Students should expect a workload similar to what they would have if they were to complete this course at a college level. Studying (that is reading and working with the material, reviewing your class notes, making sure you understand distinctions and can give examples) is essential to your success in this course. You are responsible for the reading! It is impossible to cover all the material that could potentially be on the AP Exam during our class time. I will cover 60-75% of each chapter in class; you are responsible for learning the remaining 25-40% of each chapter on your own! This will also allow class time for demonstrations, discussions, videos, etc. that will help you remember the material.
Assignments: Always place your name, date, and class period in the upper right-hand corner of your paper. Assignments will be returned for rewriting or given a zero if they are not legible.
Classwork/ Homework: Class work will consist of lecture notes, reading assignments, writing assignments, group work, etc. Classwork is due at the end of the period. Homework is due at the beginning of class. Incomplete work will be graded accordingly.
Late Work: Work turned in late and not associated with an excused absence will not earn full credit. Late work will be accepted but only count for HALF the credit. Exceptions will be made in unique situations as determined by the teacher and/or administrator.
- All assignment are considered late if turned in after the teacher has picked up the assignment or after due date on goole classroom website. As a result, zeros will be allotted for any assignments received after the given due date.
Essays/ Papers: Written assignments will be given out on a daily basis. Essays will be assigned and constructed at home and as well in the classroom. In preparation for the AP exam, timed- essays will be assigned. Also, the scoring guide will be utilized to assess the Short Answer Question (SAQ), Long Essay Question (LEQ), and Document Based Question (DBQ) essay.
Test/ Quizzes: You will be given a test at the end of each Unit. Assessment material will cover the information presented from the readings, lecture notes, handouts, and any other pertinent information. In preparation for the AP Word Exam, the format of each test will be multiple –choice and short answer/ essay. In addition, some test will be given in essay format only. Each test will be announced, and you are encouraged to invest your time in order to be prepared to perform well on tests. Pop- quizzes/ and Announced quizzes will be given and it is your responsibility to be prepared for them at any given moment. If you fail an assessment, you may complete test corrections in class before/ after school to receive up to half your points back. I strongly believe in the fail forward policy for test, in which if a student puts his/ her best foot forward than they should never get a grade lower than 50%. Unless the student did not take the exam, in which they will receive a Zero until they make it up. You are expected to take these assessments with the class. If you are absent the day before a major test or quiz, you must take the test or quiz the day you return.
Midterm/ Final Exam: You will be given a mid-term exam that will cover the first 9 weeks of material covered in the course. The Final Exam will be given during the last week of the semester and will be comprehensive.
Projects: You will have one major individual project and a few “mini” projects each semester. Most of these projects will be assigned as group projects. Due dates will be announced well in advanced.
Absences/ Make-up work: The structure of this class requires students to attend class daily. In order to receive full credit on make-up work, students must provide the teacher with an excused admission slip from the attendance office. It is your responsibility to grab the make-up work out the folders for that missing day. If the absence is excused, you will normally have one day for each day you are absent to make up an assignment (no more than 5 days), or you will be given a zero for each assignment missed.
Textbooks/Binders/ Agenda Book: Students must bring their Binder and Agenda to class every day. Textbook may stay at home unless I request books to be bought to school. Binders should have 6 tabs, one for each unit we will be covering throughout the year. It is important to bring these materials to class daily in order to become and stay organized with the rigorous requirements of this course as well as be academically successful.
Computers: All students must gain access to a computer at home, school, or public library as all assignments are posted online. Assignments can also be accessed with a smart phone. Assigned work and a variety of resources will be posted and referenced to the Internet throughout the semester via Verge, Google Classroom, and other technological sources such as Flipgrid and Remind. In addition, software programs such as MicroSoft Office, Office 365 and Google Docs will be utilized regularly during the school year.
• Please note: Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support to receive assignments. *Please be sure to back up any files on whatever computer system you use.
Virtual Classroom Etiquette:
1. Log On- Use your LEGAL name for attendance purposes.
2. Be on Time- Have all necessary materials prepared and ready, including technology.
3. Mute Yourself- Make sure your mic is on mute BEFORE you enter the classroom. Pay attention to your teacher and others who may be speaking.
4. Participate- Be focused and ACTIVELY participate in independent, cooperative group or whole class activities. Type in comments or questions in the chat or wait for your teacher to call on you. Refrain from electronic devices (cell phones) unless instructed for academic usage.
5. Be Respectful- No profanity, vulgarity or inappropriate comments. Do not speak when someone else is talking or presenting and respond to others with respect in word and gesture.
6. Dress appropriately- Please adhere to the dress code criteria as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.
Students will be allotted (3) bathroom passes 9 weeks. That is (6) bathroom passes total a semester. Students are advised to use the restroom before and after class. If a student has a reason as to why they will need more passes throughout the semester, please talk to me about the circumstance.
General Rules: Students will be on time, prepared, respectful and responsible.
No backpacks are allowed in the classroom unless they’re mesh or clear.
No phones are allowed in the classroom unless given permission.
Students will use appropriate language within the classroom and hallways.
Expectations for class: Every student has the right to learn in a safe environment.
Each individual student will be respected.
Hard work is necessary for learning.
Critical thinking and asking questions create effective problem solvers!
2. Individual Teacher- Student Meeting
3. Phone call home/ Parent Conference
4. Referral to Administer
5. In school suspension
6. Out of school suspension
Cheating/ Plagiarism: Cheating will not be tolerated on ANY assignments. Plagiarism is prohibited. Students (s) will receive a zero if caught on the offense and the assignment cannot be made up. Second offense will result in a referral to an administrator for further disciplinary action.
- If a student allows other to copy his or her work, all students involved will be penalized.