Welcome to Business and Technical Writing!
Course Description: This course will focus on career-oriented writing. Students will learn how to write business letters, memos, résumés, cover letters, and other business-related writing. Focus will be on professional presentation, content, and etiquette in professional writing.
I expect students to:
Students can expect me to:
If a student or parent has a concern that these expectations are not being met, arrangements will be made to meet outside of class time to discuss strategies and solutions. If students and I cannot agree on a successful strategy, parents and/or administration will be involved.
Course grades will be calculated according to the school’s uniform grading scale:
100-94% A 89-87% B+ 79-77% C+ 69-67% D+ 59-0% F
93-90% A- 86-84% B 76-74% C 66-64% D
83-80% B- 73-70% C- 63-60% D-
Grading for Learning
This course will follow HHS expectations for grading. As stated in the student handbook:
– Students may not have an F during any grade check throughout the school year (this includes homeroom).
– Grades will be checked 4 times a quarter (Week 3, 5, 7, and end of quarter)
– Grade checks will occur at the end of the school week.
– Students deemed ineligible will miss the following Monday-Sunday.
– Students ineligible at the end of 4th quarter will miss the first week of contests in the fall.
|Due Date||Maximum Percentage Assigned|
|Formative/Summative Assessments—On Time||100%|
|Formative Assessments—After due date, prior to chapter/summative assessments||90%|
|Formative Assessments—No more than five school days after the chapter/summative assessment.||50%|
|Summative Assessment—Turned in within five school days of due date.||90%|
|Summative Assessment—Turned in five or more days after the due date and prior to the end of the quarter.||50%|
Retakes will cover the same content, but in a different format.
Students will have five calendar days to take the retake and must have all assessments completed and turned in.
Teachers may elect to give only part of the summative assessment as a retake.
The score a student receives on the retake is the score on the summative assessment entered in JMC.
Cheating will absolutely not be tolerated in my classroom. This includes copying from another student, the internet, or a published source without giving proper credit. As stated in the HHS student handbook, “Academic dishonesty will be handled in accordance with ISD#203 Policy 506 (Student Discipline). Students in violation of this policy will have five school (5) days from the incident to complete an alternate assessment. If a student fails to complete the alternate assessment a grade of zero will be recorded. The time and location of the alternate assessment will be set by the classroom teacher. Any student with a documented incident of academic dishonesty during the quarter will be ineligible for the honor roll. All documented incidents of academic dishonesty will be considered a violation of ISD#203 Policy 534 (Student Code of Responsibilities).”
Major Assignments (subject to change):
Thank you Letter
Quill.org Assignments and tests
Students will be producing at least 10 pages of polished writing throughout the course of the semester. This is a universal expectation for all high school writing classes at HHS.