2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each) 20%
2 Paragraphs (175 and 125 word minimum) 10%
3 Formal, Revised Essays (650-word min. each) 30%
1 Annotated Bibliography (including both print and web sources) 5%
1 Final Research Paper (1500-word min.) 25%
Reading quizzes 10%
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%.
MLA form is required, as is a hard copy of each essay. Each writing assignment will be preceded by a lengthy prompt, and each student must, at a minimum, meet the stated requirements.
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 advance.
Daily quizzes cannot be made up—these are in large part an incentive to attend class and a testament to your preparedness. In addition, essays will be accepted only 24 hours after the due date, and then with a one-letter grade penalty. After 24 hours, I will not accept any work. (Students will have adequate time for the preparation of essays; consequently, my expecting these essays to be completed punctually does not seem unreasonable.)
I will take roll, and the student who is excessively absent may be dropped from the course. I do not deduct points for absences, but daily quizzes cannot be made up.
Classroom civility has drastically declined in the last few years. Please resist the urge to monitor your cell phone while in class, and let’s keep the drink and food to a minimum. Also, while I encourage lively classroom discussion, please make every effort to be respectful with your comments, both to your classmates and your instructor. Finally, if you have a complaint about the class, you need to bring that complaint to the privacy of my office.
Plagiarism is rampant in composition classes, usually due to "copying and pasting" from the internet.
Plagiarism is one of the most serious examples of academic dishonesty; consequently, it will not be tolerated.
The following is the penalty of plagiarism: The student will earn a "zero" for that particular assignment, and he or she will not be able to replace that essay with a "re-write."
If a student commits plagiarism twice in the same semester, he or she will earn an F for that semester's grade.