• Expectations and Grading
    Language & Composition
    Grade 9



    • River Dell-issued laptop (charged, functioning)
    • Writing utensil
    • Notebook or loose-leaf paper


    Grading Policy


     All Language and Composition classes will assess students using total points, in the following areas of performance:  

    • Assessments 
    • Writing
    • Practice


    Course Expectations 


    • Ask for help.


    Extra help is available by appointment after school and during lunch.  Extra help is only appropriate when you have relevant questions pertaining to a lesson, task, or assessment.  Extra help or extra time must be requested in advance of an assessment or deadline; requesting extra help or extra time on the night prior or on the day an assignment is due is inappropriate and will not suffice as an excuse for late work or poor performance.

    In a virtual learning environment, extra help will still be available by appointment. To obtain extra help, send an email with the extra help topic. I will respond to this email with my options for availability; once we agree on a day and time, extra help will take place through Microsoft Teams.


    • Use tech responsibly.


    Using cell phones in class is prohibited. In the event that you are unable to separate yourself from your cell phone, a cell phone day care will be available in the front of the classroom where your device can reside until the end of the school day. 

    The River Dell issued laptop is a privilege that students enjoy during class for academic purposes.  A student caught using the laptop inappropriately will be issued three warnings.  After the third warning, laptop privileges will be revoked for the remainder of the week, and that student must bring a notebook and writing utensil in lieu of a laptop.  If the misbehavior continues, the student will lose laptop privileges for the marking period.   

    These same rules and expectations apply to both in-person and virtual learning. When logging on to virtual class, it is expected that students will conduct themselves appropriately and with respect. It is expected that students will pre-select a quiet location free of environmental distraction and ambient noise. A number of virtual tools will be shared with students to allow everyone to ask questions discreetly, express confusion to the teacher, and contribute meaningfully.


    • Be here, be on time.


    Whether in school or online, students are expected to attend class on time every day, prepared to be engaged and learn with the required materials. In a virtual classroom, this would involve logging on to our Daily Class Link and turn on the camera. This course will require a willingness to learn actively, cooperate with others, work independently and quietly, and communicate with students and the teacher in a productive manner.  

    Lateness will not be tolerated in this class.  Barring extenuating circumstances, I will excuse the first tardy; after that, tardiness will result in a detention.  If you happen to be tardy during an activity or assessment, that activity or assessment cannot be made-up for credit. 

    In the event of an absence, the week-at-a-glance must be consulted and I should be approached for clarification and deadlines. I do not suggest that students consult a peer in the event of an absence unless it is the only option available.


    • Follow directions.


    OneNote, Teams and Genesis are tools with which students and parents can take control of one’s academic career and steer it in the desired direction.  All assignments, deadlines, and documents distributed in class will be available in our OneNote class notebook, inasmuch as it is possible to do so.  In addition, a “Week-at-a-Glance” page will provide viewers with a general itinerary for each lesson of the week.  Any questions or concerns about this course are always welcome and should be taken to me.  

    I do not accept late class work or homework from students.  Class work can only be made-up when a student has been absent and a new deadline has been assigned. I do not accept late class work for any other circumstance; in addition, late projects will drop one grade for every day that it is tardy.  If a student happens to be absent on the day of an assessment, a make-up version of the assessment will be given the day that student returns. Incomplete work will not receive credit. 

    Drafting and revising are critical to success in this class, and to that end, substantial work between drafts must be evident. If you were given notes during a peer review, or comments from me, their effect on your writing should be apparent. Spell-checking, addition, and format changes alone are not enough to constitute a revised draft. For a draft to receive full credit, it must meet the requirements outlined on the essay assignment (length, topic, format, and so forth). Each essay will undergo revision and rewriting, with the assistance of peer review, instructor feedback, and your own further thinking. All essays will adhere to MLA format for research papers, including documentation. Credit for the rough drafts will issued as well as a final essay grade. More specifically, there will be penalties for short, late, or missing drafts and for short or late essays, or for drafts that show minimal revision. 


    • Be fair.


    Plagiarism on any assignment is entirely unacceptable and will be subject to the consequences outlined in the student handbook on academic dishonesty. Plagiarism can be defined as “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.”