Perspectives on Teaching Composition in the Secondary School|
|Grading and Other Course Policies|
Grades in this course will break down as follows:
Your learning and that of your classmates in this course will depend upon your genuine and consistent participation in course discussions and activities, including the writing and roundtable groups as well as online discussions that we may have on BLS (Blackboard Learning System). We will use the BLS discussion board primarily as a way to distribute and comment on course assignments as well as to extend class discussions, when appropriate. You should log into our course BLS site regularly (at least once each week) to keep abreast of ongoing discussions, to read and respond to the summary/response papers posted for that week, and to read course announcements. Each student is expected to participate regularly in the online discussions of the writing and roundtable groups to which he or she is assigned; in general, acceptable participation amounts to approximately one contribution to the BLS discussions each week. Grading for this component of the course will be based on the extent of your participation: if you participate according to these guidelines, you'll receive full credit for this portion of your grade for the course; if you participate haphazardly or not at all, or if you fail to post responses to your classmates' summary/response paper drafts, your grade will be adjusted accordingly.
It should be obvious that attendance in a course such as this is essential. There is simply no way to reproduce our in-class activities and discussions or the roundtable and writing group discussions, which are central to the learning you will do in this course. Equally as important is the community we create in this course, which requires everyone's participation. My own views about writing put a premium on the role of the classroom community in teaching writing; my attendance policy arises from these views. Accordingly, if you miss more than one class during the semester without prior approval, your grade may be adversely affected. Missing more than two classes may result in a failing grade.
Additional Course Policies