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Raising the Grade

CWW Unit: 

Note: the last day for redoing work on the CWW project will be April 27th.

It is possible to raise the grade on any of the activities leading up to the final presentation. I will check the activities twice (Mar. 16 & 23). The final presentation also has a final due date of March 23rd. The final reflection will be due on March 27th. After these two dates, the 23rd for all activities and the presentation and 27th for the final reflection, all work not turned in will be counted as late.

What to do about late work in this unit? 

For activities: what you have earned is what you get. I will not change any activities grades after March 23rd.

For the final presentation: if you do not turn in the final presentation by the due date, I still expect you to complete it. Taking the initiative to complete it BEFORE it becomes a remediation issue means you get to choose the consequences. Your options are:

  • The grade that you receive on the final presentation will be lowered by “1” (ie, a 3 becomes a 2),
  • OR  you will have to do  interest (to be explained below).

*** If you fail to turn in the assignment in a timely manner, and I am forced to fill out a remediation form on your behalf, you will be subjected to BOTH consequences: -1 AND “interest.”

Rules for late CWW projects:

Note: the last day for redoing work on the CWW project will be April 27th.

1. First, do all of the activities leading up and including to the final presentation that are missing. I will not grade final presentations that are incomplete– ie, some activities were skipped. When you turn in the work, please attach a note stating that you understand that you have chosen to subtract one point from the final presentation grade (if the work is on your blog, please write the note at the top or bottom of your CWW blogpage). If you are choosing the -1 and you are not remediating, you do not have to read on. You are done.

2. If you need to do interest or prefer to do the interest instead of losing a point on the grading scale, here is what you must do:

1. Click on the projects or CWW page of 3 of your classamates and view 3 student CWW projects.

2. For each one, write a paragraph of feedback to that student (put it on the comments section of the blog and also copy/paste into your own blog or copy it on a paper that you will give to me). In the paragraph, be sure to identify the following:

  • What strengths the presentation had. Focus on the 7 elements of digital storytelling when you look for strengths,
  • What would make the presentation even more effective. Again, focus on the 7 elements.
  • A sentence or two stating what you learned from viewing, reading, or listening to their presentation- a “takeaway” that you believe will benefit you on some future assignment.
Remember: If you turn in your work voluntarily (before remediation), you can CHOOSE the -1 OR the interest (and no loss of points). If I have to ask you to do it (in the form of remediation), you will have 2 consequences. Be responsible!
Note: the last day for redoing work on the CWW project will be April 27th.

Voice Unit

Note: the last day for redoing work on the CWW project will be March 17th.

It is possible to raise the grade on any of the activities leading up to the final presentation. I will check the activities twice (Feb. 3 & 9). The final presentation is also due on the 9th. After this date, all work not turned in will be counted as late.

What to do about late work in this unit? 

For activities: what you have earned is what you get. I will not change any activities grades after Feb. 9

For the final presentation: if you do not turn in the final presentation by the due date, I still expect you to complete it. Taking the initiative to complete it BEFORE it becomes a remediation issue means you get to choose the consequences. Your options are:

  • The grade that you receive on the final presentation will be lowered by “1” (ie, a 3 becomes a 2),
  • OR  you will have to do  interest (to be explained below).

*** If you fail to turn in the assignment in a timely manner, and I am forced to fill out a remediation form on your behalf, you will be subjected to BOTH consequences: -1 AND “interest.”

Note: the last day for redoing work on the CWW project will be March 17th.

Rules for late voice projects:

1. First, do all of the activities leading up and including to the final presentation that are missing. I will not grade final presentations that are incomplete– ie, some activities were skipped. When you turn in the work, please attach a note stating that you understand that you have chosen to subtract one point from the final presentation grade (if the work is on your blog, please write the note at the top or bottom of the VOICE blogpage). If you are choosing the -1 and you are not remediating, you do not have to read on. You are done.

2. If you need to do interest or prefer to do the interest instead of losing a point on the grading scale, here is what you must do:

1. Click on the Projects page of the blog and view 3 student VOICE projects.

2. For each one, write a paragraph of feedback to that student (put it on the comments section of the blog and also copy/paste into your own blog or copy it on a paper that you will give to me). In the paragraph, be sure to identify the following:

  • What character traits you believe their character possesses, based on what you heard in the presentation. List and explain at least 3,
  • What methods you saw the student use to convey the character’s voice. Provide 3 examples. The examples can all be the same– ie, 3 different points in the presentation where DICTION was used, or a combination (such as 1 DICTION example, 1 SYNTAX, and one DETAILS).
  • A sentence or two stating what you learned from viewing, reading, or listening to their presentation- a “takeaway” that you believe will benefit you on some future assignment.
Remember: If you turn in your work voluntarily (before remediation), you can CHOOSE the -1 OR the interest (and no loss of points). If I have to ask you to do it (in the form of remediation), you will have 2 consequences. Be responsible!
Special offer just for late storyboards/final presentations
Trouble linking your storyboard/final presentation properly? I will look for these two items one more time– on Friday, Feb. 17. In order to get full credit for them, you must meet the following conditions:
  1. The links must work. Look at other people’s projects. Find someone who used the same programs as you did. Ask them how they made the links work.
  2. On your voice or projects page, write a paragraph that explains the specific problem, the bigger problem, and the solution for avoiding future problems like this one. EX: “My storyboard link did not take users to the actual storyboard but to the homepage for Linoit. I did not test my links after I put them on my blog, and I did not use the time in class to set this up as Mrs. Thomas advised. The solution was to change the preferences setup and then choose the right URL for linking. To solve this problem in the future, I will do the following: use class time to work on technology when it is provided for me,  test links on my blog before the due date and ask a friend or the teacher for help if I can’t figure it out on my own.”
  3. You must have the missing work, plus the paragraph, on your blog by the time you enter the classroom on Friday, Feb. 17th.

