Explanation of Mr. Pahl's Grading System

 

 

 

 

Bartlett High School Mr. Pahl 630.372.4700 ext 4093 larrypahl@u-46.org

Grading information for Civics

This course is using MARKS: an updating, in-progress grade will be displayed in Infinite Campus

What can I expect to see in Infinite Campus?

You will see that each assignment is characterized as either Formative or Summative. Formative assignments are homework assignments that help students understand the course concepts. Summative assessments are mostly traditional tests at the end of teaching unit to see how much students have learned.

How will grades be determined for the course?

The formative assignments count for 40% of the final grade, the Summative assignments count for 50% of the final grade, and the final exam counts for 10% of the final grade.

What is the homework philosophy/policy for this class?

Homework is an essential part of student cognitive growth and character formation.

Are there any other grading policies that students and parents should be aware of?

            Students can redo assignments and tests by making arrangements with Mr. Pahl.

Here is the rubric for grading most of the writing assignments that students do in this class, including short answer and essay questions on tests:

Item 1 2 3 4
ORGANIZATION and FORM. Use the appropriate writing form for the specific writing assignment. Use full sentences. The opening paragraph summarizes and leads into the rest of the essay. One paragraph for each main point. There is a clear organization of the piece. Writing form inappropriate, incomplete sentences, no organizational pattern noted Writing form is inappropriate; there are some incomplete sentences. Little or poor organizational pattern noted Appropriate writing form used with full sentences. Opening paragraph presents in some way what is to come. Paragraphs mostly stick to one topic. Evidence of overall organization. Appropriate writing form used with full sentences. Opening paragraph summarizes the rest of the essay. One paragraph for each main point. Clear organization
SUBSTANCE. Are your facts and ideas correct? Is your information correct? Did you show evidence of understanding the concepts and content required by the prompt? Information is factually wrong. There is little or no evidence of understanding the content required by the prompt. Some information is factually wrong. There is some evidence of understanding the content required by the prompt. Facts and ideas presented are mostly correct. The information is mostly accurate. There is evidence of understanding and articulating the concepts and content required by the prompt. Facts and ideas presented are correct. The information is correct. There is solid evidence of understanding and articulating the concepts and content required by the prompt.
CLARITY. Did you write clearly? Are your thoughts sequential, do they make sense? Do they follow acceptable logic? Have you explained yourself well? Will other readers, not familiar with you or this particular assignment be able to understand what you have written? The writing has no clarity. Incomplete or disjointed ideas. Does not make sense. The writing has little clarity. Thee are some incomplete or disjointed ideas. Some parts of the writing do not make sense. This writing is mostly clear. Thoughts flow sequentially, and are mostly logical. Readers not familiar with this particular assignment would likely come away with some clear ideas of the topic. This writing is clear. Thoughts flow sequentially; they make sense and follow acceptable logic. Readers not familiar with you or this particular assignment are able to understand what is written here.
GRAMMAR, NEATNESS. Your spelling, punctuation and general use of the English language is correct. The writing is legible, presented neatly whether handwritten or computer-generated. Poor grammar, spelling. Cross outs, illegible, sloppy. Inconsistent fonts. Occasional poor grammar and spelling. Some parts of the writing have cross outs or are illegible. Spelling, punctuation and general use of the English language are mostly correct. The writing is legible, presented mostly neatly. Spelling, punctuation and general use of the English language is correct without mistakes. The writing is legible, presented neatly whether handwritten or computer-generated.