· Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Aaron, Jane. LB Brief. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2011. Print. (LB)
Johnson-Sheehan, Richard and Charles Paine. Writing Today. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print. (WT)
Loose-leaf paper Folder with pockets and brads
Note-taking materials At least 3 blank Blue Books
USB Stick (optional) Something to keep it all together
Contacting Your Instructor
All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. You can expect me to be available for writing advice, especially on drafts (see policy below). The best way to get help is to come by my office (BW 234) during office hours. Also, I am responsive to e-mail questions as long as you clearly identify yourself (in an academically professional manner with appropriate e-mail etiquette) and provide enough information for me to give you a complete answer. If you leave a voicemail message, please give your name, message and a return number. What you cannot expect is for me to be available 24/7. While I do check e-mail and voicemail regularly, including weekends, I do not necessarily check them more than a few times per day or late in the evenings.
Assignments % of Grade
2 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each)
ICE 1 (5%) + ICE 2 (5%) + Final (10%) 20%
3 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each)
FE 1 (5%) + FE 2 (10%) + FE 3 (10%) 25%
Annotated Bib. (10%) 10%
Final Research Paper (1500-word min.)(20%) 20%
Group Presentation(15%) 15%
Participation (10%) 10%
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%.
Individual assignments will use the following pattern: A+ = 99%; A = 96%; A- =93%; etc.
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” (73).
Consequently, essays that meet the basic requirements earn a C, not an A or B. If you wish to earn As and Bs, you will have to work harder to produce better than satisfactory, or average, writing.
Submission Format and Policy
All Formal Essays must be submitted typed in MLA format with approved topics, pre-writing, rehearsal drills, and required drafts in a folder containing all previous Formal Essay assignments.
By enrolling in this class, you expressly grant MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by you for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce your 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.
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. Theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated.
Plagiarism is a serious offense and a betrayal of trust. Drafts will accompany all Formal Essays, so you should save all drafts. If after a conference and informal investigation, students are found to have committed plagiarism, they will be referred to the Dean of Students, as outlined by the “Academic Misconduct” policy in the Student Handbook.
Work is due when called for in class. Late work can be submitted one day late (actual days, not class days) for a penalty of -10. Work can be submitted two days late for -20, but no work submitted after the two-day period will be accepted unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. For example, if an assignment is due Monday, one day late would be Tuesday. In the event of “Authorized Absences,” arrangements should be made to turn in work early. If work is missed, students should meet with the instructor to determine what can be made up. Additionally, no late work will be accepted more than 48 hours after the original deadline.
My policy is very simple and straightforward: if you have more than 6 absences excused or not, you fail the class. Please note that this is not an invitation to miss three weeks of class—class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course and to develop as a writer. In the unfortunate event that you accrue 7 or more absences before the last day to withdraw, you have the responsibility of withdrawing from the class.
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 any writing assignment or group work done during that period, and you miss any announcements regarding future assignments. Notify me in advance if you will not be able to make class; you may leave an email message. If you must miss class on a due date for an assignment, email it as an attachment or it will lose points. Consider it your responsibility to be here, prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish, nor gain as much as you could.
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
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.
Writing Proficiency Requirement
All students seeking a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they have 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 have 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.
Other Policies & Info:
This University is part of the academic community in which certain standards of behavior are upheld. Thus, certain guidelines will be observed during class:
Lateness: I expect you to be on time. If you are repeatedly late to class, I will simply begin marking you absent.
Preparedness: Students are expected to come to class prepared with materials and information. Students must ensure that they have read the assigned reading, as per the schedule. Each assignment should be read by the date it appears on the syllabus.
General Courtesy: Please silence cell phones in class. Resist the temptation to text during class; texting not only interferes with your ability to learn but also distracts your peers. Show respect to your classmates by listening to them when they speak.
Any student behaving in a disruptive manner will be asked once to stop the behavior. If the disruption continues, the student will be asked to leave and marked absent for the class. If a student is consistently disruptive in class, he or she will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.
MSU Writing Center
The MSU Writing Center provides tutoring and consulting to all members of the campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty. Anyone working on a shorter project (fewer than 5 pages) is welcome to visit one of the labs during the scheduled hours and participate in a 30-minute tutoring session. If you are working on a longer project or have questions, please contact the director, Dr. Kristen Garrison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bea Wood 224
Thurs., & Sun. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Moffett Library Lounge
Here are some general guidelines to make your session more productive:
1. Bring at least one copy of your draft.
2. Bring the assignment.
3. Take some time to determine the most pressing issue you wish to discuss.
Plan for a full, focused session. Understand that tutors cannot edit your paper; instead, the lab provides a space for you to get some productive feedback from experienced readers, who will offer specific suggestions for improving a specific essay and the overall quality of your writing.