ENGL 1123-208 MWF 11:00-11:50 AM Dillard 338
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Writing about Literature. For the first four weeks, students must write critically on one of two literary topics: a five-paragraph essay on poetry (“The South” by Langston Hughes) or a five-paragraph essay on fiction (“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin). Writing must follow MLA standards (both in-body and in the Works Cited). This module is designed to introduce students to supporting, demonstrating, and reinforcing a thesis with evidence and proper citation—without as yet venturing onto the databases or into the book stacks. The goal is to sustain a personal insight (about the poem or story in question) in a way that is original, insightful, and creative. Students should avoid merely summarizing or restating the poem or story.
Student Research Project. In ENGL 1123 with Dr. Fields, students will develop a 15 paragraph research essay using MLA citation and Works Cited. The paper will be written in over three stages, each one a five-paragraph essay in its own right. Students must express key ideas from their sources (scholarly sources from Moffett-supported databases or Moffett book stacks). Students may quote from these sources (with attribution, quotation marks, and parenthetical reference), but they must also express the significance—the key idea—of points-of-fact from their sources in their own words. Even in these cases, students must offer attribution and the parenthetical reference—but they would use phrasing which was insightful, original, and creative. Students should show ownership by providing their own take on the point of fact, perhaps by providing an illustration or personal example. Mere restatement will require revision for originality and ownership.
The research topic must relate to the student individually, whether in regard to the student’s personal experience (including family history), or the student’s prospective field of study, goals, or career.
Sources must be scholarly (e.g., peer-reviewed and recent research in professional journals) and come from the Moffett-supported databases or Moffett book stacks.
In-class Pre-WPE essay. In ENGL 1123 with Dr. Fields, students will write in class a five paragraph essay in class which is meant to prepare them for the WPE. It will utilize a “prompt” the student has not seen previously.
There are six assignments: 1) Hughes or Chopin essay, 2) Position Essay (five paragraphs), 3) Opposition Essay (five paragraphs), and 4) Refined Position Essay (five paragraphs), 5) Combined Document (Position, Opposition, & Refined Position stages, corrected as required and combined for one polished 15 paragraph project with MLA styled bibliography), and 6) In-class five paragraph Pre-WPE essay.
Writing about Literature (see sample Hughes essay)
Students will write one five-paragraph literary essay based on either Langston Hughes’ “The South” (a poem) or Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” in A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. The essay will be drafted in class over several sessions. Students should revise the essay prior to submission. Errors in standard grammar and punctuation will affect the grade.
The Student Research Project (see sample essay). These essays are outlined and drafted in class to insure originality. Errors in grammar and punctuation will affect the grade.
Students choose their own individual topic (subject to instructor approval). Here are some of the topics students have chosen in recent semesters:
Accounting Education, Alcohol Abuse in College, Amputees & Prosthetic Limbs, Antidepressants, Attention Deficit Disorder, Baby Pacifiers, Bariatric Surgery, Bilingual Education, Birth Control, Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy, Black Holes, Breast Feeding vs. Bottle, Charter Schools & Post-Katrina New Orleans, Coaching for Life, Commotio cordis, Concussions & Collegiate Athletics, Congenital Heart Disease, Domestic Violence, DNA Profiling, Dream Act, Eating Disorders & Depression, Emotional Eating, Educating Incarcerated Young People, Enforcing Title IX, Engineering Challenges in Rebuilding New Orleans, Epidural Anesthesia, Ethical Business Model & Profitability, Failure of NCLB, Families without Fathers, Female Body Image, Fertility, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Freshman 15, Genetic Causes of Obesity, Global Business Model, Global Food Shortage, Government Accreditation of Religious Colleges, Hague Adoption Convention, HIV Origin & Zoonosis, Homosexual Parents & Adoption, Hooking Up on Campus, Inclusive Classrooms, Internet Loneliness, Lorenzo’s Oil for ALD, Maternal Smoking & SIDS, Military Deployment & Effect on Children and Marriage, Music Therapy, Nanotechnology, New Oil drilling Techniques, Nursing and Stress, Obesity & Diabetes, Online Dating, Online Gambling, Organic Cattle Ranching, Palliative Care, Parkinson’s & L-Dopa, PATRIOT Act, Post-Traumatic Stress, Praise & Classroom Discipline, Pre-School Education in Developing Countries, Racism in Hiring of Coaches, Radio Frequency Identification for Inventory, Restructuring of Air Traffic Control, Schizophrenia and Heredity, School Bullies & Suicidal Ideation, Cosmetic Surgery, School Cafeterias & Obesity, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Spiritual Counseling in Nursing, Surrogate Mothers, Telemedicine in Developing Countries, United Nations Sanctions, Vaccines and Autism, Video Game Addiction, Video Games as a Virtual Classroom, and Wind Power.
