Burlington High School
Reading Writing Lab
I. Course Description
This course provides students with support in reading strategies and writing skills. Students may bring assignments from other classes and/or receive additional instructional help from an English teacher. Since each class member will be working at his/her own writing level, this class is appropriate for students who need and will make use of specific individual support. It is strongly recommended for students who seek additional help with the MCAS or PARCC tests required by the state. This course can also be used as a supplement to our AP courses. Beyond the students enrolled in this course, the lab will be available to walk-in requests for help with essay writing or reading comprehension, although preference will go to the enrolled students.
II. Successful LearningIn order to be successful in this course, students must
III. Student Learning Expectations
Students will engage in:
IV. Expected Outcomes
At the completion of this course, successful students will
VI. Assessing Progress
Students will be graded in the following manner:
1. Daily Participation Grade……...……...…..50%
2. Weekly Reading/Writing Lab Journal….....25%
3. Quarterly Portfolio……………..………….25%
Please note that this grading policy is subject to change.
1. Daily Participation
The daily participation grade will be based on the effort the student puts forward in his/her work.
Daily Participation Rubric
A = The student arrives prepared and works productively for the entire class period. He/she effectively uses teacher suggestions to improve his/her skills. He/she is self-motivated and proactively works to identify his/her weaknesses and improve in those areas.
B = The student arrives prepared and works productively for the entire class period. He/she effectively uses teacher suggestions to improve his/her skills.
C = The student works productively for most of the class period, but may need a reminder to get back on task and may not put forth his/her full effort.
D = The student does not put forth his/her full effort and/or requires more than two reminders to get back on task during a class period.
F = The student requires more than three reminders to get back on task during a class period; OR the student is playing games or texting; OR the student distracts others; OR the student is disrespectful toward the teacher.
2. Weekly Reading/Writing Lab Journal
Students will complete a Reading/Writing Lab Journal. This journal will be in the form of a Google document that is shared with the teacher. Each entry should be at least one full paragraph, or a minimum of 8 complete sentences, long. Journal entries should be reflective writing with examples and thoughtful discussion. Journals will be graded on the quality and depth of responses. Students will complete one entry per week, and each entry will be graded individually.
Each entry should describe:
3. Quarterly Portfolio
The portfolio will be graded once per quarter and is worth 25% of the class grade. Students are responsible for adding to their portfolios every week. A complete portfolio will include the following artifacts:
1. Daily Log
2. All reading strategy materials.
3. All writing assignments worked on during lab time, including those for other classes, annotated to indicate use of writing strategies and skills.
4. Multiple drafts are permissible and encouraged as long as edits reflect change and growth.
5. A two page double spaced reflection on the student’s growth as a reader and writer.
6. All artifacts in the portfolio must be organized in chronological order. All materials must be neat and professionally presented.
VII. Classroom Expectations
The rules in the student handbook apply.
VIII. Make-up Policy:
Attendance is crucial to success and frequent absences, dismissals or tardiness may hurt a student’s grade. Students must take responsibility for asking about missed assignments and make-up should be attended to promptly. Eight or more unexcused absences in one quarter will result in an F.
If a student arrives late to school, any work due that day must be turned in by the end of the day to receive full credit. If a student is dismissed early or leaves for a field trip, he/she must turn in any work that is due before he/she leaves.
IX. Additional Information
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