The required supplies for this class are a pencils, pens (black, blue or other dark colored pen, preferably not gel), a loose-leaf binder (minimum 2 inch spine) with notebook paper, a calculator, and a bound composition book (no perforated pages on the inside, 9.75” x 7.5” size only).
You will receive a set of objectives for each unit and an assignment calendar, both of which will also be published on my website as well (under the AP Biology of the Lesson Plans tab). If you make below a 75 on an exam, you may raise your grade up to a 75 if you accurately correct your mistakes on the exam. You correct the multiple choice by writing the question, drawing any pertinent figures relating to the question and then completing the question with the correct answer choice. You must provide a complete explanation as to why the correct answer choice is correct or why the other choices are not correct to receive full credit. Unless you receive full credit for the free response question, you must complete all parts even if you received some credit points. Your grade will be raised proportionally relative to the successful correction of the exam. You will have one week to correct the exam. There will be no first semester exam but no one will be exempt. We will use that time for instruction. If you do not qualify for the exemption the second semester, you must be physically present during the exam period during which you will get to assist me in preparing my room for the summer.
Please maintain a neat, orderly binder. I will hand out grade sheets that will be maintained at the front of the binder at all times with the current six weeks grade sheet appearing first. Each unit will have a unit guide behind which you should place the vocabulary exercise, followed by class notes and handouts, followed by graded homework or copies of internet homework. Keep the units in numerical order from I to however many we complete. The binders will be checked on the days of an exam. You will receive +1 point extra credit for a perfect binder, 0 points extra credit for a less than perfect binder and –1 point extra credit for the lack of a recognizable binder. You have 48 hours to correct the lack of a recognizable binder so that the –1 can be changed to a 0. Since these extra credit points are added (or subtracted as the case may be) to your final grade average, let me point out that the –1 will never lower your grade to below 70 nor will it make a grade lower than 70 any lower.
Homework assignments should be turned in at the beginning of the period to the box unless otherwise instructed. If you do not turn in an assignment that is due that day, you must turn in a late slip instead. Write your name and the objective number of the assignment (lab title if it is a lab) on the late slip. Computer homework may be handed turned in late only with special permission. Late work is penalized as described in the student handbook. The last day I will take assignments for a particular unit is the day you take the exam over that unit or the end of the six weeks whichever is sooner.
Each week there will be a person assigned to hand out graded work and other handouts as necessary. This should be done at the beginning of the class period while I am taking roll. This person should always turn in his/her homework first and then check the appropriate class folder for graded homework to be returned. Absent students’ work should be returned to the folders so that it will be available to the student when they return to class.
Most labs will be written up and submitted in the composition books or submitted in a formal typed format. Occasionally labs will be submitted with the results, discussion and conclusion only. The criteria for grading the labs will be outlined in a handout and posted on my website under Projects.
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