Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 - 10:50 am
By the end of the semester, the student should be able to do the following:
The professor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.
Students will be evaluated using the following format:
Attendance and Participation 100
Test 1 100
Test 2 100
Test 3 100
All My Sons critique 100
Anatomy of Gray critique 100
Journal entries 150 (10 each)
Final Exam 150
Total possible points 1000
The following format is to be used for submission of journal entries.
The following format is to be used for submission of critiques:
Introduction presents a clear and direct thesis statement that indicates the topic and the writer’s position
Introduction does not provide a thesis statement.
Body paragraphs develop the thesis statement by providing reasons, examples, and details.
Body paragraphs do not maintain focus on thesis, or they provide only general reasons without supporting examples or details.
Essay flows logically from one idea and/or paragraph to the next and creates a coherent whole.
Essay demonstrates no logic or order but instead merely lists a seemingly random list of ideas.
Each paragraph develops just one idea clearly stated in a topic sentence.
Paragraphs have no apparent central topic and demonstrate a lack of focus.
Each paragraph uses appropriate and logical transitional expressions to achieve a smooth flow.
Paragraphs lack transitional expressions, and the relationship between the sentences within the paragraph is unclear.
Each paragraph provides sufficient details and examples to support the topic sentence.
Paragraphs provide only general statements and fail to offer specific examples to support topic sentences.
Essay uses complete sentences that are organized into standard patterns. Prose patterns indicate the writer’s control over the content.
Essay lacks organized flow of sentences and instead presents random observations that resemble informal speech.
Essay uses sentences that are understandable.
Essay uses sentences that fail to communicate the writer’s ideas.
Mechanics and Usage
Essay demonstrates reasonable adherence to Standard Written American English.
Essay contains excessive grammar and usage errors that interfere with readability.
Style (University level)
Essay demonstrates a reasonable understanding of rhetorical awareness and uses moderately sophisticated prose.
Essay demonstrates a lack of appreciation for the rhetorical situation and uses informal or inappropriate language.
You are expected to do the assignments when they are assigned. Failure to do so will result in an inability to keep pace with the class. All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline. Late assignments will NOT be accepted.
Dishonest work on homework or on examinations is a serious offense, as is plagiarism. The university and the professor will not tolerate either one. If either occurs, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The 2002-2003 Student Senate wrote and adopted the MSU Student Honor Creed. The highlight of the creed is “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so”. Enough said.
By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.
You are expected to attend all classes. Since lectures expand on assignments, missing class means missing important information. This class is, by its nature, participatory. Missing class means missing the chance to participate in your own education and the education of others in the class. The college policy allows for “five and your die”. You are allowed five fifty minute absences, beyond which you will be dropped from the class by the professor. Attendance is taken at the beginning of the class. The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late. The professor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class requirements, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.
Many of us own and use cell phones as our major method of electronic communication. Students are expected to turn off their cell phones when entering the classroom. Under no circumstances are students to be answered during class. Should the student need to take an emergency call, the professor expects the student to leave the room and not return, minimizing the disruptions for the remaining students. Before class begins, ensure that cell phones are off or are disabled so the phone does not ring during class – better yet, do not bring your phone to class. If other commitments are so pressing that they can not wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority being placed on being in this class. In any case, the professor reserves the right to ask you to leave immediately or to embarrass you mercilessly if your phone makes noise during class.
Students with disabilities or who are in need of special arrangements should see the professor as early as possible in the semester. Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request Form.
In this class, we will be exposed to a variety of playscripts. Some of these plays may confront you about ideas and beliefs that you have long held. That is the nature of art. If you open your mind to the new experiences, you may find yourself exposed to new paradigms that will enlighten you. As we discuss these plays, let us do so in a non-confrontational way. A university is a place in which we are each encouraged to grow to our ultimate potential – disparaging comments or words intended to harm others (as a group or individual) are inappropriate in the twenty-first century and will not be tolerated in this classroom.