were an essay.

     

    Other Information Regarding Grading

     

    • Other point deductions may occur for incomplete work, incorrect responses, insufficient effort, or for work that does not meet the requirements of the assignment.
    • A five-point deduction will occur whenever an assignment is turned in without a name, the assignment is completed in pencil (except for tests/quizzes and projects requiring creative license) or another color ink besides black or blue, and/or if the original assignment sheet is not attached to student work.
    • Formal writing assignments (essays and short-constructed responses) must be typed. Please use MLA format (see the handout provided). Up to a ten-point deduction may occur for incorrectly formatted papers.
    • Grades will NOT be discussed during class time (unless it’s a mathematical error). Students wishing to discuss their grades must make an appointment to see Miss Muhlbaier during SERA.
    • INDIVIDUALIZED EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN.

     


Remind

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Participation Grade

  • Making every effort to be engaged during class time will result in a better/deeper understanding of the content/material, the opportunity to earn better grades as a result of having a better/deeper understanding of the content/material, and a better “overall” experience for everyone.

     

    Assessing Participation:

    Weekly: During daily class time, I will be observing each student’s level of participation by assessing his/her FATE: follows classroom rules and procedures, has a positive/respectful attitude and behaves appropriately, uses time wisely, and his/her level of engagement*. Essentially, to get a good participation grade, students need to be responsible and accountable for their materials, actions, words, and work ethic. Students will be assessed daily according to the criteria detailed below. This assignment will not be added into the grade book as an individual assignment. All data gathered from the weekly participation assessment will contribute to the quarterly participation grade.

    • F = Follows Classroom Rules and Procedures
      • Student adheres to the rules and procedures for this class as outlined in this packet.
      • Student is prepared for class with the necessary and required materials.
    • A = Attitude, Behaves Appropriately
      • Student approaches class/material/assessments with a positive attitude.
      • Student is respectful to Miss Muhlbaier and to his/her peers and is respectful of Miss Muhlbaier’s classroom materials and his/her peers’ belongings.
      • Student uses appropriate language in class and refrains from general tomfoolery/horse play.
    • T = Time on Task/Time Management
      • Student immediately engages him- or herself in any assignment given and remains on task until he/she is finished or unless he/she requires assistance. Students requiring assistance should not simply stop working until he/she has been helped!
      • If the student has left the room (lavatory, Nurse, or another office visit), the student takes his/her seat without disrupting the learning or engagement of others and immediately engages him- or herself in the class session or assignment.
    • E = Average Level of Engagement (Students may add up to 3 points onto their weekly grade here.)
      • 1: Student is awake and alert. Student does not verbally participate, but he/she is taking notes, reading/following along with the group/teacher, listening while others are speaking, etc.
      • 2 (+1): Student contributes significantly to classroom discussions/lessons by asking questions and/or sharing original ideas (making connections, inferences, predictions, etc.).
      • 3 (+1 & 2): Student actively listens while others are speaking in order to build off of the ideas of others.

    Quarterly: Using the data gathered as part of the weekly participation, students will earn points toward the quarterly participation grade. Though described as “participation,” this assignment will be entered into the grade book as a test. It will be updated weekly.

    • Each student will begin with a 72/100 for the quarterly participation grade.
    • Dependent upon his or her individual performance on the weekly participation rubric, students have the opportunity to add up to 6 points per week (3 for F-A-T, and up to 3 for E) to the quarterly grade.
    • Students cannot lose points from this quarterly grade; however, contacting home or disciplinary consequences may occur for extremely disruptive behaviors or for actions that demonstrate a blatant disregard for the expectations of students in my class according to the policies outlined in this packet.

    Example: In the following example, J. Smith would earn a total of 2 points for the week for following procedures and using her time wisely and 2 points for her average level of engagement.

     

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Name

    F

    A

    T

    E

    F

    A

    T

    E

    F

    A

    T

    E

    F

    A

    T

    E

    F

    A

    T

    E

    J. Smith

     

     

     

    1

     

    X

     

    2

     

     

     

    2

     

     

     

    2

     

     

     

    3

     


Summer Reading

  • Students entering 9th grade as well as all current CRHS students are required to read The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. You can purchase a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-a-Million in the Cumberland Mall. You may also check out and borrow a copy from the CRHS Instructional Media Center.

