Assignment % of Grade
8 -10 quizzes 20
4 writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 20
Final Essay Exam 20
This class will use the following grading system for essays:
Each writing assignment includes prewriting or brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising. For electronic submissions, name files carefully as instructed and save all of your writing in a portfolio. Follow MLA formatting, including these conventions:
· use double-spacing and a size 12 font
· include in the upper left-hand corner your name, course and section number, date, and both the name and version of the assignment (draft, revision)
· for additional pages, include your last name and page number in the upper right-hand corner.
Late papers are not accepted.
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, or ideas in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end of the borrowed material 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. Penalties for plagiarized papers, depending on the severity, range from a grade of 0 on the assignment to failing the course.
No late papers are accepted.
Attendance is required and includes arriving on time, being prepared with the day’s assignments, and participating in class discussions. Excessive absences (more than 3) will lower your grade. If you have more than 6 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class. In the unfortunate event that you accrue 7 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class. Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences. Notify me in advance via email if you will not be able to make class. If you must miss class on a due date for an assignment, email it as an attachment or it will lose points.
Instructor Contact Information
You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I encourage you to schedule an appointment with me during my office hours to discuss your progress in the class. I am also very responsive to email questions as long as I know who the email is from and you have provided all information necessary for me to provide a complete answer. Therefore, please use your MSU email account so that you are identified by name in the email address and please follow these guidelines:
What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7. While I do check my email and voicemail regularly, including weekends (if I am in town), I do not necessarily check them more than once a day or late in the evenings. Therefore, if you procrastinate on an assignment, you may not have the information you need to complete the assignment appropriately. Please plan your time accordingly to maximize the probability that you will receive a response in time for it to be useful.
Safe Zones Statement
The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.
Students with Disabilities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
The English Program at Midwestern State University complies with the ADA in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. If you have an established disability as defined in the ADA and would like to request accommodations, please see the instructor as soon as possible.
The Bea Wood and Moffett Library Writing Labs will open Monday, January 23 and will observe the following schedule through the last regular week of classes:
· 9-4 Monday through Thursday in 224 Bea Wood
· 6-9 Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday in Moffett Library Lounge
· Information about the labs and how to prepare for a session can be found at the Writing Center website: www.mwsu.edu/writingcenter