Scores & Grades

Last updated 9/30/19  12:14 PM

Total Score 4

Use this table to determine the total possible scores for each activity.

You’ll be writing five major papers this semester. See the table above. Each of the first four will involve five different graded activities: discussions and quizzes (to test your grasp of the required readings and videos), a review draft (RD), reviews of classmates’ RDs, and a final draft (FD).

Quizzes can be taken repeatedly until the deadline. Only your highest scores will be recorded. Once the deadline is past, quizzes cannot be made up. No exceptions are allowed. (If you registered late and missed a quiz, you won’t be able to make it up.) Thus, I’d suggest taking quizzes before the deadline in anticipation of any problems in your personal life or in the quizzes. If there’s an error in the quiz, notify me ( immediately so that I can make corrections before the deadline. In the online learning class, attempting to change a quiz due date creates a whole new set of problems. To make up lost points, explore the opportunities to earn bonus points. These have conditions, so be sure to read the guidelines carefully.

Discussions will be scored on timely completion and quality of comment. For the maximum scores, respond to the prompt and don’t simply repeat what others have said. The best comments are insightful. In some of the papers, you’ll be asked to include one or more discussion quotes from classmates.

Use this table to convert your total score to a course grade.


I’ll be evaluating your FDs holistically on the basis of content and form. Content refers to meeting all the assignment criteria. Form refers to mechanics and formatting conventions, including MLA and blogging requirements.

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Use this table to convert your FD score to a letter grade.

Comments in Hawaiian on Your Final Drafts (FDs)

Attending classes at a Hawaii community college is special. The aloha, the feeling of ‘ohana (family), among students, faculty, staff, and administrators is unique and an invaluable part of your higher education experience. To highlight this uniqueness, I’ll be using a few Hawaiian words and phrases in my comments on your FDs. Mahalo to David Nawa’a Napoleon, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Kapiʻolani Community College, for the Hawaiian vocabulary.

1. Excellent! Hawaiian: Keu a ka maikaʻi
These papers are in the A range.

2. Very good. Hawaiian: Maikaʻi loa
These papers are in the B range.

3. Good. Hawaiian: Maikaʻi
These papers are in the C range.

4. Need to work harder. Hawaiian: E hoʻāʻo hou!
“Basically, this means to ‘try again.’ However, the word hoʻāʻo (try) is two separate words put together. Hoʻo – (to cause) & Aʻo (to learn/teach). So, basically, it is saying ’cause yourself to learn again'” (David Nawa’a Napoleon).

5. Exemplary! Hawaiian: Kīnāʻole
These papers are better than excellent. Superior. They are “exemplary,” publishable in a course journal as models or examples for current and future students.

6. To confirm that you’ve read this document, email me at by the deadline for the RD1. The subject header must include the word “grade.” This test is for our first paper only.


Bonus Points (Photos/Videos)

In your review draft (RD) and final draft (FD), include one or more photos that you’ve taken (5 pts) or a short video (at least 50 seconds in length and no longer than 3 minutes) that you’ve made (10 pts) that clearly supports an important point in your paper. An animated GIF will count as a video. Be sure to list your name, as the person who took it, and the date taken in the caption or byline. A photo or video that you appear in is fine, but be sure to list the person who took it as the photographer or videographer. The photo or video must appear in both drafts at the time of submission to earn the 5 or 10 points.

The bonus will be added to the FD only. The total bonus you can earn for each paper (RD+FD) is 5 or 10 points. Each photo must include a caption with a byline (“Photo by Xxx”) and date taken.

Each video must also include a title page or page with opening credits with your byline and date of creation, and it must be uploaded to YouTube for UNLISTED or PUBLIC access from the publication date of your RD (or FD for our final paper) until the official end of the semester. (Watch the sample video.) UNLISTED means it won’t come up in search results or on your YouTube channel. This YouTube service is free. If others posing in the photo/video are identifiable, be sure to get their permission to use their image. If the others are strangers who just happened to be in the area during the shooting and if the area was public, their permission usually isn’t required.

This bonus is optional and applies to each of the five papers we’re writing this semester. Each photo or video is eligible for this bonus only once. Caution: Do not include photos or videos that you consider private or feel uncomfortable sharing with others. Also, do not include photos or videos that could possibly impact your (or your subjects’) current or future relationships, employment, or safety.

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