· Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Assignments % of Grade
4 In-Class Essays (350-word min. each)
5% (ICE 1) + 10% (ICE 2) + 10% (ICE 3) + 15% (ICE 4) = 40%
4 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word min. each)
5% (FE 1) + 10% (FE 2) + 10% (FE 3) + 15% (FE 4) = 40%
Quizzes, Weekly Writing Assignments, and Participation = 20%
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%.
Submission Format and Policy
All Formal Essays must be submitted typed in MLA format with any assigned topics, pre-writings, rehearsal drills, and required drafts.
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.
Late Paper/Assignment Policy
For each day (not class day or weekday, day) an essay is late, that essay’s grade will be lowered by one letter grade (ten points). Essays handed in on the due date, but after class, will lose five points. Missing work will receive a grade of zero. No papers will be accepted more than five (5) days late.
Come to class! Regular attendance is expected. I will take roll at the beginning of every class. If you know you will have to miss a class, notify me in advance (have a good reason). If you miss more than nine (9) classes, you will receive an F for the course.
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. Remember to save all drafts (they must be turned in with Formal Essays). A plagiarized essay (first offense) will receive no credit, and the student will be given a warning. A second offense will result in a failing grade for the course. If after a conference and informal investigation, a student is found to have committed plagiarism, he/she will be referred to the Dean of Students, as outlined by the “Academic Misconduct” policy in the Student Handbook. Please note: reproducing facts or data from an outside source without proper citation is plagiarism.
Put away your cell phones during class. If you use a cell phone during a quiz or an exam, you will not receive credit for the assignment.
Come to class prepared. Make sure you have read any assigned readings (that’s why they are assigned).
Don’t be disruptive. A student behaving in a disruptive manner will be asked to leave the class and will be marked absent. Any student who is consistently disruptive will be reported to the Dean of Students and potentially dropped from the course.