214: TR 9:30-10:50
217: TR 12:30-1:50
This is a writing class. Everything in it is about your writing. (Even, and especially, the reading assignments.) Specifically, this class continues where ENGL 1113—which was intended to introduce you to the formal technical requirements of academic writing, to the broader stylistic vaguenesses of good writing, and to the notion a writing process—left off by reinforcing those things and adding those concerns associated with outside sources—finding them, evaluating their usefulness and credibility, using them effectively, and—this is important—documenting them. (Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.)
The vast majority of your grade in this class is determined by your writing. Here is a list of things you will write and their weighting in your final grade:
‣ 2 In-Class Essays — 350+ words each 10% each
‣ 3 Formal, Revised Essays — 750+ words each 10% each
‣ 1 Annotated Bibliography 5%
‣ 1 Final Research Paper — 1500+ words 20%
‣ 1 Final Exam 10%
‣ 12-15 Weekly Things — 1 page each 15%
Numbers: F = 0-59; D- = 62; D = 65; D+ = 69; C = 72-79: B = 82-89; A=92+; n- = n2; n=n5; n+=n9
Late Work: For each day (not class day or weekday, day) an essay is late, that essay's grade will be lowered by one letter grade (ten points).
Rough and final drafts of formal essays will be printed on real paper. All formal essays will be submitted in MLA form, information about which will be discussed before the first essay is due and is readily available (of all surprising places) online. Weekly essays will be submitted online and will be adhere to modified version of MLA, which will be discussed, too.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll may be taken at every class. After the third not-excused* absence, each absence will lower the final grade by five points. Late arrivals and early exits will count as half absences. A late arrival will be defined as an arrival after I have taken roll. If you arrive while I am taking roll, or after I take roll, it is your job to make sure I know you are present.Thus, please keep track of attendance.
If you hand in a plagiarized essay, you will get an F in the class, even if that essay has the least-heavily-weighted grade of the semester. 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 quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
WHILE YOU WRITE
You (yes, you!) are encouraged to take advantage of MSU Writing Center’s writing labs, located in BW224 and the Moffett Library Lounge (opposite the computer lab). The very clever and credible folks there will offer specific feedback on any writing assignment you bring them, but will not edit that assignment for you. Nor will they guarantee a grade. While some of the readers are also instructors, their role in the labs is as informed readers. Go to them. They usually have snacks.
You may also give me a draft at any point before a peer-review day, and I will go through it and be helpful and all sorts of wonderful things.