English Composition

Grading Contract

Professor Reading's composition class takes an unconventional approach to grading in writing. On this page, you will find your contract for this class, and the logistics of how your grades will be calculated. It takes the concepts of everyday life in both home and work. You are 'graded' by the efforts you put in. For example, if you don't show up to work, you don't get paid. If you don't complete the tasks assigned on the job, you may lost your job. All the same principles apply in this class. Work = passing, no work = failing. 

You will also rely on your peers in a number of ways. This class will focus on how to create a culture of support similar to writing circles (a way many professional and independent writers push forward with their craft and projects). Judging and assessing others' work is all apart of the learning process. 

Overview

Some of the elements that are different in this class are: 

1. Your class grades are based on the labor toward your work and not necessarily the quality of your work. See grading criteria for a "B."

2. You will not get specific grades on specific assignments. It will be based on the work you put into your assignments. 

3. The role of the instructor is not to rate your work in the traditional quantitative sense (with a number grade), but main focus of this course grading is based on the idea developing healthy and productive writing practices. The quality of your work is only put into question when suggestions are ignored and revisions have not been completed. If the student is having issues with revision, conferences and additional sessions with the professional tutors or academic coaches can help as well. 

Things that are the same: 

1. Success in this class is based on class participation, turning in the assignments on time and complete, and following the instructions/feedback for each assignment. 

2. You will receive a final grade at the end of the unit. Your midterm grade will be your Unit 1 grade. Your final grade will be the combination of all three units. 

3. You will receive feedback on your work from the instructor on major assignments. You will also receive progress reports, especially if you are not reaching the mark. 

4. Once a unit closes, you cannot turn in any other work toward it. 

Guaranteed-B Method of Contract Grading

If the following is achieved, you will receive a guaranteed B: 

1. You complete all work both assigned in class or outside of class and miss no more than 1 week of class. 

2. All of your essays were evaluated as satisfactory and the instructor acknowledges an improvement in the drafting process. 

3. All other grades are a result of more or less. 

To receive an A in this class you need to complete the following: 

1. Complete everything as listed in B, plus the extended revisions from the final draft feedback. Two extra readings with analysis. 

2. You cannot miss any classes within the unit to receive an A.

Lower grades: 

1. Cs are given to students who have turned in 80% of the work and missed less than two weeks of classes. 

2. Ds are given to students who have turned in 70% of the work and missed less than three weeks of classes. 

3. You will not pass this class if you turned in less than 70% of the work and missed more than three weeks of classes. 

Defining key elements: 

1. Work must be complete. This means you follow the guidelines for each assignment in both page count and expected quality. The instructor can reject any assignment until a further redraft. In that case, you will not receive credit for your work until it reaches those expectations. 

2. Everyone must work as a team. For this model to work, you must work collectively in a positive and productive manner. We will respect differences, try to understand misunderstandings, and work toward the same goal of finding better ways to present our thoughts. 

3. You must be present. Being there doesn't not count if you are just muted and have your camera off. Communications rely on non-verbal and verbal feedback. Attendance does not count if you are not engaging with your peers and the material. 

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