In English 2113, students are introduced to and become proficient in the essential elements of the cycle through which successful writers create and polish persuasive essays. A persuasive essay states an opinion and supports it convincingly. Skill in clear and forceful composition and in standard usage is a primary objective of the course. The course is required of those who have failed the Writing Proficiency Exam and may not be counted toward an English major or minor or toward English as a first or second teaching field or teaching emphasis.
Until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met, a student may be required to enroll in and stay enrolled in ENGL 2113 in order to continue taking classes at MSU. Any student with credit for more than 90 semester hours who enrolls in and subsequently withdraws from or is withdrawn from ENGL 2113 will be dropped from all courses. The student will not be allowed to enroll in any course except 2113 until the Writing Proficiency Requirement is met.
· Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
· Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision
· Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic
· Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English
Departmental Leaning Goals, Objectives, and Measurements:
Knowledge of Language and Literature(Objective 2.1): Students understand the usage and structure of the English language.Measurement:completion of a series of quizzes, discussion board postings, and writing assignments.
Writing as Process (Objective 3.1): Students reflect on their arguments over multiple stages of development. Measurement: successful completion of writing assignments that are characterized by the following:
(Objective 3.2): Students reference and format primary and secondary sources using MLA style. Measurement: successful completion of writing assignments.
Engagement (Objective 4.1): Students are aware of a cultural context for their own values and those of their sources. Measurement: synchronous and asynchronous correspondence with instructor. Successful completion of writing assignments.
Quizzes (25%): Thirteen grammar quizzes. Students are encouraged to meet with the instructor (by phone or online) following each quiz to review the quiz content and their performance.
Writing assignments (40%): Four writing assignments and two graded discussion board postings. Writing assignments will be marked with instructor's commentary, and the grade assigned will reflect overall demonstration of the skills outlined above.
Final exam (35%): The final exam will consist of two parts: (1) a grammar exam (15%) and (2) a thesis-driven essay (20%)
100 - 90% — A
89 - 80% — B
79 - 70% — C
69 - 60% — D
< 60% — F
See Essay grading guidelines in the D2L course management site.
All formal writing assignments submitted for grading must conform to the formatting and style guidelines outlined in the Essay Formatting Guidelines. (See D2L course management site.)
Major assignments are to be submitted to the D2L dropbox.
All assignments will be due on dates assigned. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made prior to the due date. Students falling two assignments behind are subject to administrative withdrawal from the course by the instructor.
Students are required to interact with the instructor within the MWSU Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system at regular intervals during the term of the course. Any student who fails to interact with an instructor via D2L, telephone, email, or in person during any two-week period of the term may be subject to administrative withdrawal from the course by the instructor.
See attached syllabus.