Additional information about course objectives can be found on the department webpage, http://libarts.mwsu.edu/english/.
2 in-class paragraphs (5% each) 10%
4 in-class essays, including final (10% each) 40%
4 out-of-class essays (10%, 10%, 15%, 15%) 50%
Writing assignments will require approximately 5000 words of graded writing, with in-class papers being approximately 350 words and out-of-class papers being 700-800 words.
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%. The Writing Competency Rubric (copy attached) contains the standards by which your writing will be evaluated. Make it your friend. Written handouts explaining what is required and expected in each paper will complement the Writing Competency Rubric
All papers must be submitted in the format prescribed by the Modern Language Association (see our text for specific requirements).
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.
All out-of-class papers are due at the beginning of class, 9:30, on the day specified on the course calendar (copy attached). Late papers turned in within 24 hours of this time will be lowered one letter grade. Papers more than 24 hours late will not be accepted
Attendance and participation are essential for success in this class. If you must miss a class, let me know ahead of time (email or voicemail) and take full responsibility for all that is covered in the class that you miss
The best and easiest way for you to improve in this course is to write drafts. Drafts are not required—they are your responsibility. On each draft, I will identify 2-4 “targets” for improvement and will make suggestions about how you should proceed. Usually (not on weekends) I will get drafts back to you the next day, sometimes the same day. If you want an even faster response, bring a draft to my office during office hours. Why wait until you get a grade to try to improve a paper? Think about it.
Revisions are also 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.
Writing Labs Policy
I encourage you to begin drafting papers as early as possible and to take advantage of the MSU Writing Labs located in 224 Bea Wood and RC246 Moffett Library. Writing tutors will not edit your papers for you, but they will provide you with specific suggestions for improving your writing.