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  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  

     
    Division Lead Teacher
    Beginning Composition
    Honors English 9
    ERWC English 12
     
    Beginning Composition
    English 9
    English 10
     
    Beginning Composition
    English 9
     
    Patrick Crean
    Honors English 10
    English Foundations 2-4
    Speech and Debate
      
    English 11
    Science Fiction as Literature
    Yearbook
     
    English 12 ERWC
    Drama 1, 2, 3, 4
     
    AP English Language
    Critical Approaches to Cinema
    Beginning Composition
     
    English 10
    English 12 ERWC
     
    AP English Literature
    English 11
      
    Beginning Composition
    English 10
    APEX English 
     
    Brittany Shapley
    English 11
    AP English Language
    Academic Decathalon
     
    Beginning Composition
    English 9
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    English 9 Honors
    Beginning Composition
      
     
  • Vista del Lago High School

    English Department Grading Policy

    The English Langue Arts Department at Vista del Lago High School fully endorses and complies with the school-wide Assessment and Grading Policy. The following items are specific to the English Department, and will be the standard for all English courses at Vista del Lago High School:

    Extra Credit: No extra credit will be offered.

    Grading Scale

    • Every assessment in the course is still going to be marked as formative (during learning/for learning) or summative (at the end of learning).
    • Each assessment will be scored out of six levels of proficiency.  For assignments where multiple skills are being assessed (for instance, an essay, which might have five or six rubric strands being assessed , multiple columns will be used in the gradebook to report scores.  
    • As parents, looking at how the students are doing is going to be best reflected by the letter grade rather than the percentage.  For example, an 84% will read as an A, and a 50% will read as a C-.  Ideally, we will be able to track growth in a particular skill (i.e. “How is the student progressing in the organization category of writing assignments?” or “My student often scores lower in conventions—why is that?”) rather than just “What grade does s/he have?”
    • Ultimately, the six-point scale helps students view their abilities in the context of learning proficiencies rather than points. When students understand the criteria upon which they are evaluated and can visualize how to master specific skills, they are more likely to realize their learning goals. The 6-point scale minimizes subjectivity and has the capacity to shift the mindset from "learning to earn a grade" to "learning for the sake of learning."

     

    6 Point Score

    Letter Grade Earned

    Percentage Cutoff

    Performance Level

    Performance Description

    6-5


    A+


    A


    A-

    100%


    90%


    83.3%

    Exemplary (6) &

    Advanced (5)

    The student demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills and applies both in a masterful fashion that shows insight and depth.

    4


    B+


    B


    B-

    78.3%


    71.6%


    66.6%

    Proficient

    The student demonstrates strong knowledge and skills and applies both consistently with only minor mistakes or omissions.

    3


    C+


    C


    C-

    61.6%


    55%


    50%

    Apprentice

    The student has a basic understanding of content but requires further assistance, study, and practice in order to demonstrate proficiency.

    2

    D+


    D


    D-


    45%


    38.3%


    33.3%

    Novice

    Student demonstrates limited understanding of concepts and skills and is not ready to move on to next level.

    1

    F

    16.6%

    Unsatisfactory

    Student does not demonstrate skills or understanding of content.

    Score you will receive on assignments

    Letter Grade shown in PowerSchool

    Percentage you will see in PowerSchool. This is not the percentage you earned on an assignment. 

    The above descriptors represent your performance level on skills and concepts.

    The above descriptor defines your grade level performance on skills and concepts.

     

    Group Projects: When participating in a group project, students will be graded individually and we will be evaluated based on their own work within the group. No group grade or average score will be used to determine an individual student’s grade on a group project.

     

     

     

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