Before students start drafting the three stages of the research project:
Writing each Stage of the Research Project (each stage a five-paragraph essay):
NOTE: It is IMPERATIVE that students provide a page number (or paragraph number) in parentheses at the end of the last sentence of a given A, B, or C point which they express in their own words. For Bias and Alt Views, the parenthetical number comes immediately after a quote but before the period.
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%.
IMPORTANT (the “D repeat” policy): For freshman or transfer students entering MSU in Fall 2011, a grade of “C” or higher in ENGL 1113 is a prerequisite for enrolling in ENGL 1123. A grade of “C” or higher in ENGL 1123 is required for graduation from MSU.
There are six grades: Literature Essay 20 percent; Positon Essay 10 percent; Opposition Essay 10 percent; Refined Position Essay 10 percent; Combined Document (Revised Project) 40 percent; Pre-WPE essay 10 percent.
Proper Format and Submission of all Work
An assignment is late if submitted after the class period it is due. If late by one period, the assignment will be penalized 10 points. If late by two class periods, the essay is penalized 20 points (the penalty is capped at 20 points). No late work may be submitted after the last official class period, Thursday, Dec. 1). A class period is officially over when the instructor dismisses it. All late work must be submitted IN PERSON.
If students are too ill to submit their work personally, they should submit it when they return to class. They may avoid penalty for late submission by obtaining documentation from a relevant professional in a timely fashion (e.g., a doctor or the Dean of Students’ office). Absence for the sake of others requires similar documentation.
Roll is taken right away as soon as class begins. The instructor is not obliged to count people present who arrive late. A student with three unexcused absences receives a warning from the instructor. As of the fourth unexcused absence, the instructor reserves the right to notify the Dean of Students and to initiate removal of the student from the course (including the possibility of a WF).
MSU Legal Stipulation By enrolling in this class, 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 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
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 in "Works Cited")—whether you use that material in a quotation, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
Language too close to the student’s own documented sources: In our course, restating language word for word (or close to word for word) from the student’s own documented sources without using quotation marks or setting it off as a Block Quote puts an essay at risk of penalty in regard to the grade, even if the student provides a parenthetical page at the end of a sentence and includes the source in the Works Cited.
The three five paragraph stages of the research project are opportunities for the instructor to have teachable moments with students regarding language which is TOO CLOSE to their own documented source (e.g., any four words in a row verbatim from the documented source must be revised; use of the same key nouns, verbs, adjectives, and phrases must be revised).
Students must revise such lapses in the three stages of the research project—fully, dynamically, creatively, and insightfully—by the due date for the combined revised document. Students who persist even at this final stage in using language too close to their own documented sources risk serious penalty to the project’s grade and the grade for the course.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY & Non-Documented Sources
Students who use information and/or phrasing from sources that are not documented in the Works Cited bibliography are guilty of academic dishonesty and will receive a failing grade of 0 (no points) for the assignment even if the rest of the essay is original and the other sources are properly documented. The student in this case MUST withdraw from the course. If the student does not formally withdraw from the course, he or she will be removed by the instructor with a WF. Use of undocumented sources is an infraction of the university’s policy on academic dishonesty and must be reported to the Dean of Students.
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