children and culture 560 syllabus

Grading the tas jd and tanya are the graders for this

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Grading: The TAs, J.D. and Tanya, are the graders for this class. I have worked closely with them to develop standards for evaluation that are shared between all three of us. Additionally, with each paper and test, we meet to establish fairness and consistency between the grades for each section. Please know that even though this is a large class, your grades are given a great deal of thought. If you have a question or concern about your grade, please contact J.D. or Tanya first for clarification and/or suggestions on how to improve. Here is the general rubric that we will use to assign grades on the close reading assignment, evidence exam, and final paper. I will discuss expectations for the final exam and for the discussion board in class. A You did what the assignment asked for at a high quality level, and your work shows originality and creativity. Work in this range shows all the qualities listed below for a B, but it also demonstrates that you took extra steps to be original or creative in developing content, solving a problem, or developing a style. Since careful editing and proofreading are essential in writing, papers in the A range must be free of typos and grammatical or mechanical errors (papers with more than one or two errors can still receive an A, but it will be harder than if your paper was error-free).
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B You did what the assignment asked of you at a high quality level. Work in this range needs revision; however it is complete in content, is organized well, and shows special attention to style. C You did what the assignment asked of you. Work in this range needs significant revision, but it is complete in content and the organization is logical. The style is straightforward but unremarkable. D You did what the assignment asked of you at a poor quality level. Work in this range needs significant revision. The content is often incomplete and the organization is hard to discern. Attention to style is often nonexistent or chaotic. E An E is usually reserved for people who don’t do the work or don’t come to class. However, if your work is shoddy and shows little understanding of the needs of the assignment, you will receive a failing grade. Course Policies: Cell Phones, Laptops, and Snoozing: Cell phones, beepers, and pagers must be turned off when class begins. Laptops and other internet devices are not allowed (I may make an exception if you use your laptop only for note-taking, but you will need to clear this with me first—most likely I will require you to forward your detailed notes to me or one of the other instructors after each class.) Violation of the laptop policy will cause you to be counted absent for the day. Sleeping will also result in an unexcused absence (if you are laying your head down on the desk, we will assume you are sleeping). As these activities are already extremely disruptive, we will not wake you up or force you to close your computer, but will simply mark you absent for the day. It is your responsibility to stay alert and engaged, and to keep track of any absences you may incur.
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