Grading

Yup – the unfortunate reality is that, as in your other classes, you have grades in American history class.  Your letter grade is determined by a hodge podge of things you do in and out of class, your test and quiz scores, your homework assignments, preparation and production in class discussions and debates, your unit notebooks, mini-projects, and your progression on the Successful Social Studies Student Rubric. 

Many times, homework assignments will be checked for completion, with a long running total converted into a grade.  At other times, a grade will be assigned, usually for a more in-depth assignment, debate preparation, or major reflections.  All tests and quizzes are graded.

 The following grading scale is used - it shouldn't look very different from  most other classes!

A+

96.5-100

A

92.5-96.5

A-

89.5-92.5

B+

86.5-89.5

B

82.5-86.5

B-

79.5-82.5

C+

76.5-79.5

C

72.5-76.5

C-

69.5-72.5

D+

66.5-69.5

D

62.5-66.5

D-

59.5-62.5

F

yikes

 

Your quarter grade will be determined by a combination of your tests, notebooks, assignments, and mini projects. In addition, the Successful Social Studies Student Rubric will determine 20% of your quarter grade. In order to earn an A+, outside enrichment projects must be completed. It's tough to get an A+ - it means moving beyond what is expected. It's also hard to get an F - it means you don't have a pulse.

Progress Reports will be given out periodically during each quarter, usually after a large assessment and/or notebook evaluation.