Each assignment that is collected is assessed and returned in a reasonable amount of time, typically the following day. The max amount of time for an assignment to be returned is one week. Tests may take a week or longer depending on how many students were absent, since all students need to finish the test before they can be returned.
The following is a breakdown of what comprises a final quarter grade:
Tests/Projects/Quizzes: 25%: Each unit is broken down into two parts: an A and a B. Since students are already tested enough, part A’s assessment will be a project and part B’s assessment will be an exam which encompasses the entire unit–meaning part A and B. There is a vocabulary quiz for each “mini” unit, and there is a word bank provided. All vocabulary that will be checked is on Quizlet and the links are provided on this website. Quizlet has games and flashcards for study purposes.
Unit Packets: 25%: For each “mini” unit (A’s and B’s), students are provided a unit packet with every activity we do during those weeks as well as the vocabulary list. If packets are lost, it is the student’s responsibility to get a new one by printing one from the website and to catch up on whatever they lost. These packets are collected at the end of each unit. Ample opportunities are provided throughout the unit to correct their work and catch up on anything missed, so these should be an easy grade. Plus, they are kept in the classroom so there is no reason they should be misplaced.
Participation: 25%: Since being actively involved in speaking, listening, and asking questions is ESSENTIAL to learning another language, participation is part of the final grade. Each day, students are given a score on three points: attentiveness, respect, and preparedness. This means students must be attentive and respectful to the teacher and peers, and prepared with the homework (if any), an all other materials needed for that day.
Upon entering the classroom each day, students are expected to get their folders and quietly begin working on the day’s bellringer, which is an opening question on the board. The student will not receive help from the teacher or peers at this time because this is a time for students to gauge where they are at, and to see what they need to review. When the timer goes off, the answers are gone over as a class, so an opportunity is provided to correct any errors. These bellringers are collected at the end of the unit as a participation grade as well. If a student fails to try and fill in their responses because they’ll just “get the answers anyway”, points from their daily participation score will be deducted.
Homework: 25%: Occasionally, but not often, homework is given. When it is given, students are expected to complete it in a timely manner and to the best of their ability.
In general, this is a scoring rubric for the levels of student work, taken from the course expectations document found on this website: