Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:50 pm
Email contact is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org. My other contact information is on page 1. When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English. Do not use text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Mrs. Green,) and a signature (your name).
What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7. While I do check my email and voicemail, excluding weekends, I do not necessarily check them more than once a day or late in the evenings.
A 2 to 3 inch three-ring binder
A folder with pockets and brads (See the instructions on page 8)
notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper)
pens/pencils and a highlighter
a non-electronic dictionary
a student email account: email@example.com
Label a folder with brads and pockets accordingly:
ENGL 2113- *
*Place your class number after the course number.
to be graded
If your folder is navy blue or black, use white labels, which I have.
I will also make a black marker available during class.
Assignment % of Grade
8 quizzes 20
4 in-class writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 20
(Grammar Final—Wednesday, May 1 during class)
Final Essay Exam 20
Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
If you complete all homework during the semester, you will receive 2 points added to your final grade.
If you earn less than a 70 on an in-class writing assignment, you may improve, type, and resubmit the assignment once in an attempt to earn a 70. Submit this rewrite and the original assignment in your composition folder. You have one class day in which to make this submission. For example, if I return your original on Monday, your rewritten assignment is due in class on the following Wednesday.
Assigned exercises from the workbook may be completed in the book. The homework that I collect will be marked with Yes, meaning your work was passing, or No, your work was failing. With either mark, you receive credit for having completed the homework.
All writing assignments must follow MLA format. You may use either pen or pencil to complete in-class assignments. You must type all out-of-class writing assignments. Submit all in-class writing assignments and their rewrites in a composition folder that contains both pockets and brads.
The policy for submitting late work is as follows: Late homework is not accepted. A missed quiz or in-class writing assignment may be taken before the quiz or essay is returned in class, which is usually within a week. Therefore, if you miss a quiz or writing on Monday, you must take the quiz or complete the writing assignment before class time on the following Monday. Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of zero. Make-up these assignments in BW 233 during my office hours.
If you have more than 6 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 3 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 writer. When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition.
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 the opportunity to submit homework and to earn the 2 bonus points, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments. Consider it your responsibility to be present and prepared for class so that you can do as well as you wish and gain as much as you can.
Be on time: If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.
Practice courtesy: When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me. If you arrive late to class and I have begun teaching, remain outside in the hallway until I invite you into the room. When another student is speaking, listen.
All cell phones and other electronic devices are disruptive, so silence and put them away during class. Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching and your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.
If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking.
Eating and drinking are not allowed in the classroom.