ENGL 1123-206: 11:00-11:50 a.m., MWF
ENGL 1123-210: 1:00-1:50 p.m. MWF
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
In-Class Essays (350 word minimum each)
· Rhetorical Analysis 5%
· Position Paper 10%
Formal, Revised Essays (750 word minimum each)
· Rhetorical Analysis 10%
· Commentary 10%
· Working Bibliography (10 sources)
AND Annotated Bibliography (6 sources) 10%
· Formal, Revised Research Paper (1500 words minimum) 20%
· Formal, Revised Proposal Essay (750 word minimum) 10%
· Group Proposal Presentation 5%
Final Exam Essay (400 word minimum) 15%
Quizzes, Classwork, Homework, Participation, Misc. 5%
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%.
According to MSU’s Undergraduate Catalogue, “letter grades have the following significance:”
· A indicates excellent work
· B indicates good work
· C indicates satisfactory work
· D indicates passing work
· F indicates failing work (p.73).
Important: For freshman 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 MSU.
All formal essays must be typed using Microsoft Word (or some other word processing program that creates files compatible with Word) in MLA style. Any students who do not have a word processing program capable of MLA-style formatting (headers, etc) will be encouraged to type/format their essays in one of MSU’s computer labs, because essays that do not meet the formatting guidelines will receive an automatic failing grade.
Furthermore, any essays that do not meet the minimum word/page count stated on the assignment sheet will receive an automatic grade of F. Students must read and follow all instructions on every assignment.
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.
Late assignments (defined as any assignment not submitted by the beginning of class on the due date, or by any other deadline stated on the assignment instructions) will be accepted, but they will lose 10% off the final grade for each day they are late. Furthermore, no late work will be accepted more than 48 hours past the original deadline. This means if an assignment is due at 11 a.m. on Friday, it will not be accepted beyond 11 a.m. on Sunday.
This class relies heavily on participation and group involvement. As a result, excessive absences cannot be tolerated. Students who accumulate more than three (3) unexcused absences over the course of the semester will lose points on their final course grade for each subsequent unexcused absence. Students who accumulate more than nine (9) absences, excused or unexcused, will be dropped from the class with a grade of F. In the event that you accumulate 10 absences prior to the drop date, it is your responsibility to withdraw from the class. If you miss class on a due date for an assignment, you must submit the assignment in advance to avoid late penalties.
Please communicate. If you know you are going to be absent for whatever reason, contact me via email before the missed class to let me know and inquire about any assignments. If you will be absent on a day where peer reviews or group discussion/work is scheduled, you must also contact your group members in advance to make arrangements with them. Students can contact one another via the “message” feature on Lore.
Students may not make up any assignments missed due to absences. If you have a planned, excused absence, you must make arrangements beforehand to complete any in-class work you may miss.
Arrive on time and ready to participate. If you are repeatedly tardy (more than three late arrivals over the course of the semester), I will simply begin marking you absent without warning.
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. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
As a class, we will spend a considerable amount of time discussing plagiarism, what it is, how to avoid it, and how to properly use and cite sources. As a result, no warnings will be given. Students who plagiarize or commit any other form of academic dishonesty as defined by the MSU Student Handbook will receive an F in the course and disciplinary proceedings will be initiated. See the MSU Student Handbook for further details.
Students who are unsure whether or not they are engaging in plagiarism while writing a formal essay should feel free to ask the instructor, either in person or by email, prior to the due date.
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 Zone 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.
University Writing Labs:
I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the MSU Writing Labs located in 224 Bea Wood and RC246 Moffett Library. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing.
Come to class every day prepared. Complete all readings and out of class assignments on time. If you are not prepared to discuss the assigned readings or do not bring required materials to class, I reserve the right to mark you absent without warning. If you arrive on a peer review day without a complete draft, you will be marked absent and you will automatically lose 20 points on the final essay grade.
Please be respectful to me and your classmates. I do not want to be the “cell phone police,” but I do expect all students to keep their phones on silent (NOT vibrate!) and out of sight during class time. This is not an invitation to text/surf the web/facebook under the desk. Trust me, I can tell. If I see you using your phone during class, I will mark you absent for the day without warning. The only exception is during peer review or group work if you are using your phone/device to look up something relevant to the assignment. If your phone is visible during class, I reserve the right to peek at the screen and see if you are on task. If you are not, I will count you absent and ask you to leave. If you are using your phone for class-related reasons and would like permission to keep it out, please inform me before class.
Since we live in a digital age, I will permit the use of laptops and/or tablets in class. However, if I find that you’ve been surfing the web/facebooking/playing World of Warcraft/watching Netflix during class time, I will count you absent and ask you to leave.
Overall, please just use common sense, be attentive, and be respectful.
I highly encourage participation—in fact, I will reward it! Just remember that your classmates have valuable input as well. I expect all students to treat one another with respect, even when they disagree. I will not tolerate any angry, rude, spiteful, or otherwise inappropriate comments or outbursts in class. If any of you ever feel uncomfortable in this class for any reason, please let me know so that I can address the problem. Disruptive behavior will also not be tolerated. If you are rude or disruptive in class, you will receive one warning. After that, I reserve the right to drop you from the class.