REQUIRED MATERIALS: Students should come prepared to class every day with all of the following:
1. WritingImplements— Students may write in either pencil or pen; my only request is that students not use iridescent/neon colors, as they are difficult for me to read.
2. Binder— Students will be asked to have a three ring binder with dividers*; I recommend getting no smaller than 1.5,” as it will be used to hold all class documents, warm ups, notes, handouts, and graded work
3. Paper— In their binders, students may choose to either have a) lined loose-leaf paper or b) a notebook with hole punches and perforated edges.
4. OutsideReadingMaterials— While most anchor texts are located in the textbook, we will have readings from assigned novels. Additionally, students will need novels on pre-determined days during which we will engage in Silent Sustained Reading (SSR).
5. *Internet access, Word processor, & printer— While this is not required during class, students must have some form of internet access in order to complete certain reading assignments in the online textbook and enter our class Edmodo page to view reminders, consult handouts/documents, and submit certain assignments for grading. It will also be necessary for students to access a Word processing program and printer. In the event that a student does not have a computer or printer available home, both can be accessed in the school’s Media Center.
GRADING: 70% Summative Assessments (tests, projects, presentations, some quizzes, etc.)
30% Formative Assignments (h/w, bellworks, classwork, quizzes, participation, etc.)
DEADLINES: Students are expected to complete all assignments on time. Hard copies of homework and essays will be passed forward at the beginning of the period. For certain assignments students will be asked to submit work on our class Edmodo website; these assignments must be posted before class on the designated day. Work submitted after the student’s class period will be considered late (see Late Work policy below). Neither computer nor printer problems are excuses for late work, so students should plan ahead for emergencies by securing the contact information of at least two reliable classmates and saving copies of typed assignments to a USB, Google Drive, or email account. As a last resort, students may email their assignments before class and follow up with a hard copy of the assignment as soon as possible.
Late formative assignments— For formative work I have a strict three strike policy.
1st late assignment: Fill out and attach a Late Submission form to the assignment to receive full credit. This must be done within one week of the assignment’s original due date, otherwise it will not be accepted.
2nd late assignment: Same procedure as above, only the assignment will only be earn partial credit.
3rd + late assignment: Late assignments from this point on will not be accepted past the due date.
Late summative assignments—Late projects and essays will receive a 10 point deduction each day they are not turned in after the deadline. These points also accumulate over weekends. If, for example, an essay is due on Friday and a student turns it in Monday (three days late), that student receives a 30 point deduction, changing an 85 to a 55.
Absent on the Day an Assignment is Due– If a student is absent on the date an assignment is due, he or she should do one of the following:
a) send in a hard copy of the completed assignment with another (reliable) student,
b) post the assignment on the class Edmodo website, or
c) send the assignment via email to [email protected].
In the event of an anticipated absence, a student may also turn in an assignment early. If an absent student neglects to turn in an assignment via peer, Edmodo, or email by its due date, it will be considered late. This is particularly important for summative assessments that are due. The only exception to this is any worksheet not uploaded to Edmodo.
Homework Assigned While Absent– Since we live in such a technologically advanced society, each student is expected to be able to access Edmodo in order to access handouts, assignments, deadlines, notices, and other information pertinent to his or her success in this course. With this information readily available for students’ convenience, students are responsible for consulting the Edmodo website for homework assigned during their absence. Homework assigned while a student is absentshould be completed and turned in upon the student’s return, unless otherwise specified. (Certain homework assignments may require a student to first complete the corresponding classwork or obtain a handout; I will indicate on the Edmodo assignment post whether absent students should postpone completing a homework assignment. If there is no such comment posted, students will be expected to have it complete by the next class.) Students are encouraged to contact a peer or email me should they have any questions about a homework assignment or want clarification on a concept.
All assignments submitted late due to absence must have the word “ABSENT” written in boldat the very top of the front page. If a student fails to do this, the assignment will be tallied in that student’s late submission strikes.
It is important to also note that assignments with predetermined due dates, such as essays or scheduled readings, will not be affected by absence. If, for example, it says on our Reading Schedule that chapters 4-6 are to be read by Friday and a student is absent on Thursday, he will be expected to have read up through chapter 6 when he returns to class Friday.
Missed Classwork, Tests, & Timed Writings– When students return to class, it is their responsibility to check the make-up file located on the student table to get any assignments or handouts distributed during their absence. As per St. Johns County School District’s Attendance Policy, students will have as many days as they were absent to complete missed classwork, timed writings, and tests. (Students are encouraged, however, to complete missed classwork during their absence, if possible, in order to avoid falling behind.) As previously stated, any classwork assignments turned in late due to absence must be labeled “ABSENT” at the top of the page.
Missed tests and timed writings must be completed before or after school; it is the student’s responsibility to remember to stay after to make up a missed assessment within the designated time frame. In the event that a student does not make up a missed test or timed writing in the appropriate time, the summative late policy will take effect. If a student plans on staying after to make up an assignment, that student should write his or her name on the class calendar(located on the bookshelf by the door) along with the assignment or assessment to be made up.
The majority of professors now-a-days have their students electronically turn their papers and essays in. So, instead of the turning in 5 pages of actual paper, college students never actually print their essays, but instead just turn them in through email. The reason teachers do this is because it is much easier to check for plagiarism when they have a digital file. (If your teacher makes you upload the paper through blackboard then the paper will automatically be plagiarism checked.) Also, I imagine papers are easier to organize and keep track off when turned in digitally.
However, even though this online system of turning in papers seem efficient and flawless, it is not. At least not for your professor. That is because it is easy for students to turn papers in late this way. I am strongly against procrastinating and do not think that turning your paper in late is good for you (as you will get behind in work) or for the professor (because you are giving them extra work.) However, sometimes there are third factors that may stop you from being able to finish your paper on time and this can be a very useful trick.
I figured out this “hack” on accident last term when I turned my paper in on time and finished, but it was in a format that for whatever reason my teacher’s computer could not open. He emailed me four days after I had turned it in asking me to save it as a different file type. I realized that my original essay could have just said “poop” and he would have thought it was a full essay and then I would have had another four days to do the actual assignment.
The problem though, is that you could not do this to all teachers because you have no idea which files they can and cannot open. I found a solution when a friend of mine shared this little gem on Facebook. This basically shows you a way to make the file you send to your teacher have a message saying “There was a problem with this file’s contents.” The way you do this is by making a word document, opening it in notepad, deleting some of the coding, and then save the word file. This will make the word document unreadable, so when you send it to your teacher it will show that message making it appear to be a weird computer mistake. Your teacher will then ask you to send it again, you apologize for the inconvenience, and “try to resend it,” but actually give him your now finished essay.
If you do not have Microsoft word you could do something similar by perhaps “accidentally” sending in an essay for a different class or a file of your rough draft only containing your thesis and quotes or something.
If your paper is physically due in class, I have also seen students claim that their printer was being faulty, and ask if they can just email their paper right after class. That could also be a way to turn an essay in late, but would only work with a cool teacher who accepts excuses.
Again, you should only do this in emergencies because it creates a burden for your teacher, and may get you in bad procrastinating habits.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Logan James Ivey is a sophomore at the two year school of Sierra College located in the beautiful foothills of California. His plans are to transfer to the University of California, Davis as an international relations major and perhaps double major or minor in economics. In High School he enjoyed making yearbooks and short films in his Multi Media class. Logan's other interests include rivers, the Internet, becoming strong and listening to hip hop music. You can learn more about this amazing boy by following him on Twitter or Google +.