English 12 Assignment and Test Expectations
English 12 is a course designed to develop and strengthen oral and written communication skills. This course is also intended to prepare students for the provincial exam and subsequently, post-secondary education. There are certain expectations for responses for grade 12 level writing. They are as follows.
1. Responses on tests, quizzes and assignments must provide the reader with complete details. Avoid the ambiguous use of pronouns. Do not start sentences for example with a pronoun; always use its referent first. The best way to ensure you have given complete details is to assume the reader has no previous knowledge of the work you are discussing in your responses.
2. Responses are to be written in complete sentences. Sentences start with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark. Sentences have a subject and predicate, and express a complete thought. Watch out for awkward sentences, run-on sentences, or sentence fragments.
3. Responses answer the question asked. Underline key words in the questions such as "compare", "contrast", justify" or "criticize". This way you will be certain as to how to respond to the questions.
4. Responses follow directions. If you are directed to list, you must list. If you are directed to respond in a paragraph you must do so. Following directions is part of the mark you will be given. You will not be marked for doing your own thing.
5. Consider the point value of the question on tests. A question worth four points merits an answer longer than a question worth one mark.
6. Responses should show effort and maturity of a grade 12 student. Short answers such as "Yes, he does", are unacceptable. Always give proof and support to your responses.
7. Answers should be relatively free of mechanical errors such as spelling, grammar or punctuation. You will be marked and corrected on mechanics, as mechanics is an essential part of written communication. You are not expected to be perfect, no one is. Try your best. This may mean using a dictionary, or spell/grammar check on the computer.
8. Please do not take corrections as negative criticism. A writer's awareness of errors is the first step to becoming a better writer.
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