Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00-9:50
ISBN 13: 978-0-558-79024-0
notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper)
a non-electronic dictionary
student email account: firstname.lastname@example.org or an
email account containing your first and last name
A bluebook for the writing final exam
A folder with brads and pockets
Assignment % of Grade
8 quizzes 20
4 writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Exam 20
Final Essay Exam 20
If you attend class and thus complete homework during the semester, you will receive 2 points added to your final grade.
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%. In order to receive the grade average earned in class, you must earn at least a D/60 on the Grammar Final and a C/70 on the Writing Final. If you fail either of these finals, you will earn a final grade of F and must repeat the 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 of the works cited)–whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. Plagiarism is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not. You can expect at best a 0 for the assignment and at worst an F in the course.
All writing assignments must follow MLA format. You can complete In-class assignments in pen or pencil. You must type all out-of-class writing assignments. Submit all writing assignments in a composition folder that contains both pockets and brads.
The policy for submitting late work is as follows: Late homework is not accepted. A missed quiz or in-class writing assignment may be taken before the quiz or essay is returned in class, which is usually a week after the exam. Therefore, if you miss a quiz or writing on Monday, you must take the quiz or complete the writing assignment before class time on the following Monday. Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of 0. Come to my office (BW 233) to make up work.
Attendance in this class is profitable. Students who come to class obtain necessary class work and homework to prepare for the eight quizzes and four writing assignments. Those students who miss class excessively (defined by MSU as more than 2 times in a MW class and more than 3 times in a MWF class) are unprepared, find earning passing grades difficult, and lose the opportunity to gain the 2 point homework bonus.
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 in the classroom. Disruptive behavior is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.