Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:50 AM
Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision
Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic
Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English
In addition to the course textbook you must have the following supplies: a 2-3 inch binder that holds the textbook, class notes, and the course worksheets from D2L; a folder with front and back pockets and brads; notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper); pens and pencils; a highlighter; a non-electronic dictionary; and a "professional" e-mail chosen as "preferred" at mwsu.edu Webworld.
Assignment % of grade
8 grammar quizzes 20
4 writing assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 20
Final Writing 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%.
HOMEWORK: If you complete all homework during the semester, you will earn 2 points added to your final grade. Assigned exercises from the workbook may be completed in the book, unless otherwise noted on the syllabus. The homework that I collect will be marked with Yes, meaning your work demonstrated passing ability, or No, meaning your work did not demonstrate passing ability. With either mark, you receive credit for having completed the homework. No revision of homework is necessary. You will not receive credit for incomplete homework.
If you submit an in-class writing assignment without a folder, you will earn a 5-point deduction.
You may revise, type, and resubmit an in-class writing assignment that has earned less than a 70 in an attempt to earn a 70. You have one class day in which to submit a revision. For example, if I return your assignment on Monday, your revision is due the following Wednesday. You may submit only one revision per writing assignment.
All writing assignments must follow MLA Format. You may complete in-class writing assignments in pen or pencil. You must type all out-of-class writing assignments and revisions. Submit all in-class writing assignments and their revisions in the "Submitted Assignments" pocket of your composition folder.
The policy for submitting late work is as follows: I do not accept late homework. You made take a missed quiz or complete an in-class writing assignment before the quiz or writing assignment is returned in class, which is usually within a week. Therefore, if you miss a quiz on Monday, you must take the quiz during my office hours by class time on the following Monday. Work not completed in this time frame receives a 0. Make up these assignments in my office, BW 233.
If you have more than 6 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class during a regular semester), excused or not, you fail the course. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 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. Attendance is profitable because it provides you the opportunity to obtain necessary class work and homework to prepare for the quizzes and writing assignments. When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition. Those students who miss class excessively are often unprepared, find earning passing grades difficult, and lose the opportunity to gain the 2-point bonus for completed homework.
Being late to class regularly is irresponsible: 2 late arrivals count as an absence, 4 result in an instructor-student conference and possible failure. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.
Please don't feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy. DO NOT send me missed assignments; I am not responsible for printing your work. Copying missed lecture notes from a classmate is your responsibility.
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: I prefer face-to-face (BW 233) or e-mail contact (firstname.lastname@example.org). When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English. Do not text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Mrs. Green) and a signature (Your Name).
ACCESSABILITY: What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7. While I do check my e-mail and voicemail daily, excluding weekends, I do not check them more than once a day or late in the evening. You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I am very responsive to e-mail questions as long as I know who sent the message 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.
SAFETY: 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.
COURTESY: When I am speaking to the class, do not leave your desk or walk in front of me. If you arrive late to class, remain outside the classroom until I invite you into the room. When another student is speaking, listen. All cell phones and electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class. If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking. You may not eat in the classroom. Your drink must have a spill-proof lid. Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching or your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.