Grading Policies and Expectations

EMAIL  I would prefer all assignments be printed out, as I teach on all three campuses and do not always have means to print it out. However, in a pinch, you may need to contact me through my email with an assignment or concerns.  My email address is

TEACHER WEBSITE is a little bit like blackboard. For our purposes, it will be an excellent tool to use if you misplace an assignment and/or are absent and miss an English class.  I will be posting all assignments and handouts to there for you.  The assignments will remain accessible throughout the entire school year.

ENGLISH 12 CREDIT – Fear not, most of you as seniors will get English 12 credit for taking this class! This is great because, instead of having to read Romeo & Juliet or write a paper on why George killed Lenny in the end, you will be reading and writing papers about your CTE area of study!

CTE PORTFOLIO The English Integration portion of your CTE class is an amalgamation of job search, career readiness, and content specific research.  It culminates in the end with a masterwork portfolio that hopefully can help to get you hired. Throughout the year we will complete a variety of assignments for your portfolio.  These assignments may include, but are not limited to:

* Narrative essays (Goal Statement & Self-assessment)

* Article analyses

* Technical Writing

* Resume /Cover letter

* College comparison

* Argumentative essays

* Career Exploration

* Research papers

* Research projects

The portfolio is a valuable asset to you as you move forward to college and/or a job.  It showcases your education and skills and can give you a leading edge.  In the end, TCP aims to help you compile your work into a masterwork portfolio that can make you look valuable to a potential employer and hopefully get you hired. In short, the portfolio is the only one assignment in school that can directly make you money!    $$$

EXTRA CREDIT FOR PORTFOLIO – Over the course of the year, please save all certifications, awards, recommendation letters, proof of participation statements, and anything else that can help you look valuable to a prospective employer. For each one of these objects, you will be awarded an additional 1 point onto your overall final portfolio grade (up to ten points in most classes.)

HOW ENGLISH IS INTEGRATED INTO YOUR GRADE – All English Grades are factored into your CTE program area of study grades. The way it works is everything you do for me counts as 20% of your overall CTE grade. If you do not do anything for English, theoretically, the highest you could get in your CTE class is an 80. This means if you do not expect perfect grades everywhere else, you could easily end up failing your CTE class in the event you blow off English. For the most part, there will be one assignment/grade a week that feeds into the creation of our CTE Portfolio.

MARKING PERIODS – We usually have about 4-6 TCP/written assignments any marking period. Quarterly TCP English Grades are typically comprised of these 4-6 assignments. Each assignment is worth 100 points. Missing one assignment con be very bad for your average.

CLASS TIME   Class time will be spent working together on reading, taking effective notes, practicing vocabulary, learning and using writing strategies, and strengthening your abilities to create accurate citations.   You also will be given time to work individually on your weekly assignments.   My expectation is that you will use this time productively.  I am always available to you for any assistance that you need in understanding or completing an assignment.

SUPPLIES  You will be given a binder to showcase your portfolio work or continue using the binder you began developing in the first year of your course.  Once work is revised and ready for your portfolio, you must place each piece in a plastic sheet protector in the binder.  You will be choosing from these assignments at the end of your senior year to create an organized and employer ready portfolio.  This portfolio is also part of the technical endorsement for your course of study.  It is your responsibility to place all portfolio ready work in your portfolio and keep your portfolio updated.  Do Not Write/Draw/Doodle on your portfolio binder. Your portfolio needs to be neat, clean and professional, as a potential employer could be looking at it one day, looking to possibly hire you.

USB DRIVE    You need to purchase a USB drive that you can save your work to by the end of every class.  This is critically important so that you do not lose any of your completed work.

ASSIGNMENT FORMAT & HEADING    For essays, you can use MS Word or Google docs.  Some assignments will be completed in PowerPoint or Publisher.  Assignments should all be typed in Times Roman, 12 point font.  It is important to use the same font throughout the year to make sure that your portfolio is consistent, so it doesn’t look like a ransom note. Every assignment that you write must have a header and title.  This is the correct format:

 All assignments have a due date.  You will be given more time for longer essays and projects.  You must print assignments and turn them in by the due date.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you are missing, and I do expect you to catch up on work as soon as possible.

LATENESS    Each assignment is subject to a late grade.

PAPER REVISIONS   Most every written assignment is graded using a rubric. All assignments should be revised after they are turned back for extra points. The paper you give to me to read is your rough draft.  Rough drafts will be graded and returned to you with comments and corrections.  Every assignment will receive rough and final draft grades.

After you receive your corrected rough draft back, please make fixes and turn it back in with the rough draft stapled underneath it. Your corrections and revisions give you the opportunity to raise your initial grade.  All final drafts must be turned in with the rough draft to receive the extra points. This allows me to see that you have made all the necessary corrections.

SAMPLE GRADING RUBRICS – Here are some common TCP assignment rubrics:
My Favorite essay rubric
Cover Letter Rubric
Article Analysis rubric
Resume Rubric
Work Sample How To Rubric
Goal Statement Rubric
Essay rubric
Compare Contrast rubric

PLAGIARISM  We do not tolerate plagiarism.  This includes copying work from other students, as well as taking work that you find in a book, article, internet site, etc. and turning it in as your own work.  Any time you use 3 or more words directly from a reading, article, text, etc. without using quotation marks and a citation, you are committing plagiarism.  If you do so, you will receive a 0.

BEHAVIOR    We expect you to follow all school rules including the cell phone policy.  Respect the computer room.  No food or drinks are permitted in the computer lab.  Shut down your computers at the end of each class and push in your chair before leaving.  Pick up after yourselves.  Most importantly, remember that you are working towards a career.  You need to behave in a mature and professional manner in class to prepare for “real world” experiences.  Treat your classmates, teachers and administrators with respect.

TIMELINE – Here is a timeline that could act as map of where things will go in the future, in Mr. Bevan’s class:    Curriculum and Timeline

Idiots Guide to TCP Integrated English

TCP Menu Of Assignments

FINAL PORTFOLIO GRADING BREAKDOWN – Here is grading information on your final portfolio – Final Portfolio Scoring Rubric.

  • Posted on 8. January 2014