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Extra Credit Information

Extra credit is a great way of making up for a low test score or a missing assignment here and there. (We are all busy--and human--and make mistakes once in a while, and I believe you should have the chance to make up for your mistakes in my class if the behavior is not a habit.) Extra credit should not be considered a substitution for doing your regular work, however.

The following assignments are intended to complement the course, not a substitution for it. Learning how to work hard and keep up in class is an important part of your education as it is a necessary skill you will need for life, not just for my class. Falling behind and trying to make up for it with a bunch of extra credit at the last minute is discouraged, and may affect your Work Habits mark on your report card. Please note that all late work and extra credit is due the last Friday before each 5-week marking period and is posted on the board in my classroom. No exceptions will be made, so note these dates in your planner or calendar. You may submit any of the following extra credit, but please note that extra credit points max out for each semester at 30 points.

Extra Credit Opportunities: 

1. Extra Credit Movie Reviews - (For guidelines, follow the Extra Credit Movie Review rubric.) Please see the link on my homepage of the list of acceptable movies to review. Any documentary is great, too. Additionally, if you see a movie in a theater or know of one that might be applicable that is not on my list, run it by me before you write your review. You may do 8 reviews, two during each 5 week grading period. They are each worth up to 5 points, but 5 points will not be rewarded unless you have done a great job summarizing the plot AND critiquing the movie itself (not the subject matter of the movie). For example, if you were to watch An Inconvenient Truth, you would need to summarize the plot completely and then evaluate the movie in terms of length, direction style, imagery, music, effectiveness, etc. (Consult websites such as, LA Times, NY Times, etc., to see how movie reviews are done, and please do not plagiarize.) I do not want a paragraph about your views on global warming as a critique of a movie about global warming; review the movie itself instead. A parent signature is also required indicating to me that you actually watched the movie and wrote the review yourself. 

2. Community events/Museums
-various museum exhibits/community events; check with me to find out if a particular exhibit is eligible (Almost any museum and/or museum even will do; just email me to verify at Write a review of your experience following the Movie Review Rubric.

-Ice skating indoor or outdoors (receipt and parent note needed, no review necessary!)

3. Annenberg Space for Photography Century City, CA (parking is free) Current show. Visit, get a signed program (by someone who works there), and write a two-paragraphy review (see movie review rubric) for up to 10pts of extra credit. Your review must also have a parent signature verifying that you attended.  

4. Regional Ethnic Food (World Geography ONLY)
You may eat one meal of ETHNIC food from each region of study for 5 points of extra credit. Please bring in a parent-signed receipt from a restaurant with your name and period written on it. (No American/chain fast food allowed such as Taco Bell or Panda Express.) You may also bring a parent-signed note and a picture of food that you prepare at home. All Extra Credit is due the Friday before each marking period to be counted for that grading period. Actual dates will be given in class.

5. Fact-Checking Extra Credit (based on class discussions)
Questions that arise during class are often assigned as extra credit opportunities for students, but they must be announced by me. You are limited to 30 extra credit points for this activity. However, you can only get 9 points (or answer 3 questions accurately) per grading period. In order to get extra credit, you must follow do the following:


a. Write out (or type) the question at the top of the page.  (Please save paper; if you are submitting more than one at a time, please put them all on one page.)


b. Cite three answer sources for EACH question. Write out the name of each source (e.g. website address) and then give the answer that each source provides IN YOUR OWN WORDS. The reason for three sources is that often our research provides two sources with different answers. This way, your third source/answer should triangulate, or confirm, one of your first two answers. One answer with 3 websites will earn you 1 extra credit point. Answers should include at least 1 complete sentence, preferably more. Please be thorough with your answer. 


Remember, Google is a search engine, not a website. Also, DO NOT print out website information for me (for example, do not print page(s); it's a waste of paper and ink and doesn't show me that you have read and understood the answer.

Good Luck, and be sure to email me with any questions: