Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50
· Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
· Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision
· Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English
· Find, evaluate, and synthesize credible sources in support of a research paper
· Document sources responsibly and follow a designated style guide
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignment % of Grade
Proposal Paper 10
2 In-class bluebook essays 10
Exploratory Paper 10
Annotated Bibliography 10
Research Paper 40
Visual Argument Paper 10
Class work, Group participation, Attendance 10
· Wood, Nancy W. Perspectives on Argument. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2009. Print.
ISBN 13: 978-0-205-64897-9
· Aaron, Jane E. The Little Brown Handbook:Brief Version. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2011. Print.
ISBN 13: 978-0-205-76276-7
½ to 1½ three-ring binder
4 dividers: classwork, bluebook essays, papers, research project
notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper)
a non-electronic dictionary
student email account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
All writing assignments must follow MLA format. You may complete In-class writing assignments in pen or pencil. You must type all out-of-class writing assignments. You will submit your research project in your binder containing all previous work and papers.
By enrolling in this class, you expressly grant MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by you for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce your work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
The policy for submitting late work is as follows: Late homework is not accepted. Missed group work cannot be made up. A missed in-class bluebook writing assignment may be taken before the essay is returned in class, which is usually one week later. Therefore, if you miss an in-class writing on Tuesday, come during my office hours to BW 233 and complete the assignment before class time on the following Tuesday. No appointment is necessary. Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of zero. If you must miss class on the due date for a paper, send me your paper as an attachment to an e-mail that same day. I accept late papers only when you apply and I grant an extension before the due date.
If you have more than 5 absences (the equivalent of 2½ weeks of class) you fail the class. When you miss class please don’t feel you have to justify your absence with e-mail messages, phone calls, or a doctor’s note; I respect your privacy. If you accumulate more than the allotted absences before the university’s withdrawal date, dropping the course is your responsibility.
Attendance in this class is profitable. Coming to class will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives and requirements of this course.
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
At the least, plagiarism will result in a 0 on the assignment; at worst, the consequence will be an automatic F for the course. I will follow the reporting procedures required by the Dean of Students.
Be on time: If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.
Practice courtesy: When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me. If you arrive late to class, wait for my invitation. When another student is speaking, listen. All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class. Do not leave class to answer your phone nor “text” during class. If you need to leave the room in order to use the restroom or get a drink of water, you do not need my permission; simply leave the room when I or a classmate is not speaking. Do not eat during in the classroom. Disruptive behavior is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.