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
Minimum of 4 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each) 30%
Minimum of 4 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min.each) 50%
Major Exams 15%
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%
All documents will be submitted in MLA format
No late work will be accepted
in order to successfully complete this course, attendance is imperative. I will allow two absences consequence-free; however, after two, each subsequent absence will result a 2.5 point deduction from you final average.
Tardiness to class is disruptive and disrespectful to both the professor and your fellow classmates. I will count every two late arrivals as being equal to one absence and will deduct from your final average according to my absence policy. If you arrive any time after class begins, you will be considered tardy; however, if you are ten minutes late or more, you will be counted absent.
Cell phones and other such gadgets are not to be used during class time. If I catch you on your cell phone, texting or talking or playing Angry Birds, or any other cell phone activities, I will confiscate your phone and smash it on the chalk board, or maybe I’ll keep it and sell it on Ebay. Obviously, I will not really smash your phone or sell it on Ebay, but, if the behavior persists after a warning, you may be asked to leave the class and receive an absence for that day. Sleeping and chatting with your friends will not be tolerated during class. If this behavior persists after I have spoken to you about it, you will be asked to leave the classroom. Any case of disruptive behavior can possibly result in a referral to the dean of students. Disruptive behavior effects the education of your colleagues who have paid to attend this class; they, and I, deserve respect and the prospect of a “mature” classroom environment.