Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignments % of Grade
4 In-Class Essays @
5% (ICE 1) + 10% (ICE 2) + 10% (ICE 3) + 15% (ICE 4) 40%
4 Formal, Typed Essays @
5% (FE 1) + 10% (FE 2) + 10% (FE 3) + 15% (FE 4) 40%
Participation and Attendance 10%
Quizzes/Worksheets/MyCompLab Assignments 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%.
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 ENGL 1123 is required for graduation from Midwestern.
All Formal Essays must be submitted typed in MLA format with stamped topics, pre-writing, rehearsal drills, and required drafts in a folder containing all previous Formal Essay assignments as described on each assignment sheet. For Formal Essays, electronic submissions of final copies will not be accepted unless arrangements are made beforehand. However, I encourage students to email drafts of their formal writings as much as possible. In-Class essays, unless arranged otherwise, will be written in blue books.
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.
Assignments and essays must be submitted at the beginning of class on the due date, or the work will be considered late. In the event of extenuating circumstances, the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible. Unless prior arrangements are made for extenuating circumstances, late assignments will be deducted 5% per day.
For excused absences (as per the student catalog), students must make prior arrangements to complete in-class work or to submit assignments.
Regular attendance is both encouraged and expected. Students may miss up to three class meetings without penalty. For students who miss more than three meeting times, the instructor will deduct 2% from the final grade per absence. Three tardy arrivals will count as one absence for grading purposes. Also, a missed conference counts as an absence.
For excused absences, students must ensure that the appropriate paperwork is complete.
Please note that being absent does not excuse you from turning in the required work for that day. Students should contact the instructor as soon as possible if there are extenuating circumstances.
No electronic devices should be turned on or visible during class. Any student seen with such a device out during class will be asked to put it away. Any student who must be asked twice to put the device away or any student whose device has gone off twice during class will be asked to leave and be marked absent. If the instructor sees any device in use during a quiz, in-class essay, or exam, the student’s paper will be picked up and receive zero credit. A student may also have a cell phone on vibrate in an emergency situation, but the instructor must be informed before class, and the student must sit so he or she is able to leave class with minimal disruption.
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.
Revisions for formal essays are optional. Revisions with substantial improvement in content, style, or organization will be “regraded,” and the new grade will be averaged with the original grade to get the final grade for the assignment. I cannot accept revisions later than two class meetings following the day the first graded versions are returned to students.