While every year is different, and certain projects and assignments will change from year to year, there are certain core requirements that every student will be expected to complete.
*Read independently on a regular basis. Students will be expected to complete a written review of a book they have read independently every month.
*Maintain the independent reading log in this packet. By the end of the year, students will be expected to have at least 25 books logged (or the equivalent in longer books.) This will include both independently read books and books read in school.
*Maintain a well-organized writing folder. This folder will contain a variety of writing samples from each of the five types(expository, narrative, persuasive, descriptive, and expressive) and a variety of styles. Some of these assignments will be selected by Mr. Pierce; others will be chosen by the student.
*Maintain a well-organized ELA binder. This binder will be divided into five sections; numbered pages will periodically be givenout in class. Binders will periodically be checked for completeness by means of a binder quiz.
*Read a minimum of four novels as a class. Time permitting, we will also read other novels. Books read as a class count towards the yearly 25-book requirement.
*Maintain a writing journal. We will be writing in our journals at least once a week; students will be expected to periodically select entries or ideas from their journal for revision.
*Be responsible for weekly assignments. While homework will vary from week to week depending on the unit,students will be expected to complete a vocabulary packet and supply a vocabulary word of their own choice each week.
- Homework: Homework must be completed in a timely fashion. Assignments will be accepted one day late for full credit; assignments more than one day late will receive a zero. Students are strongly advised to use the Homework Webline and Mr. Pierce’s “Upcoming Assignments” page to ensure that all assignments are complete.
- Missed Homework: More than two incomplete homework assignments will result in a detention, during which the missing assignments will be completed. Assignments completed during detention will receive one-half of normal credit.
- Absences: Students who are ill or otherwise unavoidably absent will, of course, be permitted to make up the work they missed; such students should come and see me upon their return to school to collect make-up work. If a student is likely to be absent for a prolonged period due to illness or family commitments, I will be more than happy to provide work; please contact the main office to let them know when the work will be picked up.
- Extensions: From time to time, a situation arises wherein a student simply does not have enough time to complete a project by the assigned due date. In such cases, the student may ask for an extension. However, it is the student’s responsibility to approach me in advance and make me aware of the problem. “I didn’t have time” will not be accepted as an excuse on the day the project is due.
- Late Projects: Unit projects and similar major assignments will lose 10 points per day late (unless the student has been given an extension.) If a project is more than a week late, a detention will be scheduled in order to ensure that the project gets done.
- Plagiarism: Students are expected to provide proper attribution for any information taken from another source, be it a book or a website. Students caught plagiarizing will be asked to redo the assignment the first time. Subsequent violations will be subject to a grade penalty depending on the severity of the plagiarism.