Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.--6:50 p.m.
· Write original, thesis-based essays that provide strong support, specific details, and demonstrate familiarity with MLA format.
Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
o 4 In-Class Essays (350-word minimum each; includes final exam, which will be the fourth In-Class Essay).
o 3 Formal, Revised Essays (750-word minimum).
o 1 Research Paper (1500-word minimum) which incorporates 3 legitimate secondary sources.
Writing assignments will require students to produce approximately 5000 words of graded writing and will count for 90% of the final grade:
In-Class Essay 1 = 5%, In-Class Essay 2 = 10%, In-Class Essay 3 = 10%, In-Class Essay 4 = 15%
Formal Essay 1 = 10%, Formal Essay 2 = 10%, Formal Essay 3 = 10%
Research Paper = 20%
The other 10% of your grade will consist of:
In-class quizzes and grammar exercises = 5%
Preparedness and participation in class activities, discussions, readings = 5%
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%. Note: As per official MSU policy, you must earn a C or higher in order to pass this course.
A indicates excellent work
B indicates good work
C indicates satisfactory work
Essays that meet the basic requirements will earn a C, not an A or a B. If you desire to earn As or Bs, you will have to work hard to produce writing that is better than average/satisfactory.
Papers may be printed and handed in or submitted via e-mail.
Unfortunately, life sometimes intervenes and prevents one from turning his or her assignment in on time. If extenuating circumstances prevent your turning in an assignment on its due date, please inform me in advance via e-mail, an office visit, or a phone call (e-mail is the best option). Late papers/assignments MAY be accepted, but points will be deducted for every day the assignment is late (and that includes weekends). The amount of points deducted shall depend upon the specific circumstances regarding each late assignment. If one has a legitimate, verifiable reason for turning in an assignment late, there may be no loss of points at all. Students without legitimate and verifiable reasons for handing in late work will see their grades decrease by 5 to 10 points per day—including weekends—that it is late. This policy is somewhat subjective, so please contact me ahead of time if you are unable to complete an assignment by its due date. If you work with me, I’ll be much more inclined to work with you. However, this is not an invitation to turn in late work continually. If students take advantage of this policy it will be abrogated in favor of a zero tolerance policy whereby no late work will be accepted. Late work includes anything that is turned in after the beginning of class on the due date.
Regular class attendance is expected and required. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class. After four unexcused absences, each additional absence will lower your final grade by one-half a letter grade (some 5 points). If you have an emergency, please contact me ahead of time (or as soon as possible afterword) and you may, depending on the circumstances, be able to get your absence excused, in which case it will not count toward the four unexcused absences. Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss four classes without consequences. Your goal in this course is to learn and to endeavor to become better writers, and missing class hampers your capacity to do that. Moreover, class attendance will be taken into account with regard to the participation element of your final grade.
Cell phones are taboo in the classroom. Please turn off your cell phones upon entering class. If you have an emergency and need to monitor your cell phone, please inform me beforehand and I’ll attempt to accommodate you. Otherwise, cell phones will not be allowed in class. If you have your cell phone out I reserve the right to confiscate it. And anyone using a cell phone during a quiz, exam, or in-class writing assignment will receive an automatic F for that assignment. Multiple infractions will result in your being expelled from this class. Moreover, disruptive behavior WILL NOT be tolerated. You all are adults and are expected to act as such. Those who insist on acting like children and/or inhibiting other students’ ability to concentrate and learn will be dealt with accordingly.