5.3 Submissions and Late Work
By default, late assignments automatically lose one letter grade if they are not submitted on time, and another letter grade for each additional day late (counting weekends as one day). This means that no assignment will earn any credit if it is more than four days late, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Deadlines for the submission of turnitin.com assignments are typically 10 minutes before class starts. I do this simply to discourage you from being late to class because you are still working on your homework. It also permits me to scan the assignments briefly before class begins. If your online submission is late by a few minutes, but you are still on time to class, your paper won't lose the late points.
In-class writing assignments and on-line exercises are usually time-sensitive, since they are designed to capture your thoughts and feelings at a particular moment in time, so I can assess your understanding. are not easily replaceable. My policy is to offer no make-up assignments for in-class or on-line activities. (In rare cases, I may accept a make-up task for half credit.)
Perspective on Missing Routine Assignments and Activities
Because we have so little time together in EL200, each in-class activity is important. However, getting a zero for any one missed activity will have very little direct affect on your final grade, assuming your participation otherwise remains strong.
What happens if you fall out of the habit of preparing for and completing the routine work (reading assigned texts, writing informal reflections on them, and in-class analysis and interpretation tasks)?
- They are all designed to work together, building on the skills you develop each week.
- If you do miss the deadline for one of these routine assignments, I suggest you do the work anyway, so that you get the practice the assignment was supposed to provide (even though that won't erase the zero). Overall, your average will recover quickly.
- Just be sure to do a little more participation (online
or in person), so I'll have a good reason to bump your grade up if your
final score falls near a borderline.
Make-up/Extra Credit Assignments
I do not have a policy of inventing make-up or extra-credit assignments to enable you to pull your grade up in the last few weeks of the term; however, at any time during the course, you may demonstrate your willingness to work hard for your grade by doing more than the required amount of work on your in-class or online assignments. (You can call my attention to this extra work when you submit your next lab report portfolio.)