* 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
4 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each)
5% (ICE 1) + 10% (ICE 2) + 10% (ICE 3) + 15% (ICE 4) = 40%
4 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each)
5% (FE 1) + 10% (FE 2) + 10% (FE 3) + 15% (FE 4) = 40%
Quizzes and Participation
10% (Qs) + 10% (Participation) = 20%
Writing assignments will include approximately 5,000 words of graded writing, with in-class papers being approximately 350 words and out-of-class papers being approximately 750 words.
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: 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.
All Formal Essays must be submitted typed in MLA format with stamped topics, pre-writing, rehearsal drills, and required drafts.
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.
Assignments and essays must be submitted at the beginning of class on the due date or the work will be considered late. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED! If you know that you will be absent on the day an essay is due, make arrangements with me ahead of time to turn in your work early for full credit. Missing work will automatically be assigned a zero.
Regular attendance is both encouraged and expected, and roll will be taken at the beginning of every class. If you have more than 9 absences, excused or not, you will fail the class. This is NOT an invitation to miss class. When you miss class, you miss any writing assignment or group work done during that period, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments. If you miss more than nine classes, it is your responsibility to drop the class.
Any student who arrives after roll has been taken will be marked as tardy. Three late arrivals will count as one absence. Students arriving after roll has been taken are responsible for ensuring that the instructor has marked them on the roll. In addition, any student who leaves early will be marked as tardy.
Students should contact the instructor as soon as possible if there are extenuating circumstances.
No electronic devices should be turned on or visible during class. Any student seen with such a device out during class will be asked to put it away. Any student who must be asked twice to put the device away or any student whose device has gone off twice during class will be asked to leave and be marked absent. If the instructor sees any device in use during a quiz or exam, the student's paper will be picked up and receive zero credit. A student may have a cell phone on vibrate in an emergency situation, but the instructor must be informed before class, and the student must sit so he or she is able to leave class with minimal disruption. 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. Each assignment is due on the date it appears on the syllabus.
Any student who behaves in a disruptive manner will be asked once to stop the behavior. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to leave and marked absent. If a student is consistently disruptive in class, he or she will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.