MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.
In-Class Essays: 350-word minimum each 30%
ICE-1: Diagnostic Essay 2%
ICE-2: Rhetorical Analysis 5%
ICE-3: Commentary 8%
ICE-4: Final Exam 15%
Formal, Revised Essays: 750-word minimum each 50%
FE-1: Memoir 10%
FE-2: Review 10%
FE-3: TBD 10%
FE-4: Argument 20%
Weekly Journals: (200-word minimum each) 15%
Quizzes, Classwork, Participation, etc. 5%
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%.
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 (p. 73).
Important: For freshmen or transfer students entering Midwestern in the fall of 2011 or later, a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1113 is a prerequisite for enrolling in ENGL 1123, and a grade of C or higher in 1123 is required for graduation from MSU.
All formal, revised essays must be submitted in hard copy (typed, printed) and digital formats. Both must be submitted by the start of class on the due date.
All assignments and announcements for this course will be posted on www.mycomplab.com, and you must submit all drafts and papers through that website. Check your Assignments, Recommended Resources, and the Calendar regularly. The website allows me to compare your draft and your final paper, and it also does a source check for accidental or deliberate plagiarism.
All formal, revised essays must be formatted according to MLA guidelines (see p. 468 in your LB Brief for an overview) and any written or stated directions from the instructor. Essays that are not submitted in the required format will be returned ungraded and students will have to resubmit them for a late grade.
Any essays that do not meet the minimum word count will earn an automatic failing grade.
Note on drafts: Please note that drafts are required. One of the course objectives for 1113 is to help students view writing as a process and break the habit of writing a paper the night before it is due. An essay cannot earn a passing grade if it is submitted without the required draft(s). While an essay can earn a passing grade without peer reviews, peer reviews do count toward the final essay grade. Failure to bring a complete draft to peer review will negatively affect the overall essay grade. Peer review drafts must also be submitted on MyCompLab by the start of class on peer review day.
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” to all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s 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.
Deadlines are crucial, both in the classroom and in the “real world.” With the exception of formal, revised essays, no late work will be accepted. All assignments must be completed and submitted by the assigned due date and time (clarification: if you are late to class on a due date, your assignment will be considered late). Late submissions will not be read and will receive a grade of zero.
Because formal, revised essays comprise so much of the course grade and because I understand that students do have lives and responsibilities outside of my classroom, I will offer each student ONE opportunity over the course of the semester to submit an assignment after the due date. Late essays will lose 10% off the final grade for each day they are late. No late work will be accepted more than 48 hours past the original deadline. This means that if an essay is due at 12:00 on Friday, it will not be accepted beyond 12:00 on Sunday.
Finally, please plan ahead. Printer or computer-related excuses will not be accepted as justification for late arrivals on due dates. If you choose to wait until 10 minutes before the due date to submit or print assignments, you should be prepared to accept the consequences of any unforeseen problems that might arise.
This class relies heavily on participation and collaboration. As a result, excessive absences cannot be tolerated. Students who accumulate more than six (6) absences, excused or unexcused, over the course of the semester will be dropped from the course with a grade of F. In the event that you accumulate 6 or more absences prior to the drop date, it is YOUR responsibility to withdraw from the class in order to avoid a failing grade. If you miss class on an essay due date, you must still submit your assignment on MyCompLab to avoid late penalties.
Please communicate with me. If you know you are going to be absent for whatever reason, contact me before the missed class to let me know. Be sure to check MyCompLab to see what you missed in class before asking me about assignments or lecture content.
With few exceptions, you may not make up any assignments missed due to absences. If you have a planned, excused absence, you must make arrangements beforehand to complete any assignments you may miss.
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. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.
We will spend time as a class discussing plagiarism, what it is, and how to avoid it. This class is formatted in such a way that no outside sources should be required unless otherwise specified; therefore, plagiarism should not be an issue. Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity, and as a result, no warnings will be given. Students who plagiarize or commit any other form of academic dishonesty will receive an F in the course and face disciplinary proceedings as outlined in the MSU student handbook.
Students who are unsure whether or not they are engaging in plagiarism while writing a formal essay should feel free to ask the instructor, either in person or by email, prior to the due date.
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.
Contact 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. Unless you are calling during posted office hours email will likely be the quickest way to get a response.
Please allow at least 2 weekdays for me to respond to your email before you send another. I will attempt to get to your emails as quickly as possible, but I do not promise immediate responses. In most cases, I will not respond to emails received on weekends until the following Monday.
Arrive to class on time and ready to participate. If you arrive after I begin class, you will be marked tardy. You get two “freebie” late arrivals. After the third, I will simply begin marking you absent without warning. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late are welcome to come in and participate in class, but will receive an absence for the day. If you do arrive late, please be considerate of me and your fellow classmates. I will not waste your classmates’ class time answering questions about what you missed—you will have to ask me after class or ask a classmate for notes.
Come to class every day prepared. Complete all readings and out of class assignments on time. If you are not prepared to discuss the assigned readings or do not bring required materials to class, I reserve the right to mark you absent without warning and/or ask you to leave class for the day. If you arrive on a peer review day without a complete draft, you will be marked absent and lose points on your overall essay grade.
Please be respectful to me and your classmates. I do not want to be the “cell phone police,” but I do expect all students to keep their phones on silent (NOT vibrate!) and out of sight during class time. This is not an invitation to text/tweet/Facebook/watch Youtube videos under the desk. If I see you using your phone during class, I reserve the right to mark you absent for the day without warning. If cell phone use in class becomes a repeated problem, your participation grade will be dropped to zero and you will be asked to leave class until you can focus on something other than an iPhone screen.
You may not use any electronic devices during in-class writings, quizzes, or any other graded assignment. If I see or hear any device during exams, essays, or quizzes, you will receive an automatic zero on the assignment.
I highly encourage participation—in fact, I will reward it! Just remember that your classmates have valuable input as well. I expect all students to treat one another with respect, even when they disagree. I will not tolerate any hateful, rude, spiteful, or otherwise inappropriate comments or behavior in class. If any of you ever feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe in this class for any reason, please let me know so that I can address the problem. Disruptive behavior will also not be tolerated. If you are rude or disruptive in class, you will receive one warning. After that, I reserve the right to drop you from the class. Personal attacks and harassment of any kind will never be tolerated from anyone.
You do not have to ask permission to leave class to go to the restroom, get a drink of water, etc. Exception: You may not leave class during in-class writings, quizzes, exams, or while classmates are presenting.
University Writing Labs
I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the MSU Writing Labs located in 224 Bea Wood and the Moffett Library. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing.
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.