Ms. Hargraves’ English 9 Class

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Thursday, March 6 March 6, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 4:02 pm

Today students formed literacy circles and selected books.  They then worked together to set and record goals on their course calendars.  Finally, the groups began reading their books.  Most made considerable progress and seemed to have a good time.

I showed students their nine-weeks test grades today.  After I curved the tests scores, the average score was a C (79).  After the curve, the highest score was a 93; the lowest score was a 58. 

I know that many students are concerned because they did not score an A on the nine-weeks tests.  Please remember that this is an Honors course, and that Honors courses are more challenging than courses offered in middle school.  Grades in Honors courses are weighted, so a B in my class carries the same weight as an A when your GPA is calculated. 

Lots of students made A’s for the nine-weeks, which is wonderful, but students who made B’s and C’s should not beat themselves up.  Give yourself some credit!  If you tried your best but you still made a B or C for the nine-weeks, you should not feel bad.  You need to be realistic…because a B or C in an Honors course is not a bad grade by any means.                    


2 Responses to “Thursday, March 6”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I hope everything is going well for you. It has been a beautiful day. I am trying to understand the assignment for the essay
    “Why me, Why not”. Leigh and I been discussing possiblities but the title seems so vague and she is unsure exacting what you are looking for. If her essay does not meet your expectations please let me know so I will have a better understanding as well.
    Lisa Johnson

  2. hargraves Says:

    Hi Mrs. Johnson! The speech is for a contest–there were very few guidelines for this speech. The topic is “Why me? Why not!” The speech length is four to five minutes long. (These were the only guidelines we were given.) This is a very open-ended assignment, and I am looking forward to seeing what the students come up with. I will be basing students’ grades upon effort and participation (if a student tries and follow the guidelines, he or she can make a good grade–a 100). This assignment gets students thinking and gives them some additional writing and speaking experience. We also need a student to represent our school in the Goldsboro Optimist Club speech contest. This is an excellent opportunity for all of our students. I hope this answers your question.

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