MWF 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
· Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
· Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision
· Demonstrate proficient use of standard written English
· Find, evaluate, and synthesize credible sources in support of a research paper
· Document sources responsibly and follow a designated style guide
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Formal Essay #1: Rhetorical Analysis
Formal Essay #2: Research Proposal and Working Bibliography
Formal Essay #3: Rogerian Argument
In-class Essay #1: Rogerian Response
In-class Essay #2: Position Essay
Annotated Bibliography (6 sources)
Research Paper (min. 4 sources)
Ethos, Logos, Pathos Presentation
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.
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” (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.
All assignments are to be typed and formatted—and outside sources documented—according to MLA style; additionally, all portfolio assignments must be submitted in your project portfolio. All essays are due the day stated on the schedule or announced in class. Written assignments must be handed in a folder with stamped work, peer reviews, revision reflections and all required drafts as described on each assignment prompt or announced in class. Failure to submit any of the required materials will result in a 3 point deduction from the assignment’s grade per missing item. For students to receive extra credit for participation, students must turn in the participation sheet with the assignment as stated in “Other Policies.”
By enrolling in this class, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in 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.
If you know that you will be absent on an assignment’s due date, arrange with me to turn in your work early for full credit. Late assignments, defined in the above submission policy, will lose 10% off the final grade per day that they are late (including weekends). Additionally, no late work will be accepted more than 48 hours after the original deadline. Extensions will be given at my discretion if requested for a good reason and at least one day before the due date.
The Ethos, Logos, Pathos Presentation and the Group Debate may not be made up, and the student will receive a zero. Additionally, if students fail to bring a hardcopy of their drafts (prepared according to the assignment prompt) to a peer-edit class, they will be penalized on the final draft grade as stated in the prompt.
If a student misses an in-class essay or the student knows she/he will miss an in-class essay, the student must provide a note from a doctor, dean, or coach, or for religious holidays, or let me know prior to the absence and we will arrange to complete the in-class essay prior to the authorized absence. If the absence is due to an emergency, contact me ASAP. If the absence is due to sickness, send me an email before class begins.
Note: If a student misses a peer review due to an excused absence, the student is responsible for contacting the instructor prior to the missed class meeting in order to determine the appropriate course of action for completing and submitting the peer editing no later than the class meeting following the original due date.
My policy requires self-responsibility: absences may result in missed in-class assignments, which will result in three-point deductions per missing item on assignments. If you are absent, you cannot participate. I will not penalize further for absences. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 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. 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. 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.
Attendance and participation play a crucial part in not only passing this class but also becoming a more effective communicator. Information from lectures/discussions will not always follow textbooks, and graded in-class assignments may not always be announced or appear on the syllabus. Make-up-in-class assignments will not be given unless you provide a note from a doctor, dean, or coach, or for religious holidays, or if you let me know prior to the absence. If you are sick, send me an email before class begins. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances if you explain your situation to me. It is your responsibility to explain your absence to me; if you do not do so, you will not be given the opportunity to make-up surprise in-class assignments.
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 quote, paraphrase, or summary. Take credit for and pride in your own work; I expect you to produce everything you submit for class. I do not want to see essays written by your friend, roommate, parent, or pet or downloaded from one of the myriad Internet databases offering hot papers--keep in mind that the Internet is equally available to all, including your teachers. We will spend lots of time in this class discussing responsible and appropriate methods for citing sources of information, and I expect you to adhere meticulously to these methods.
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 outlined in section F (Academic Dishonesty) of the Student Handbook.
Lateness: I expect you to attend class on time and will not wait for students to arrive. Any information missed due to lateness is your responsibility to retrieve. I, however, am not responsible for remembering when students arrive to class and what information they miss. If a student arrives during a surprise in-class assignment, the student will not receive credit for the assignment. Please let me know if extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving promptly.
Preparation: I also expect you to be prepared and participate in class. If you do not have the required materials or fail to participate in discussions, group work, or workshops, you will not receive credit for the in-class assignment. I also will add three points to assignments if students turn in a sheet with three times that they participated. Students must provide the date of participation and a specific statement about the participation.
General Courtesy: Please turn off cell phones or put them on vibrate. You are welcome to use your phone for note-taking and other class/learning activities, but 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. If you need to get a drink of water or blow your nose or use the restroom, simply leave as quietly as possible; you don't need my permission or a hall pass, but please make an effort to avoid disrupting class.
A Final Thought: Your grade will reflect your effort. I will extend office hours and work with you as much as you need, but ultimately, you must take full responsibility for this class. My hope, and intention, is to have a worthwhile, interesting class in which we meet a few hours a week to talk about writing and help you develop as writers.