Extra Credit Policy


Grandchildren on the Cliff-dwellers tour at Mesa Verde.
Extra Credit Policy

These are general guidelines for extra credit in Mr. Day’s Courses. First of all, extra credit should be done in addition to your other assignments. It is not really intended to “save your grade” due to a student’s neglect in doing regular assignments. Therefore if a student is not doing their regular assignments they will not likely be allowed to do any extra credit. Second, I probably will not let a student do any extra credit the last week of a quarter. Extra credit projects need to be completed and turned in at least one week before the quarter ends. Finally, there is a limit to how much extra credit a student can do. Each project may be worth different points depending on the quality of the project, but students may not be allowed to earn more than two steps up in their grade. For example, the best one could do would be to go from, say, C- to C+.
Here are some ideas for extra credit:
1. Research Papers. Pick a topic relevant to what we are studying, get it approved by Mr. Day, then do the paper.

a. Research papers should be 3-5 pages in length.
b. Typed in proper research format.
c. Must include several sources.

2. Oral Reports to the class.

a. In this type of project you would study some topic and make a oral presentation to the class. Oral reports should be at least 5 minutes in length.

3. Read a book. A student may choose to read a book on a topic of interest for extra credit. I prefer students to pick a book from my extra credit book reading list. See the Book Reading list area.

a. All books read should be relevant to the course and approved of by Mr. Day.

4. Reports (either oral or written) on watching some kind of Documentary or educational video. Oral reports will be at least 5 minutes and written reports must be at least 2 pages.

5. Family History Research. Do research on your family tree and history. Mr. Day has some handouts to help you do this one.

6. A student designed project. Maybe you have an idea of something you would like to try, like make a history/culture video, documentary, You Tube, etc. If you have a project you would like to do as an individual or with a team, write up a brief description and turn in your proposal to Mr. Day for approval.

7. Memorization projects: memorize nations, natural features, presidents, state capitals, etc.

If you have any questions on the specifics of how to do a particular extra credit project I will answer your questions.

Contact: Patrick Day