    INFO SHEET & GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

    It is strongly suggested that students complete the graphic organizer while they read; however, the graphic organizer is not required. However, Miss Muhlbaier offers +5 points on the quiz for any student who chooses to complete this assignment.

    If you choose to complete this assignment, please complete your double-entry journals in BLUE or BLACK ink or type them using 12-point Times New Roman. DO NOT USE PENCIL.

    QUIZ/POSTER

    Required work for this novel will include a quiz for ALL students in September, as well as completing a poster illustrating the major themes/ideas of the book for our One Book One School assembly later in the semester. There will be a second event in the spring for those students who do not have Language Arts in the fall.

    NOTE: Students taking Language Arts in the fall with Miss Muhlbaier may bring this -- and their required reading for the course -- with them TO CLASS on the first day of school. Students taking Language Arts in the spring with Miss Muhlbaier must drop their work in the appropriately labeled box in the Main Office on the first day of school. Assignments not received on this date will be marked late and will lose 5 points for each day it is late. Work not received by the end of the first school week will not receive credit.


    All students entering Language Arts 1 Honors are required to read a novel of their choice (restrictions apply) and complete a double-entry journal while reading.

    All information regarding the Summer Reading assignment for Language Arts 1 Honors can be found by clicking here.

    Please note, students MUST get parental consent for the novel of their choice. If you are unsure whether or not your novel of choice meets the requirements as listed, it would be wise to choose a different novel.

    As outlined in the information sheet, students taking Language Arts 1 HN with Miss Muhlbaier in the fall semester must bring their work to class with them on the first day of school. Students taking Language Arts 1 HN in the spring must drop off their work in the appropriately labeled bin in the Main Office on the first day of school. Work not received at this time will be marked late. Each day your assignment is late it will lose 5 points. If the assignment is not received by the end of the first school week, you will not receive credit for the assignment.

    One final note: Please complete your double-entry journals in BLUE or BLACK ink or type them using 12-point Times New Roman. DO NOT USE PENCIL.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at muhlbaier@crhsd.org.


    For Students taking LA2HN in the 17-18 SY

    A list of the choices for freshmen students planning to take LA2HN next school year

    Here is a copy of the pages from this year's summer reading packet that describe your assignment and available extra credit for the 17-18 school year. The list of titles from which to choose your summer reading is also included (and you'll find links to find out more about each title below).

    All these titles connect to our novel study, which will be our 4th unit in Language Arts 2 HN. The purpose of this unit is to broaden your understanding of your own personal world and the world around you by reading literature from across the globe and from different periods of time.

    You can find out more information about Unit 4 and the books currently* available here. (This will open a new window to DonorsChoose.org; this project has been fully funded -- I am NOT looking for monetary donations at this time.)

    *See the extra credit opportunity in the summer reading packet pages. The more students that donate books, the MORE CHOICES there will be available for our novel unit!

    Novel Choices (links go to Amazon.com):

    Africa:

    I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

    They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Alephonsian Deng

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince

    Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton and Herman Viola

     

    Asia:

    Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisim Barakat

    Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni

    I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali, Delphine Minou, and Linda Coverdale

    Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

    In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

    First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

    A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream by Richard Bernstein

    Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang

     

    Europe:

    The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro

     

    Latin America:

    The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

    Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario

     

    As outlined in the information sheet, students taking Language Arts 2 HN with Miss Muhlbaier in the fall semester must bring their work to class with them on the first day of school. Students taking Language Arts 1 HN in the spring must drop off their work in the appropriately labeled bin in the Main Office on the first day of school. Work not received at this time will be marked late. Each day your assignment is late it will lose 5 points. If the assignment is not received by the end of the first school week, you will not receive credit for the assignment.

    One final note: Please complete your double-entry journals in BLUE or BLACK ink or type them using 12-point Times New Roman. DO NOT USE PENCIL.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at muhlbaier@crhsd.org.


Summer Reading 2018-19

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