MWF 8:00-8:50 AM
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%
Memoir Presentation = 5%
Quizzes (unnounced and unannounced) = 10%
Participation = 5%
*See attached log regarding participation requirements, due date, and details
Writing assignments should require students to produce approximately 5000 words of graded writing and count for at least 80% of the final grade.
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%. Refer to grading explanation attachment for additional details.
Note: The MSU Catalog (2012-2014) defines a C grade as “satisfactory work” (74).
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 essays will be submitted at the beginning of class typed in MLA format with stamped prewriting, peer editing, and all required drafts in a folder containing all previous formal essay assignments as described on each assignment sheet. Failure to submit any of the required materials will result in a 3 point deduction from the assignment’s grade per missing item. Items submitted after the instructor calls for them are considered late.
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.
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.
If you know that you will be absent on the day a formal, revised essay or quiz is due, make arrangements with me ahead of time to turn in your work early for full credit. Late assignments, defined as work not submitted by the start of class on the designated due date, will be accepted, but they will lose 10% off the final grade per day that they are late. Please be aware that any assignment submitted in class but after the instructor has called for it is late and subject to the grade penalty. Additionally, no late work will be accepted more than 48 hours after the original deadline. Late work must be handed directly to the instructor. Do not slide any work under the instructor’s office door or email late work to the instructor. Late work may not be submitted for a “revision grade.”
Missed quizzes and the memoir presentation may not be made up. Missing work will automatically be assigned a zero. Additionally, if students fail to bring a hardcopy of their drafts (prepared according to the assignment prompt) to a peer-edit class, they will be marked absent.
If a student has an “authorized absence” (see Student Handbook) on the day of an in-class essay, he or she must make arrangements with me in order to complete the in-class essay prior to the authorized absence.
Note: if a peer editing is missed for an authorized absence, the student is responsible for contacting the instructor prior to the missed class meeting in order to determine the appropriate course of action for completing and submitting the peer editing no later than the class meeting following the original due date.
My policy is very simple and straightforward: if you have more than 9 absences excused or not, you fail the class. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss three full weeks of class—class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course and to learn how to develop as a rhetor and a writer. When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition. In the unfortunate event that you accrue 10 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class. Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences. If you miss class, you miss any writing assignment or group work done during that period, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments. Notify me in advance if you will not be able to make class; you may leave an email message. If you must miss class on a due date for an assignment, email it as an attachment by the start of class. You must keep up with any information you miss when you are absent. It is your responsibility to keep current with the syllabus and verify what was covered in class in the event of your being absent. Consider it your responsibility to be here, prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish, nor gain as much as you could.
In addition, every THIRD late arrival will count as ONE absence. A late arrival will be defined as an arrival after the instructor has taken roll. Students who arrive during roll, or after, must make sure the instructor knows they are present. Also, A missed conference counts as two absences. Additionally, students who come to class on peer-edit days without hardcopies of their drafts (as specified by the assignment prompt) will be marked absent.
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. Plagiarism is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
When plagiarism occurs, the following steps will be taken:
1. For the first offence, the student will earn an F for that particular assignment, and he or she will forfeit the privilege of revising the essay. Also, the student and instructor will meet for a special conference to discuss the matter.
2. The second offence will be the final offence in the course. If a student commits plagiarism twice in the same semester, he or she will be dropped from the course, assigned an F for that semester's grade, and will be reported according to the policy outlined in the student handbook.
For the Classroom:
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, in-class essay, or exam, the student’s paper will be picked up and receive zero credit. A student may also 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.
Any student behaving 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 for the class. 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.
For Planning Ahead:
The best and easiest way for you to improve in this course is to write drafts. I hope we may visit about your drafts during office hours. I will identify 2-4 “targets” for improvement and will make suggestions about how you should proceed. You may email me your drafts. You are not required to visit with me for draft reviews; however, I do require that you include drafts when you submit your final essays.
Usually (not on weekends) I will get drafts back to you the next day. I am unable to respond to drafts submitted less than 24 hours before the assignment is due.
Revisions for formal essays are also optional. Revisions with substantial improvement in content, style, or organization will be “regraded,” and the new grade will be averaged with the original grade to get the final grade for the assignment. I cannot accept revisions later than two class meetings following the day the first graded versions are returned to students. Revisions are due at the beginning of class when the instructor calls for them; late revisions cannot be accepted.
Essays that do fulfill the requirements of the assignment will not be marked. The essay will be returned with a “check minus” and must be re-submitted as late work in order to receive credit. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.
We will use the LBB throughout the course, even though all of the reading assignments are not posted. Please have both textbooks handy daily. Please read the information scheduled for class. You will be responsible for the assigned textbook material covered on our daily schedule.
I value the writing process, so please keep all drafts of your work.
All FEs will be submitted in a folder which contains all pre-writing, peer-editing, and drafts.