Extra Credit Assignments For Language Arts

Added October 24, 2012

We have recently spent time reading a number of essays with the theme "What It Feels Like To..."  Some of the authors wrote about what it feels like to be attacked by a grizzly bear, be struck by lightning, be in a tornado, etc.  These essays were both narrative (a real story) and very descriptive with sensory details.

As extra credit, students may write their own "What It Feels Like To..." essay.  I am not assigning an arbitrary length; however, it should be understood that the essay should reflect that thought and effort were put into it.  Certainly, any narrative and descriptive essay should be more than one or two paragraphs.

The due date for this extra credit opportunity is Monday, October 29.


February 8

Students may memorize and recite to me the Walt Whitman poem "O Captain! My Captain!" for extra credit.  The due date for this is February 15 for my current students.

January 17

Students may earn extra credit by completing some (or all) of the following logic/reasoning activities.  Extra points will be added to assignments related to the topics below. 
These extra credit opportunities are geared toward giving students extra practice with some of these concepts. 
Be sure to review concepts before working on the extra credit.  Resources for review are listed below the links to the extra credit opportunities.
The deadline to submit this extra credit is Monday, February 6.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Faulty Reasoning
(A review is provided within the extra credit opportunity itself.)

August 8

This week's extra credit opportunity is a vocabulary word search review.  Complete and turn it in for extra points on Thursday, August 11's vocabulary test.  You must turn in the assignment by Thursday in order to receive the extra credit.

May 16
An in-class extra credit opportunity is available.  We are in the process of watching the movie version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, which classes 1, 2, and 5 read.

Students in classes 1, 2, and 5 may complete a Venn diagram comparing the movie version of The Hound of the Baskervilles with the novel version of the story for extra credit, due on Wednesday, May 18, when wemost likely will finish the movie.

Students in classes 3, 4, and 6 who have not read the book have a viewing guide for The Hound of the Baskervilles to complete for extra credit.

March 28
Students may earn five points of extra credit on their novel newspaper mini project by turning in the rough drafts of their newspaper articles with their novel newspapers. This is due Friday, April 1.  Just a reminder: the newspaper counts as a test grade.

February 8
Students may earn extra credit by completing some (or all) of the following logic/reasoning activities.  Extra points will be added to assignments/quizzes related to the topics below. 
These extra credit opportunities are geared toward giving students extra practice with some of these concepts. 
Be sure to review concepts before working on the extra credit.  Resources for review are listed below the links to the extra credit opportunities.
The deadline to submit this extra credit is Tuesday, February 15.
EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: Faulty Reasoning
(A review is provided within the extra credit opportunity itself.)
November 30

Student may earn extra credit on their projects if they turn in the completed project by Friday, December 10, rather than waiting until the due date of Tuesday, December 14.


November 18

Students may complete this review puzzle for extra credit.  It focuses on the vocabulary words related to WWII and the Holocaust.  Bring me your completed puzzle no later than Tuesday, November 23, which is the same day students are taking the vocabulary quiz.


November 13
Go to this list of links.  Complete at least two of the short online quizzes related to inference, main ideas, supporting details, or transition words.  Print off the results screen that appears after you've completed the quiz and bring it to me by Wednesday, November 17.
This week's extra credit is a crossword puzzle that reviews the nonfiction notes we had in class today.  You must turn in the assignment by Wednesday, October 20, to receive the extra credit.  Our quiz over the nonfiction notes will be that day, as well.

This week's extra credit opportunity is a vocabulary crossword puzzle with the vocabulary words from the Sherlock Holmes mystery, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band".  You must turn in the assignment by Tuesday, September 28, to receive the extra credit. Our test will be on that day, as well.

August 31

This week's extra credit opportunity is a bit different. We have been reading the story "Flowers for Algernon."  For extra credit, students may write an essay on the following topic:

After reading "Flowers for Algernon," do you think Charlie made the right decision to have the operation that tripled his intelligence?  Why or why not?  Use details from the story to back up your answer.

Remember, in an essay, there should be an introduction, body, and conclusion.You may choose to type or handwrite your essay.  If you handwrite your response, please leave a blank line between each written line.  In other words, you write on a line, then skip a line, write on a line, then skip a line...

This extra credit opportunity is due on Friday.  A possibility of 10 extra points will be placed on the "Flowers for Algernon" final test, which will also be Friday.

August 23

This week's extra credit opportunity is a vocabulary word search review.  Complete and turn it in for extra points on Friday, August 27's vocabulary test.  You must turn in the assignment by Friday in order to receive the extra credit.

August 9

This week's extra credit opportunity is a vocabulary review puzzle. Complete and turn it in for extra points on Friday, August 13's vocabulary test.  You must turn in the assignment by Friday in order to receive the extra credit.

August 3

Your first extra credit opportunity is a vocabulary review puzzle.  Complete and turn in for extra points on your first vocabulary test, which is scheduled for Friday, August 6.  You must turn in the assignment by Friday, August 6, in order to receive the extra credit.   Have fun!


i teach 6th, and this is my extra credit policy:

i will not give you extra credit immediately after a progress report and you see that your grade it bad

i will not give you extra credit immediately before report cards when you worry that your grade will be bad

i will not offer you extra credit because your parents ask me for it

i WILL...give a bonus spelling word each week; try to include challenging extra credit questions on quizzes and tests; offer at least 1 extra credit opportunity (above and beyond, extension, do at home, on your own time, takes some attention, energy, and time!) for each subject at least once a quarter. (i also have a couple year-long extra credit opportunities: language--find a printed grammar/mechanics error and bring it in and tell me how it needs to be fixed; social studies--check the nation section of the newspaper to find stories about Western Hemisphere countries (besides US), bring them in, and summarize them)

if you want a good grade in my class, you should...
pay attention during lessons
stay organized
actively study
do extra credit when offerred, even if it's not needed for a good grade
turn quality work in on time (i take 25% off for 1 day late, after that=0)
redo any assignment (not quiz or test) for an averaged grade
need help? come to study hall before or after school or ask for help during a recess

i go over these policies with my students at the beginning of the year---AND WITH PARENTS; they know not to ask for extra credit.

i offerred extra credit in language, social studies, and reading 2 weeks ago--everyone got a copy; everyone's parents got a reminder in monday folders...how many bothered to do it? 2 kids did reading; 2 other kids did social studies. (many more should have!) oh well, at least i can say i offerred it!

BTW--i don't tell students how much extra credit is worth-- i leave it open-ended, that way if a student does some real spectacular work, i can give more points. the point value is never anywhere near an entire assignment's grade--but it can soften the blow of a C or D grade!

 
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