Standing Assignments & Extra Credit Options

Standing Assignments

Any items turned into MHarrison will be subject to the Late Work policy in class.  Students should fold all assignments (except when noted in class) vertically with the crease on the left of the paper, and put the 4W's on the top of the 1/2 sheet.  The 4W's are: WHO (student's name), WHAT (assignment), WHEN (turn-in date), and WHERE (which class).

Journals:  Students are required to have a NON-SPIRAL, BOUND journal to write in each day.  Journals will taken up on a rotational basis and given a spot-grade for being complete and addressing the topics each day.

Acordeones:  As part of the review process for vocabulary, students will be required to complete Acordeones for each list of words.  MHarrison will demonstrate in the class the proper way to complete these.  When finished, there should be 8 columns with alternating words and definitions. Each column must be completed in alternating colored pen.

Research Paper:  All students will complete a Literary Criticism Research Paper this semester.  Students will request authors during the 1st six weeks, and will choose a work or works from that author to read during the second six weeks.  The final paper will be due on the 75th day of class, no matter what day that falls on and no matter what issues we experience with weather.  More information will be given on this in class.

Letter of Proposal:  New this year, the school has decided to allow/expect juniors to begin the process of the Graduation Project before the end of the year.  That means students will need to be thinking about and ultimately choose what they will do for their Graduation Project, and go through the process of securing a mentor and submitting a Letter of Proposal before the end of the semester.  Students will then be able to complete the practical experience hours over the summer.

The Big 9:  Each six weeks, the class will highlight 3 major authors in the class.  Students will be broken up into groups and required to research and teach the class about one of the 9 authors chosen.  Students will receive their grade on the project during the six weeks that they present.

Reading Journals:  For each of the 3 major novels assigned in class, students will be required to complete 10 reading journals that will be due on the day the novel assigned is due.  Reading journals will be completed online.

Grammar:  Each week, students will do daily homework in grammar.  These assignments will be checked at random.  Students will be given notes on how to complete each day's assignment.

SAT Writing Prep:  Each six weeks, students will write 2 30-minute timed essays in class which will be scored according to the SAT writing test rubrics.  Students will get an opportunity to re-write the essays whenever possible and provided MHarrison allows the re-writes.



Late Work:  Although not desired, some work in the class can be turned in late.  For each day something is late, students will be deducted 10% of the points available on that assignment.  If an assignment is turned in anytime after the stated due date and time (typically the beginning of class), it will be count for minimum of one day late.  Students are required to fill out a late form and attach it to the assignment or it will not be graded.

Tardies:  Tardies will be counted at all times and it will affect a student's ability to exempt the final exam.

Hall/Homework Passes:  At the beginning of the semester, each student was given 4 Hall/Homework Passes.  These can be used for a variety of things: 1. Hall pass to get water, go to the bathroom, etc.  2. Late Pass (no tardy counted) as long as the tardy is not over 3 minutes.  3. Homework pass - will either take the place of an assignment (daily checks) or delay the due date (take-home essays) by one day.  4. Count as extra credit.  Once the 4 passes are used, no new ones will be given.  Any bathroom or locker passes given beyond these 4 will result in an after school detention.


Extra Credit

Each six weeks, students will be allowed to turn in up to 6 items of extra credit.  See the link provided for a breakdown of each opportunity and point values:

Extra Credit Options