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
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignments % of Grade
4 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each)
5%(ICE 1) + 10%(ICE 2) + 10%(ICE 3) + 15%(ICE 4) = 40%
4 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each)
5%(FE 1) +10%(FE 2) + 10%(FE 3) + 15%(FE 4) = 40%
Quizzes, Project, and Participation
10%(Qs) + 5% (Project) + 5%(Participation) = 20%
IMPORTANT: For freshman and transfer students entering Midwestern in Fall 2011 or later, a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1113 is a prerequisite for enrolling in ENGL 1123, and a grade of C or higher in 1123 is required for graduation from Midwestern.
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%. Grades on individual assignments will be calculated using the following pattern: A+ = 99%; A = 96%; A- =93%; etc.
All Formal Essays must be submitted typed in MLA format with stamped topics, pre-writing, rehearsal drills, and required drafts in a folder containing all previous Formal Essay assignments.
By enrolling in this class, you expressly grant MSU a “limited right” to 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.
No late work will be accepted unless arrangements have been made with me. In the event of “Authorized Absences,” arrangements should be made to turn in work early. If work is missed, you should meet with me to determine what can be made up. Missing work will receive a zero grade.
Regular class attendance is expected. Roll will be taken at every class. Students may miss a week’s classes without repercussion; however, after the first two absences, students will have five points deducted from their final averages for each unexcused absence. After one late arrival (a freebie), two late arrivals will count as one unexcused absence. “Authorized Absences,” as defined by the MSU Catalog, will not be counted as unexcused. Students may be dropped from class for excessive absences. For definition, arrival after the instructor has begun the lecture constitutes a late arrival.
This University is part of the academic community in which certain standards of behavior are upheld. In addition, a university education is expensive and part of the responsibility of the instructor is to ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to receive that education. Thus, certain guidelines will be observed during class:
No electronic devices should be turned on or visible during class. Any student seen with such a device out during class will be asked to put it away. Any student who must be asked twice to put the device away or any student whose device has gone off twice during class will be asked to leave and be marked absent. If the instructor sees any device in use during a quiz or exam, the student’s paper will be picked up and receive zero credit. A student may also have a cell phone on vibrate in an emergency situation, but the instructor must be informed before class, and the student must sit so he or she is able to leave class with minimal disruption.
In addition, in accordance with university policy, students are not permitted to eat or drink during class.
Students are expected to come to class prepared. Students must ensure that they have read the assigned reading, as per the schedule. Each assignment is due on the date it appears on the syllabus.
Any student behaving in a disruptive manner will be asked once to stop the behavior. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to leave and marked absent for the class. If a student is consistently disruptive in class, he or she will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.
The best and easiest way for you to improve in this course is to write drafts. Drafts are not required—they are your responsibility. On each draft, I will identify 2-4 “targets” for improvement and will make suggestions about how you should proceed. Usually (not on weekends) I will get drafts back to you the next day, sometimes the same day. If you want an even faster response, bring a draft to my office during office hours. Why wait until you get a grade to try to improve a paper? Think about it.
Revisions are also optional. Revisions with substantial improvement in content, style, or organization will be “regraded,” and the new grade will be averaged with the original grade to get the final grade for the assignment.