Class meets Tu/Th in BW 117
Final Exam: Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Wadsworth: Boston, Ma., 2011. ISBN: 978-111-35027-7
Hall: Upper Saddle River, N. J. 1997.
Submission Format and Policy
All turned in work must be typed in MLA format – Times Roman 12 font
Blue books are also required to be written in MLA format
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.
Assignment % of Grade
7 In-Class Writings (total of 1400 words) 25%
2 Formal, Revised Essays (total of 1150 words) 25%
1 Mid-Term (450 words) + Final In-Class Essay
(400-word min.) 40%
Standard -Writing assignments should require students to produce approximately 3500 words and count for at least 60% of the final grade: 30% in-class writings and 30% formal, revised essays.
This class will not use the plus/minus grading system. In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
You must earn a final grade of C or better to pass this course.
Late Paper/Assignment Policy
No late work accepted! You may, however, make an appointment to take a test early or do work if you know in advance that you are going to be absent. See schedule for more details. Do not slide work under my door!
You may not miss more than 2 absences. You are counted absent after
the first 10 minutes. After 2, your grade will drop ½ letter grade for every additional absence. 2 tardies = 1 absence. Tardiness is disruptive – so be
mature and responsible.
Dropping this course can only be done the week preceding the university’s official drop date. You may drop the course with a grade of W if at that time you have not exceeded the number of absences allowed in the course and if reducing your course load does not affect your enrollment at MSU.
If you are enrolled in this course on the basis of required remediation, you will not be permitted to drop the course unless you are enrolled in another developmental course. A student in need of developmental education must be enrolled in development education each semester.
The MSU Undergraduate Catalog states, “an instructor may drop a student anytime during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.” MSU’s policy for developmental education requires an instructor to drop you with an F.
Students who withdraw themselves from the course or who are dropped by the instructor or who do not pass the course with a grade of C or better 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 in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
Students with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.
Safe Zones Statement
The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.
Contacting Your Instructor
All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor’s phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts. I prefer to be called at the number given to you in class. I can give quicker feedback that way.
Please turn off all technological devices. Texting in class will result in removal from class and counted as an absence. Using such devices in class during testing will result in an automatic zero. Not participating in class or turning in work will also result in removal from class. I cannot help you if you do not work!
Writing Proficiency Requirement
All students seeking a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they’ve 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you’ve earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.
Daily Schedule of Read. & Assign.
See attached calendar. Students are given class schedule in class.