Secondary Reading and Language Arts

Course Details

Course Number: 4253  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Bea Wood Hall

Classroom Number: 226

Days & Times:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:50 pm



Course Attachments

  READ 4253 Syllabus MW Spring 2013-20130124-150623.pdf

Textbooks

In the Middle, 2nd edition
by Atwell, Nancie
  ISBN: 0-86709-374-9

The Great Gatsby (any publisher)
by Fitzgerald, F. Scott
  ISBN: 978-0-7432-7356-5

The Lost Art of Reading *optional
by Ulin, David L
  ISBN: 13:978-1-57061-670-9

MSU Faculty Member
Becky Green   
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Course Objectives

 

  • Design, implement, and present instruction of the secondary English language arts: writing, reading, listening/speaking, and viewing/representing
  • Practice critical and creative thinking in the development of a writing/reading workshop
  • Research, plan, incorporate, and present findings as a team at a professional conference

Course Expectations

 

Email contact is preferred: becky.green@mwsu.edu.  My other contact information is on page 1. 
 

When writing an e-mail message, follow conventions of standard written English.  Do not use text-code when you write, 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.

 You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I am very responsive to email questions as long as I know who the email is from and have all information necessary to provide a complete answer. Please speak slowly and comprehensibly if leaving a voicemail message so that I can decipher your name, message, and return phone number as well.


Grading Standards

 

Assignment                                                                  % of Grade

TAIR Conference attendance (Sat., March 2, 7:45 am-3:00 pm)

TAIR Conference contribution and experience paper         10

Writing Minilesson                                                                     10

Reading Minilesson                                                                  10

Research Project                                                                       50

The Great Gatzby contribution                                                10

Class participation                                                                    10

 

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%.

 

In lieu of taking a final examination, please meet me in our classroom at 5:45 PM to retrieve your research project.


Final Exam5/8/2013  5:45-7:45 PM

Submission Format Policy

 

All writing assignments must follow MLA format.  You may use either pen or pencil to complete the initial in-class assignment.  You must type all out-of-class assignments.  Submit all assignments in a folder with pockets.



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 Paper Policy

 

The policy for submitting late work is as follows:  If you are unable to submit an assignment when it is due (as noted on the course syllabus), send me an e-mail before the due date requesting an extension. After you receive my response, print out correspondence as evidence of the extension and include it with your assignment on the newly scheduled date.

Late work that does not follow this procedure will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero.


Plagiarism Policy 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.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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 Zones 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.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

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.  If you miss class, you miss valuable participation and peer support, as well as announcements regarding future assignments.   

 

Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences.  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.


Other Policies

 

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).

I consider 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 my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment. 

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:  If you arrive late to class, remain outside the classroom if I or a fellow student is making a presentation.  If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when a lesson or presentation ends.  Disruptive behavior—which prevents me from teaching, your peers from learning, and all of us from writing and reading—is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent. 

 All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class.    Eating and drinking are not allowed in the classroom.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.