MWF 9:00 - 9:50
For each of the plays read in class, the student will either prepare a commentary or a take-home essay. The essays should be 3-5 pages long, commentaries 8-12, and should be submitted electronically on D2L. Papers should be double-spaced, 12 point font. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and neatness, as well as substance and clarity, will be taken into account in grading the commentaries. The commentaries must be free of plagiarism (see “Student Rights and Responsibilities” below) with all ideas from outside sources cited
Final Exam 150
The primary emphasis for this course will be on the analyses written for each play. Analyses are to be submitted using D2L, avoiding the need to find a printer before submission of the papers. D2L will accept papers several days before the due date and will no longer accept them beginning at the date and time designated in the class schedule. When the paper has been graded, D2L will send a notification to the student. Specific detail for the grading of the analyses, as well as the rubric, will be discussed in class.
Quizzes will be taken in D2L during the time slots designated in the class schedule. Each quiz will be 10 questions with the questions varied each time the quiz is taken. Each quiz will have 10 minutes of “active” working time. The students is required to take each quiz until a 90% or better is achieved. Grades for the quizzes will be based on the number of attempts.
perfect score on first attempt = 100%
90% on first attempt = 90%
90% on second attempt = 80%
90% on third attempt = 70%
90% on fourth attempt = 60%
90% on fifth attempt = 50%
90% on sixth attempt = 40%
90% on seventh attempt= 30%
90% on eighth attempt = 20%
90% on tenth attempt = 10%
failure to take the quiz = 0%
You are expected to do the assignments when they are assigned. Failure to do so will result in an inability to keep pace. All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline. Late assignments will not be accepted.
You are expected to attend all classes. Since no text book is require for the course, failure to attend class means missing important information. This class is, by its nature, participatory. Missing class means missing the chance to participate in your own education and the education of others in the class. The college policy allows for “five and you die”. You are allowed five fifty minutes absences beyond which you will be dropped from the class by the professor. Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late. If you need to miss class due to a religious holiday, please see the professor as far in advance as possible. If you need to miss class due to a university-sponsored event such as a field trip or sporting event, please see the professor as far in advance as possible. You will be required to complete the assigned work on or before the due date and you will be required to submit an official form from the university before your absence. Please note that work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, hangovers, intramural games, visitors from out of town, fixing your roommate’s computer, fraternity/sorority events, arguments with boyfriends/girlfriends and studying for other classes do NOT constitute excused absences.
Dishonest work on homework or on examinations is a serious offense, as is plagiarism. The university and the professor will not tolerate either one. If either occurs, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The 2002-2003 Student Senate wrote and adopted the MSU Student Honor Creed. The highlight of the creed is “As an MSU students, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.” Enough said.
Students with disabilities or who are in need of special arrangements should see the professor as early as possible in the semester. Please not that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request form.
Social justice is one of MSU’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age or ability. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment. Be civil at all times and focus on understanding the material being discussed.
Cell phone use in class is prohibited. If your cell phone rings during a class, you may be asked to leave the classroom and receive an absence for the day. No texting. Again, you may be asked to leave the classroom. Please don’t make this an issue, just turn off the phone during our class. If other commitments are so pressing that they cannot wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority placed on being in this class. In any case, the professor reserves the right to ask the student to leave immediately or to embarrass the student mercilessly if their phone etc makes noise during class.
Federal privacy law prohibits the professor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases, the professor cannot discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not ask them to call the professor. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professor’s general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
In short: Be on time. Be awake. Be prepared. Be engaged. Ask questions. Study. Come ready to be a scholar or stay at home.