To earn an A

​Complete 4 major projects to satisfaction.

 

Miss no more than 3* of the following 

  • Peer workshop

  • Teacher conference

  • Reading Responses

 

Submit at least 90% of all QOTDs.

 

Have no more than 3 unexcused absences 

To earn a B

​Complete 4 major projects to satisfaction.

 

Miss no more than 4 of the following 

  • Peer workshop

  • Teacher conference

  • Reading Responses

 

Submit at least 80% of all QOTDs.

 

Have no more than unexcused absences 

To earn a C

​Complete major projects to satisfaction.

 

Miss no more than 5 of the following 

  • Peer workshop

  • Teacher conference

  • Reading Responses

 

Submit at least 70% of all QOTDs.

 

Have no more than unexcused absences 

To earn a D

​Complete major projects to satisfaction.

 

Miss no more than 6 of the following 

  • Peer workshop

  • Teacher conference

  • Reading Responses

 

Submit at least 60% of all QOTDs.

 

Have no more than 6 unexcused absences 

To earn an F

Any of the following:

Complete less than 3 major projects to satisfaction 

 

Complete less than 50% of the reading responses  

 

Submit less than 50% of the QOTDs

 

Have 6 or more unexcused absences 

Notes

* Indicates a change from the start of the semester 

  • How do I earn a particular grade? Simply complete the tasks listed in that grade column! For instance, if you want an A in the course, you should complete the assignments listed under the “If you want an A” column. As we work through the semester, I will highlight what you’ve completed on a personalized version of the matrix, to chart where you stand in the course.  

  • What if my work ends up being spread across two columns? If, for example, you complete some of the tasks in the “A” column and some in the “B” column, you will earn a plus or a minus in the course, depending on how many tasks you have completed in each column. More tasks completed in the A column and a few in the B column will mean an A-, while more tasks completed in the B column and a few in the A column will mean a B+. 

  • How do I know if I’m passing each paper? We’ll work together to generate a rubric for each assignment. But generally speaking, you can count on passing if you submit each paper in the spirit they’re asked for. A couple of examples: If the paper requires four pages, yours is about four pages, not half a page. If the paper requires five sources, you have five appropriate sources for the assignment, consistently cited.

 

  • What if I don’t pass a paper? Don’t panic! I will give you feedback, and you may revise it for full credit. 

  • Late work: I will not be taking late work. However, if you feel as if you cannot get an assignment in on time you are more than welcome to ask for an extension. That being said, if you do not communicate with me, I will assume that you plan on turning it on time.

 

  • How will this look on Blackboard? I believe this method of grading is fairer, less stressful, and more transparent. Unfortunately, Blackboard doesn’t allow for this rubric to be implemented, so you will see your assignments graded as either a 1 or 0. 1 for completion, 0 for missing. To see where you stand overall, consult the matrix above.