KEYS TO SUCCESS: Happiness – Respect - Integrity - Responsibility
The expectations for the course are quite simple and should be quite familiar to most of you. In order for you to learn and succeed in school, you need to do the following:
- be on time
- listen attentively and participate in class
- respect one another
- do not interrupt others
- no put downs or insults
- be prepared - complete all homework and assignments on time
- attend tutorials or seek one on one help to discuss your writing and to better understand concepts
- FOOD, MP3 players and CELL PHONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN CLASS! You may, however, bring water.
- ALL major assignments MUST BE COMPLETED for the course to be considered complete. Even if you have forfeited a mark on the assignment, you must still do the work.
- PLAGIARISM IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! Plagiarized assignments will not be awarded a mark.
- DO YOUR BEST!
YOU are responsible for all work missed. It is not my responsibility to track you down. Set up a buddy system, someone you may phone to find out what you have missed.
Work missed due to absences must be made up immediately. Delay and an assignment will be registered as NHI.
Often you will be expected to complete a writing assignment to prove an understanding of course work missed due to absences.
Late assignments may result in a loss of marks.
Assignments that have been returned and graded may not be awarded a grade. Nonetheless, completion of these assignments is expected to complete the course.
Take home assignments should be typed if possible and DOUBLE-SPACED!
Blue or black ink is preferred for in-class writing assignments although pencil is acceptable.
A red pen is needed for marking. All assignments must include a date, your full name and block.
Illegible work will not - cannot - be graded.
Keep all rough work and written work on file until the assignment has been returned
If you are having difficulty with assignments or concepts, go to tutorials. You can often learn more in a ten-minute one-on-one tutorial than you can in class where a teacher must meet the demands of twenty or thirty diverse individuals.
I am also available to help you outside of class. Check my schedule or make an appointment.
The units of study will include composition, the novel, the short story and poetry.
You are responsible for organizing your notes. The supplies you will most definitely need are a large binder, five dividers, loose leaf, a blue or black pen, a red pen, three hi-lighters and a pencil.
Note taking is not merely filing handouts. It also involves highlighting, annotating and summarizing.
Quizzes and Tests: 20%
Written work and Projects: 60%
Final Exam: 20%
My e-mail address is email@example.com should you have questions or need to forward assignments. I also have a blog on the library website (Mr. Murray’s Virtual Classroom) that may prove useful: http://bestlibrary.org/murray/
Good luck, do your best, enjoy and here’s hoping you have a successful year!