Gorrell, Donna. LB Workbook: custom edition for Midwestern State University. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2010
ISBN 13: 978-0-558-79024-0
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
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Assignments % of Grade
8 Quizzes 20
4 Writing Assignments 40
Final Grammar Test 15
Final Essay Exam 20
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.
Label a folder with brads and pockets accordingly:
ENGL 2113- 101
Late Paper/Assignment Policy
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.
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.
The best and easiest way for you to improve in this course is to write drafts. Drafts are not required—they are your responsibility. On each draft, I will identify 2-4 “targets” for improvement and will make suggestions about how you should proceed. Usually (not on weekends) I will get drafts back to you the next day, sometimes the same day. If you want an even faster response, bring a draft to my office during office hours.
Writing Proficiency Requirement
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:
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.
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.
Key: *—materials to be printed from D2L; PREPARATION—work to be completed before that day’s class; Chomp—chompchomp.com interactive exercises to be completed online;
The following course syllabus (calendar) is subject to change. You will be notified about changes right away.