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Janet Preslar, FrActivity
English 101S Supplemental Instruction
- GRADING POLICY
- A - SUPERIOR.
- Must exhibit a thorough understanding of the basics of composition. Must complete
work on time and as requested. There will be no major sentence or paragraph errors. There
will be very few grammar errors, with no fragments, comma splices or run-ons. Only a few
spelling or punctuation errors will be evident. In other words, student will demonstrate
complete understanding of the concepts taught in this course. To achieve an "A"
you must complete 6 written assignments, complete the Journal with at
least 60 pages, get a high "B" or better on the 6 graded papers and the Outline.
- B - ABOVE AVERAGE.
- Not as hard to achieve. Must be competent in the fundamentals of the writing process.
Student should have work handed in on time and completed as requested. Word choice will
be accurate, and there will be few errors in spelling, punctuation, or capitalization, as well
as sentence or paragraph construction. In other words, no major errors should be apparent in
final paper(s). To get a "B" you must complete 6 essay assignments with a "C"
or better average, and complete the Journal with at least 50 pages, as well
as submitting a passable Outline.
- C - AVERAGE.
- Fairly simple to achieve. Should show basic understanding of the writing process. All
assignments should be completed, with only a few minor errors. Thesis will be clearly stated
and the paper will be appropriate length. Language will be free from slang, and student
should demonstrate mastery of basic grammar. Few fragments or run-ons will be evident. There
will be no verb tense shifts, no subject-verb disagreement, and there will be some transitional
expressions used to create a smooth, logical paper. If you attend regularly and are able to do
the work as requested, you'll probably get this grade. To merely pass (get a "C")
you must satisfactorily complete 6 essay assignments, with an overall passing grade ("C")
on the 6 graded essays. You must complete the Journal with at least
45 pages. You must also get an overall passing grade on the OUTLINE.
- D - BELOW AVERAGE.
- Pretty easy to achieve. Major errors will still be evident in writing, including second
language errors, fragments and run-ons, a large number of spelling errors, repetition of words
and phrases, clichés, slang and an overall weak use of the language. Missed assignments,
failure to complete 6 essay assignments, not submitting a Journal or Outline and lack of understanding of the basics of composition and
logic will get you one of these grades.
- F - INFERIOR.
- Real easy to achieve. Don't show up, don't do the assignments, and show a real lack of
concern for the whole thing, and you earn one of these grades.
This is a process; if you do poorly at first, but improve as the semester progresses,
your grade will reflect the latter work. Conversely, if you get A's at the beginning of the
course but fail to maintain that pace as the semester progresses, your grade will suffer.
Thus, as you improve, so will your grade. It is possible to start out with problems at the
beginning of the term and have a B or an A as your final grade. What you must keep in mind
is that a recorded grade is final and is unlikely to be changed unless there is an
overwhelmingly compelling reason. Don't forget to officially drop or withdraw from a class
which you no longer attend or it will likely be an "F" on your record. Be sure to finish all
assignments as requested, for Incompletes are also a rarity, designed for specific instances
which are clearly outlined in the college catalog. Know your responsibilities. And remember:
although I explain in great detail the strengths and weaknesses of your papers with you,
grades are not negotiable.
I weigh the grades as follows:
||(6 at 12% each)72%
|Final Literature Research Paper OUTLINE
Grading on the 6 COMPLETED/ACCEPTED Essays:
A = 95%
B = 84%
C = 74%
D = 64%
F = 0
Essays marked in CANVAS as INCOMPLETE are not counted toward final grade
Failure to COMPLETE 6 ACCEPTED essays will result in Failure of Course
Grading on OUTLINE:
A = 95%
B = 84%
C = 74%
D = 64%
F = 0
Failure to submit an OUTLINE will result in Failure of Course
A "PLUS" (+) adds 5% to a grade; a "MINUS"
(-) subtracts 4% from a grade. A "B+" then, is an 89%; a "B-" is an 80%.
Grading on JOURNAL:
60 pages =A
50 pages = B
45 pages = C
44 or fewer pages = D
No Journal submission = F
Any page less than full but greater than 1/2 full = 1/2 page
Any page 1/2 page or less counts as 0 page
Failure to submit a Journal will result in Failure of Course
Total Grade in Course is as follows:
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
0 - 59% = F
If for some reason you
need to miss a class, or you miss an assignment with a VALID excuse, talk to me and we can
work something out. Missing the first 3 assignments is grounds for
being dropped. You must see me about situations before they become problems.
Makeups for missed work MAY be arranged if the excuse is valid and if the situation
is known to me beforehand. If you come to me after the fact, some sort of verification will be
necessary in order to be allowed to make up work.
Plagiarism is the act of submitting someone else's work as your own. This includes using
a report or essay written by someone else, quoting from a source without giving that source
credit, or taking someone else's ideas or thoughts and submitting them as your own. The
school policy on plagiarism is simple: If you are caught, you will be sent to the Vice
President of Instruction. We do this in order to identify problem students. Also, you
will certainly fail the assignment. With repeated offenses, you will fail the course, and
possibly be expelled from this institution. The bottom line is that we want your thoughts
and ideas, in your words. If you have any questions, I can help you to document sources
Lastly, do not let yourself get
behind and then expect me to read a pile of papers at the end of the semester. Due dates are firm.
Next, a word about class conduct. You are all adults. This is a learning environment. It
is not your living room or a public place. I personally don't care how you speak to others or
your friends outside of this class, but it is my responsibility to keep some semblance of order
and decorum in the chat room and on CANVAS. Treat others with respect and you will receive the same. I
reserve the right to remove anyone who cannot comply with the conduct guidelines set forth in
the college catalog. Know the rules and be respectful.
Finally, the campus learning center is located in the P1 portable. It has
tutors and other aids to help you. Use it! One last thing. I am willing to meet with you
before or after class if you need help or have any questions... but you must ask! I expect
you to take the initiative to do the best you can this semester.
© T. T. Eiland, January 1998-2019
Last modified: Aug 20, 2018