Process Grades (Analysis Packets)

The points you have earned for your packets are known as PROCESS GRADES.  Remember that as explained here, I have been assigning points to each worksheet, set of notes, plus spot-checked assignments such as notes on a reading or writing for a class activity.

Remember that you must turn in whatever you have completed on the due date.  If your packet is incomplete or if your work is unsatisfactory, you can add more points to your score in the following way:

  1. If that packet is incomplete (ie you only analyzed 1 item that week, or you did the notes for two items but not the worksheets/journals; you were missing a freewrite or other spot-checked assignment), you must complete the work. This work must be “3” level—nothing less will be accepted. Please propose a time by which you will have this work done. This due date is inflexible. You will not receive any points for this work—but doing it will allow you to move on to the next level—in which you do extra work for extra points.
  2. Once the packet is complete, you may do extra analyses for extra points. Again, the work you do must be “3” level—I expect top-notch work from you, given the extra time you’ve had to analyze these items. This applies to packets which were complete, but contained unpublished works. You will get a 1 for analyzing something that has not been published. In this case, it is considered a “complete” packet but if you want to raise the grade, you can do extra analyses to add more points.
  3. The extra items you are going to analyze must be approved by me. Titles and authors must be included in a written proposal that you submit before beginning. You must provide me with a planned due date by which you will turn these items in. This due date is inflexible—failure to meet the deadline means that you won’t get the extra points. A sample proposal might look like this:

Dear Mrs. Thomas,

I would like to add points to my sixth packet. I only completed 1 of the readings for that packet (3 out of 6 possible points) so I will do the missing set of notes and the worksheet by March 2. After that, I plan to read and analyze the following item for a total of 3 extra points to be added to my packet. The analyses for this item will be turned in by the due dateindicated below.

“Farewell, My Lovely” by E.B. White ESSAYS March 9, 2011

  • If you prefer, you may set up separate, staggered due dates for each item you plan to analyze for extra points. I highly recommend this to avoid letting work pile up until the end.
  • Your selections must be relevant to your topic, and they must be approved by me in advance.
  • You may not add points to a completed packet if you have other packets that are incomplete– ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED FIRST
  • You WILL NOT receive credit for work that is overdue and is being made up– turning it in will qualify you to start earning back points by doing EXTRA ANALYSES
  • NO PARTIAL WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. You must do the following for each item you analyze: notes, journal entry OR worksheet (completed 100%)
  • You may not earn a score higher than the maximum possible score for the original packet– so if you have a score of 7/9 points for a packet already, you may analyze one more selection for an additional 3 points, but you will only get 2 of those points added to your score. And no, you may not “skip” doing a part of the analyses in order to avoid doing extra work. You must complete all parts of the analysis– whether or not the points will be used. If you want to get those extra 2 points, you will have to do 3 points of work.  It’s all or nothing.
  • You must turn in all the original work when you turn in the make-up work. For example, if you are completing a packet that was incomplete, turn in the original work plus the new work. If you are turning in extra work to add points to a complete packet, turn in the complete packet along with the extra points packet.

FOR MISSING/LOW SCORES ON AoWs

Missing: Any missing (or late) AoW must be made up with “interest.” That means reading BOTH entries for the week that you missed and doing two reflections instead of one. Please make sure you CLEARLY label the interest entry on your blog, and then email me to let me know it’s there so I can change the grade in Standard Score.

DIDN’T FOLLOW DIRECTIONS on AoW: This is for AoW responses that were completed correctly but you did not follow the directions (ie you didn’t link the article, you didn’t include your wordcount, or some other nitpicky item). Here is what you must do:

  1. READ the book “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves” (available in my classroom).
  2. CREATE a poster that shows how a comma can change the entire meaning of the sentence (similar to the examples shown in the book).
  3. INCLUDE an explanation above or below the pictures that tells how the comma is functioning in each sentence.

NOTE: Posters must be at least 20″ x 20″ and neat, colorful, accurate. Help make the room a brighter place!

MISSING  ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES (ABE’S)

 What you need to do: For each missing ABE, first you must complete it according to the instructions on the annotated bibliography page. Pay attention to the rubric for each assignment and make sure you are doing exactly what is asked of you. To receive credit for these ABEs, you must also do one-half page of research as described in the Research for AP Readings handout. This is your “interest.” Without it, your ABE will be graded but I won’t enter the grade in the gradebook.

Do you want to raise the grade on an assignment not mentioned here? Please send me an email and I will add the remediation description to this page! Thank you!


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