Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
% of Grade
Research Paper Issue Proposal
In-Class Essay – Argument Style Essay (350 words minimum)
Research Paper Annotated Bibliography (4-5 works), include working bibliography
In-Class Essay – Understanding the Rhetorical Situation (350 words minimum)
Formal, Revised Research Paper Exploratory Essay (750 words minimum)
In-Class Claim and Position Essay (350 words minimum)
Formal, Revised Claim and Position Essay (750 words minimum)
Formal, Revised Rogerian Paper (750 words minimum)
Research Paper Extended Outline
Research Paper Draft (with peer editing exercise) – 1,500 words minimum
Formal, Revised Research Paper (1,500-words minimum)
Participation (complete participation log)
Writing assignments require students to produce approximately 5,000 words of graded writing and count for at least 80% of the final grade.
IMPORTANT: For freshmen or transfer students entering Midwestern in the fall of 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.
Written work will be graded based on the criteria established in the writing prompt. Students must review the prompt carefully to ensure that all elements of the assignment are complete. Moreover, students will be graded on grammar, mechanics, punctuation, development, organization, sentence structure, wording, and spelling. Essay rubrics, marginal comments, and the teacher’s narratives all provide information regarding the grading process. Students are encouraged to review each assignment to make improvements in subsequent writing.
As noted in the syllabus, the following numerical equivalents for final grades are used: A=100-90%; B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=59-0%
As noted in the MSU catalog (2010-2012), a C letter grade means satisfactory work. Therefore, a B grade represents good work, and an A grade represents excellent work. D-level work represents the lowest passing level of performance. Unsatisfactory work that does not represent a passing level of performance will be awarded an F.
Throughout the semester, students may be awarded more specific letter grades (+/-). I will use the following numerical system to average the letter grades:
A+=98 A=95 A-=93 B+=88 B=85 B-=83 . . .
Students must submit MLA-formatted essays on double-sided sheets of 8.5x11 white paper. Students must ensure that all outside sources are properly documented.
For extenuating circumstances, electronic copies may be considered, provided the student makes advance arrangements.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to 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 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.
Assignments and essays must be submitted at the beginning of class on the due date, or the work will be considered late. In the event of extenuating circumstances, the student must contact the instructor as soon as practical. Unless prior arrangements are made for extenuating circumstances, late assignments will be deducted 5% per day.
For excused absences (as per the student catalog), students must make prior arrangements to complete in-class work or to submit assignments.
To encourage maximum learning, students must attend class. Moreover, students are expected to arrive on time to avoid class disruption.
Students are encouraged to contact the instructor directly for any extenuating circumstances, resulting in absences or tardy arrivals.
Students may miss up to three class meetings without penalty. For students who miss more than three meeting times, the instructor will deduct 2% from the final grade per absence. Moreover, three tardy arrivals will count as one absence for grading purposes.
For excused absences, students must ensure that the appropriate paperwork is complete.
In keeping with a spirit of professionalism and respect, students are not permitted to use cell phone (including texting) during class time. However, please advise the instructor if there are any extenuating family circumstances, relating to this policy.
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.
I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the MSU Writing Labs located in Bea Wood 224 and in the Moffett Library. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing.