Grading and homework/retake policy

  • Grading categories:

    35% Writing

    35% Literature

    15% Language Development (grammar, vocabulary, speaking/listening)

    10% Homework/Classwork

    5%   District Writing/Benchmark Assessments


    Homework and retake policies:

    Homework: Homework assignments allow students extra time to practice concepts learned in class. Since homework is corrected the following day, it is imperative that students complete assignments on time in order to receive valuable feedback. The homework is recorded in the grade book as either full credit (completed on time) or partial credit for late work. Assignments that are begun in class and finished at home may be considered “class work” and therefore may receive a formal grade.


    Retakes/ Revisions

    Students may retake tests and redo assignments within two weeks of receiving a graded paper. All work leading up to the assessment must be completed prior to the test in order for a student to be eligible for a retake. Practice material and/or PRIDE tutoring may be assigned as a prerequisite for the retake/revision.





  • Common Core Curriculum


    • Vocabulary: Academic and contextual vocabulary; Greek and Latin root words.
    • Grammar: Punctuation; phrases; sentence structure (simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex)
    • Writing: Informal, formal and on-demand writing pieces: constructed responses and essays (narrative, explanatory, and argumentative)
    • Literature: Short stories, plays, informational texts, novels, and poetry.
    • Speaking/Listening:  cooperative work, informal presentations


    Core Literature:

    • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  (students may purchase their own copies in which to write.)
    • The Giver by Lois Lowery (students may purchase their own copies in which to write.)
    • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (This compilation of stories will be used at various times throughout the year)