Student tardiness to classes in 129 middle school;

what happens during transitions?

Ms. Roman

MS 129






The success of a lesson depends more than anything in students showing up on time. Being timely helps the learning experience to run smoothly and everyone gets the information delivered by the teacher at the same time, without interruptions. When a student(s) is(are) late to class unfolds a series of delays in the time allotted for the lesson, taking away learning and working time from the students that made it to class on time.



You will be working in groups as public policy analysts (PPA) to figure out what leads to a student to be late for class. Each group will write a petition letter to the principal stating the problem, its consequences and possible solutions to convince her to implement a policy for tardiness schoolwide. Each group will design a visual campaign advocating for all students to be on time to class.



Each group will need to investigate the problem by creating a student/teacher survey that leads to gather some facts that will be used as evidence that will help your group come up with possible solutions to the problem. Each group will use the PPA steps to determine the information that you will use in your visual campaign (Poster board, brochure, flyer) and the petition letter that you will hand in to our principal.

The 6 Steps of the Public Policy Analyst (PPA)Click on each for a description

1.Define the Problem

2.Gather the Evidence

3.Identify the Causes

4.Evaluate an Existing Policy

5.Develop Solutions

6.Select the Best Solution †(Feasibility vs. Effectiveness)















The letter does not include

The letter includes a few ideas and

The letter includes a lot of information

The letter includes information


information or ideas relevant

pieces of information relevant to

and ideas relevant to topics

†and ideas relevant to topics


to topics explored in class.

topics explored in class.

explored in class.

explored in class, and integrates





outside knowledge.







Writing is disorganized and

Writing is somewhat organized and

Writing is organized and coherent

Writing is organized and


difficult to understand.

coherent. The letter contains most

The letter contains all of the

coherent and letter contains all



of the required components (issue

required components (issue clearly

required elements.† Ideas flow



clearly stated, supporting reasons or

stated, supporting reasons or evidence

seamlessly through the use of



evidence, possible solutions).

(possible solutions).

strong transitions.







The work does not reflect effort†††††† or care in presentation.



The work reflects some effort and care in presentation.


The work is visually appealing and reflects effort and care in presentation.

†The work is visually appealing and reflects effort, attention, and cre in presentation.


The work reflects no original,

The work reflects some original,

Effort was clearly made to include

The work includes an array of


creative ideas.

creative ideas.

original, creative ideas throughout

original, creative ideas, combining-




the work.

†topics explored in class with





new ideas in novel ways.







Students worked individually.

Students worked together but contributions

Students worked well together and

Students worked very well



were unbalanced.

contributions were balanced.

together; they compromised and





built off one anotherís ideas.



Thank you for analyzing tardiness and its consequences! Your suggestions for implementing new policies are highly appreciated. Moving forward I hope that you will ALWAYS be part of the solution, not the problem!



Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Use words, phrases, and clauses to clarify the relationships among claim(s) and reasons.

Establish and maintain a formal style.

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented.