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7/8th Grade Literacy Grade Book Categories & Late Work Policy

In addition to the grade book categories below, these are the policies for late work in 7/8th Literacy:
 
READING LOGS are due on MONDAYS:  Reading logs are meant to be a journal of daily reading over the course of the week.  It is expected that students will turn in one log on Monday and start a new one that same day.  I understand that a student may leave a log out for parent signature on a Sunday night and in the bustle of Monday morning, it can be forgotten.  Therefore, I will accept reading logs for full credit on Tuesday, but after that, they will not be accepted.  By Wednesday, students should be filling in their new reading logs. 
 
Reading logs turned in weeks later are likely an exercise in filling in the reading chart on paper for points rather than showing what time was spent reading.  PARENTS, please talk with your student about what they are reading independently.  It will help them remember their text, and if they can't tell you what they read, they may need to read again more carefully.
 
ALL OTHER HOMEWORK:  Some work is needed to participate in class discussions the following day.  If that work isn't done, students will miss out on class activities, or if they do participate, will likely not be as active as if they had done their homework.  Homework, including but not limited to, word study sentences and definitions, flashcards, discussion prep, will be accepted late with the following penalties:
1 day late - 75% of grade earned
2 days late - 50% of grade earned
3 days late - 25% of grade earned
4+ days late - 0 earned for homework assignment
 
7/8TH LITERACY GRADE BOOK CATEGORIES
The 3rd - 8th Literacy Team revised the grade book categories based on discussions in the spring and over the summer.  Our goal in this task was to focus grading based on BALANCED LITERACY rather than types of assessments.  
 
Some items to note in READING:
- Homework and Participation remain 10% each in the overall grade
- Independent reading (where students do much of the work on their own, but still apply skills they have learned in class) is 10% of the grade
     -- this allows students who may struggle with IR to not be overly penalized for that work
- Skills/Language Study incorporates grammar, word study, and learning how to use literary skills as outlined in CCSS
- Novel Study (which encompasses texted used in full class and small group - novels, short stories, poetry, etc) - measures a student's application of the CCSS skills they have learned in "Skills/Language Study".  There was consensus that a majority of our time is spent on Novel Study-type tasks.
 
Our goal is to manage "formative" vs. "summative" assessments within each category, ensuring that no single assessment throws off a grade, but rather each assessment demonstrates a student's understanding at that point in time, during and at the end of a unit of study.
 

BALANCED LITERACY - READING GRADES

Component

What makes it up

% of grade

Novel Study (full class text, book club, lit circles)

Application of CCSS skills within class texts, final test, book vocabulary 

50%

Skills/Language Study

Learning CCSS skills - ie, main idea/detail, text structure, art of language (grammar), WTW/VTW, IXL, signposts, guided reading

20%

Independent Reading

AR quizzes, “box” work, book choice, habits of good readers

10%

Homework

for all categories (reading logs)

10%

Participation

self evaluation & teacher 

10%


Items to note in WRITING:

- This breakdown addresses the steps of the writing process, from pre-writing through final drafts.

- The greatest portion of the grade is allotted to Drafting/Revision, as that this the point in the writing process where students are learning and applying skills to improve their writing pieces.

- There is no homework or participation grade separated for Writing, as the components of the process include those and they would be redundant.

 

WRITING GRADES (WORKSHOP MODEL)

Component

What makes it up

% of grade

Prewriting

brainstorming, collecting information from novel study to apply to writing

20%

Drafting & Revision

1st draft and subsequent revisions based on application of lessons, constructive peer feedback,  teacher conferencing

40%

Editing 

Mechanics of writing (capitalization, punctuation, paragraphing, grammar, spelling)

20%

Final (Publishing)

Final draft, ready to publish

20%