Class meets Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. PY 102
Office hours: Monday/Wednesday 8-11 a.m.
Tuesday/Thursday 11-12 and again from 2-3 p.m.
Course Goals: * Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specfic 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 (SWE)
Additional Information: The English Department's home page is http://www.mwsu.edu/english. Resources for many of our courses can be found at our home page under Course Descriptiobs.
Reminder: We have a reading/writing lab in the BW/PY and it is located on the 2nd floor: Room # BW 224. Located in the upper corner.
Assignment % of Grade
8 quizzes 20%
4 Writing Assignments 40%
Final Grammar Test 20%
Final Essay Test 20%
Assigned exercises from the workbook may be completed on the book. The homework that I collect will be marked with YES, meaning your work demonstrated your skill ability or No, meaning your work did not demonstrate the ability. With either mark, you receive credit for having completed the homework.
All writing assignments must follow MLA format. You may complete in-class writings in pen or pencil. You must typse all out-of-class writing assignments. Submit in-class writing assignments in a homework folder that contains pockets.
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.
Grading Policies: Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A = 100-90% ; B = 89-90% ; C= 79-70% ; D = 79 - 70% ; F = 59 - 0%.
If you earn less than a 70 on an in-class writing assignment, you may improve, type, and submit the assignment to earn a 70 by going to the lab or a tutorial with me. Submit this rewrite and the original assignment in your homework folder. You have one class day in which to submit this rewrite.
For example, if i return your original on Tuesday, your rewritten assignment is due in class on Thursday.
The policy for submitting late work is as follows: Late homework is not accepted. A missed quiz or in-class writing may be taken before the quiz or essay is returned in clas, which is usually within a week. Therefore, if you miss a quiz or writing on Monday, you must take the quiz or complete the writing assignment before class time on the floowing Monday. Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of ). Make up these assignments during my office hours.
I prefer that you call me during my office hours as well. You have my email, but it may take me several hours before contacting you.
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 requirews that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accomodation 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).
See expectations and remember MLA format only!
See grading standards!
Attendance in this class is profitable. Students who come to class obtain necessary class work and homework to prepare for the quizzes and writing assignments. Those students who miss class excessively (defined by MSU as more than twice in a MW or TR class) are unprepared, find earning passing grades difficult, and lose the opportunity to gain the 2 point bonus.
If you have more than 4 absences (the equivalent of 2 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 2 weeks of 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. When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition.
Please do not feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy. Consider it your responsibility to be here and be prepared for class, or you will not do as well as you wish nor gain as much as you could.
Be on time: If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent. if extenutating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know. 2 tardies = 1 absence.
Practice Courtesy: When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me. If you arrive late to class, remain outside the classroom until I stop speaking. When another student is speaking, listen. All cell phones and other 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. Eating and drinking are not allowed in the classroom. Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching and your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.
See grading standards as well.
Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (aparentetical 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.
At the least, plagiarism will result in a 0 on the assignment; at worst, the consequence will be an automatic F for the course. I will follow the reporting procedures required by the Dean of Students.