Honors Chemistry Grading Policy Mr. Rogers Grading: Each semester will consists of test, quizzes, lab reports, homework, classwork, and individual/group projects. Your grade will be tabulated based on a total points system. This means that every assignment given is worth a set amount of points. To determine your grade I will take the total amount of points you have earned over the course of the semester and divide it by the total number of possible points. This system is very straightforward and will let you always know what your grade is in my class. The following table shows a working example of this system: Assignment Ions Worksheet Quiz: polyatomic Ions Lab Report: Cations & Anions HW: Ion questions Test: All about Ions Earned Points 15 24 46 Possible Points 20 30 50 8 98 10 112 191/222 = 86% B NOTE: The total amount of points possible each marking period will vary. Assignment Types: Tests: Test will be assigned at the end of every major chapter/unit that we cover in class. Tests will consist of problem solving questions, short answers, and open ended responses. (I’m not a big fan of multiple choice. Sorry!) For tests you will be provided with a periodic table of the elements which you can use as a resource throughout the test. Each test will be announced at least 4 school days prior to when it is given. Tests will always be worth at least 75 points, and will be based on the amount of information covered in the chapter. Chemistry by nature is a cumulative science, always building on what we have covered earlier in the year, and therefore this means that the majority of our tests will be cumulative in nature as well. By the end of the semester they will account for about 25-35% of the total grade. Quizzes: There will be both announced and unannounced quizzes. Some will let you use your (only your) class notes, others will allow you only the use of the periodic table. A quiz will be worth a minimal of 15 points, and a maximum of 50 points. By the end of the semester the quizzes will account for about 5-10% of the total grade Lab Reports: There are two types of lab reports you will do for this class. The first, and easier type, requires you to fill out a lab data sheet during the lab and answer questions that will help guide you through what you should have learned from the lab. The second type of lab report you will do in our class is a formal lab write-up in which you will hand in a typed lab report summarizing all data and things you have learned. We will go over exactly how to write up a formal lab and what is expected of you before the first lab is assigned. For the most part lab reports will be due before the next lab day. The majority of labs we do in Honors Chemistry are inquiry based labs. This means that you will be doing the lab to discover, learn, experience something on your own and there may not be explicit directions on how to carry out the lab or that there may be questions that go with the lab that require you to think about topics we have talked about, research on your own, and apply multiple concepts at one time. By the end of the semester labs will account for about 35-40% of the grade. This means that this category is the one that has the most influence on your grade. Homework: Homework will be worth between 5-25 points (based on difficulty and length of assignment) and will be collected on the day specified by me. Homework is graded on whether or not it has been completed NOT whether the answers are correct or not, because of this policy NO LATE HOMEOWRK will be given credit. Homework for the week will be posted on my schoolwires website but remember whatever is said in class always takes precedent. Homework will account for about 10-15% of the grade by the end of the semester. Activities: Throughout the course of the semester we will be doing activities in class to help reinforce topics/ideas or introduce you to new facets of chemistry. The directions, point values, and due dates for these items will vary based on what they are but for the most part you can think of these assignments as mini labs, where we take part of the day to investigate new topics. Due dates will always be posted on schoolwires, and be reiterated in class by myself. By the end of the semester these activities will account for about 10-20% of your final grade. Individual/Group Projects: From time to time we will engage in independent or group projects both in class and on your own time. These projects will have varying point values and directions which will be discussed as they come along. You will always be given a handout on the project with due date and with a rubric attached on how you will be graded. Extra Credit: The ONLY guaranteed extra credit I give will be one 2 point bonus question on each test or formal quiz you take in my class. Please do not ask for extra credit assignments, just assume there will never be any. Late work: As stated above NO Late Homework will be accepted but I will still be happy to go over it with you to help you understand the material. Late classwork will follow the same policy as homework. . All other late assignments (other than homework) will lose 10% of the total points each day until the 5th day, after the 5th day a grade of “0” will be entered. Absent: If you are absent you will have as many days as you were absent to make up the work. That is if you are absent for three days, you will have three days to make up the missing work. After that the late work policy will be employed. Missed tests or quizzes MUST, MUST, MUST be made up within this time. (In the above example a missed test or quiz must be made up within three days.) If the test/quiz is not made up in this time a grade of “0” will be entered. Final Grade: Your final grade will be tabulated using the current school approved system which takes into account your 2 semester grades and your final exam grade.