Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details
Assignments % of Grade
2 In-Class Essays @ 10% each 20%
3 Formal, Typed Essays @ 10% each 30%
1 Final Research Paper (1500-word min) 20%
1 Final Exam Essay (In-Class) 15%
Tests/Quizzes/Participation/MCL Assignments 10%
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.
This class will not use the plus/minus grading system for final grades. 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
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, work.
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 10% per calendar day.
For excused absences (as per the student catalog), students must make prior arrangements to complete in-class work or to submit assignments.
You are expected to come to class. To succeed in this class, it is in your best interest to attend class regularly and participate in class discussions. Students are allotted six absences before failing the class. Your attendance and participation are linked to 5% of your final grade; a lack of either could potentially be detrimental to your final grade. Each of the first six classes missed will result in a deduction of 1/6 of 5% from the student’s final, cumulative grade. Upon the seventh absence, the student will receive an “F” for the class. Also, three late arrivals will count as one unexcused absence. For definition, arrival after the instructor has begun the lecture constitutes a late arrival. For excused absences, students must ensure that the appropriate paperwork is complete.
*Please note that missing a scheduled conference time counts as three unexcused absences. If you cannot make your scheduled conference time for whatever reason, notify me and reschedule prior to the original conference time.*
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.
Steps for Turning in a Revised Formal Essay:
1. The student must revise the essay according to the professor’s comments and suggestions.
2. The student must take his or her paper to the Writing Center for a peer tutoring session, OR the student must schedule a time with the professor to go over the essay and address any additional comments.
3. The new, revised essay must be returned in the student’s folder, along with the original formal essay (with its various pre-writing materials) and the graded rubric.