Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
Quizzes and homework 20%
Unit Test 1 10%
Unit Test 2 15%
Unit Test 3 20%
Unit Test 4 25%
Final Exam 10%
Each test will ask the student to read a passage, write a responsive paragraph, and answer questions about comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary.
This class will not use the plus/minus grading system. In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.
All in-class work must be written on standard white lined paper in pen. All outside class work must be typed, printed, and submitted according to current MLA requirements.
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.
All assigned work will be due on dates assigned at the beginning of the class. I do not accept late work.
Regular class attendance will be expected. Roll will be taken at every class. After the first cut, each additional two will lower your final grade one letter mark. Two late arrivals equal one cut. “Authorized Absences” (see Bulletin) will not be counted in this total. Such absences, though, DO NOT excuse students from turning in required work on TIME. Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See Bulletin and student handbook).
If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up. Missing work will be averaged as a zero. “I wasn’t here for this” will not be considered sufficient reason to excuse an individual student from completing required work.
Dropping this course can only be done the week preceding the university’s official drop date. You may drop the course with a grade of W if at that time you have not exceeded the number of absences allowed in the course and if reducing your course load does not affect your enrollment at MSU.
Cell phones must be turned off. Vibrating cell phones are a disturbance and will not be tolerated. If a student is caught using an electronic device during a test, that student will receive a 0 on that test. Any behavior that disturbs the learning environment will not be tolerated. I will give a warning once that a particular behavior is disruptive to the class. If that conduct continues, an instructor drop will be initiated.
The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.