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
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!
Independent reading is not mandatory. You may earn extra credit in reading class.
- Provide enough detail so that it is clear you read the book. Do not give away important information or the ending.
- Include the title and author, the total page length, the genre, and the copyright.
- Include your name on the project and the date you completed it.
- Written responses should be about 200 words.
- Visual responses should look like you put effort, thought, and time into the project.
Character Based Projects:
-Write a letter to the main character and then the character's reply to you.
-Pretend you are a talk show host and write interview questions for the main character. Include the character’s responses.
-Choose two characters from the story and write a conversation they might have ten years later.
-Describe three characters from the story using a Venn diagram. Include reasons why you would or wouldn't want to get to know these people.
Plot Based Projects
-Write a different ending for the book.
-Create a book jacket, including illustrations, an enticing synopsis, author bio, and favorable reviews.
-Summarize the book into a comic aimed for younger students or your classmates.
-Write a news article about an important event from the book.
Setting Based Projects
-Create a travel brochure for the setting(s) of the story.
-Create a map of the setting.
Language & Arts Based Projects
-Make a list of 15 new, unusual, or interesting words or phrases found in your book.
-Discuss one particular episode in the story that you remember most. Describe why you think it remains so clear to you.
-Write a ballad or song about the characters and events in your story. Set the words to the music of a popular song.
-Design a poster or new book cover depicting the climax of the story.
-Write an acrostic poem about the book using the letters in the title of the book or the name of a character or author.
Author Based Projects
-Write a letter to the author of your book to explain why you think this book will or will not be read 100 years from now.
-If you read more than one book by the same author, write a letter to explain why you liked/ didn’t like the this book over the other title.