grade expectations

This class uses a workshop style approach to reading and writing so that you will have every possible opportunity to develop and grow toward your goals, whatever they may be: moving on to more advanced classes, gaining skills necessary for success in college, earning credit so that you can graduate and receive your diploma, practicing and perfecting the self-discipline expected of a military candidate.  Whatever your plans are, I always want you to have a clear, straightforward path to follow for success in this class.

 

Below are the only three acceptable grades you can receive in this class along with what I expect from you in order to get that grade.  Read through these expectations carefully before choosing which one you are planning to work toward this semester.  At the end of each quarter, you and I will conference to see if you are on track toward that goal.  Obviously you can work as hard as you are willing to, and my hope is that all students will see an A as attainable.  But I want us to be able to start each semester with an honest conversation about what level of commitment and effort you are willing to give me and this class.  And only you can decide that.

A

advanced

For Reading Workshop, I will...

  • use my workshop time effectively every day; always have something to read.

  • self-select a system for keeping track of my past, current, and future reading.

  • stay in contact with Mr. Armstrong about my reading successes and struggles.

  • share what I am reading with an authentic audience.

  • actively participate in promoting a culture of reading in the classroom and school.

  • not fake read.

  • use my phone appropriately for reading as necessary, when necessary.

  • use all of the workshop time given without excuses or distractions.

 

For Writing Workshop, I will…

  • complete all five portfolio pieces on time.

  • submit my writing correctly - formatting, headings, titles, folder in Google Drive.

  • share some pieces before the due date to receive feedback from Mr. Armstrong.

  • support other writers in the room if the opportunity comes.

  • take risks in my writing and try new things.

  • use my phone appropriately and effectively to improve my writing.

  • value my own ideas, unique experiences, and beliefs - and those of others.

  • use all of the workshop time given without excuses or distractions.

B
basic

For Reading Workshop, I will…

  • use my workshop time effectively, even when looking for new books.

  • self-select a system for keeping track of my past, current, and future reading.

  • conference with Mr. Armstrong about my reading successes and struggles.

  • share what I am reading with an authentic audience when asked to.

  • not fake read.

  • use my phone appropriately for reading as necessary, when necessary.

  • use all of the workshop time given without excuses or distractions.

 

For Writing Workshop, I will…

  • complete four portfolio pieces, turned in on time (don’t skip the same piece twice).

  • choose whether or not to do the fifth portfolio piece for partial extra credit.

  • submit my writing correctly - formatting, headings, titles, folder in Google Drive.

  • share some pieces before the due date to receive feedback from Mr. Armstrong.

  • support other writers in the room if the opportunity comes.

  • use my phone appropriately and effectively to improve my writing.

  • value my own ideas, unique experiences, and beliefs - and those of others.

  • use all of the workshop time given without excuses or distractions.

C
credit

For Reading Workshop, I will…

  • not disturb others who are reading.

  • either be reading or actively looking for something new to read.

  • conference with Mr. Armstrong about my reading successes and struggles.

  • not fake read.

  • use my phone appropriately for reading as necessary, when necessary.

  • use all of the workshop time given without excuses or distractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Writing Workshop, I will…

  • complete the three core portfolio pieces: narrative, argumentative, and research.

  • choose whether or not to do the other two pieces for partial extra credit.

  • let Mr. Armstrong know ahead of time if my work is going to be late.

  • submit my writing to Mr. Armstrong, formatted as correctly as I can.

  • not disrupt other writers in the room, even if I am done with my portfolio earlier.

  • use my phone appropriately and effectively to improve my writing.

  • value my own ideas, unique experiences, and beliefs - and those of others.

  • use all of the workshop time given without excuses or distractions.

  • ask for permission before using workshop time for work from other classes.

consequences of not reaching goal

If you have not met the expectations - and are not working at an Advanced, Basic, or Credit level - when we conference one last time at the end of the semester to reflect on your progress, I will decide - without your input - which of the two following grades will be given based on your work for class:

 

☐  Diploma: you will receive the lowest possible passing grade but will be allowed to
                            move forward in school based on the work you have completed. 

 

☐  Fail: you must retake the class to receive the credit necessary for graduation.

About Mr. Armstrong

This will be my twelfth year teaching English Language Arts and my fourth working at Carthage High School, which I graduated from in 2005. I love being back in my hometown helping our sophomores find an appreciation for reading and writing while challenging them to discover and develop the value, depth, and power of their own voices. Hopefully this will be a year of daring greatly and learning bravely.

 

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