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First-Year Composition101-03 (Sports Theme)  MWF 11:00-11:50
Fall 2021
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This is a "real time" syllabus that will be regularly updated and reflect our progress throughout the semester. You can easily check it from a mobile device or from any computer.

The syllabus consists of the Reading Schedule and Course Policies. You are responsible for understanding and following the reading schedule and the course policies, which are in effect from the first day of class. Please read them carefully (and review them throughout the semester). Please see me if you have any questions.

Think of the syllabus as a flexible guide. It will structure our semester, but we will adjust it to fit our needs as the semester progresses. Not all assignments and quizzes are listed at the beginning of the semester; some will be added throughout the semester. It may also be necessary to finish some readings/writing assignments the following class period, in which case I will update the syllabus after each class. Again, be sure to check the syllabus regularly.

You do not need to print the syllabus, but if you decide to, be sure to check the online syllabus regularly for new information, added assignments, or reading schedule changes. The print icon above is for print copies.

Our main vehicle this semester for course content will be the Course Website, but it is linked to Canvas, which we will use for some things, such as discussion posts or for accessing video. We will not use the Canvas Gradebook; instead, the Grade Sheet on our Course Notes page (on the course website) will help you track assignments and grades.

We will use three texts for the course to help you learn about the writing process as well as writing about sports. These texts are not an unnecessary expense or burden but rather helpful resources we will use in class and you will use outside of class to help you become a more effective writer. You will use the grammar handbook, Rules for Writers, for this course, English 202, and other courses until you graduate. The following acronyms are used on the Reading Schedule.

TSGW=The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
SL=Sports in Literature
RW=Rules for Writers

Readings and assignments should be finished for the day assigned. For example, chapter 1 from TSGW should be read (completed) by September 10, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book(s) you need to bring.

SEPTEMBER
Monday Wednesday Friday
30 AUGUST




 
01 SEPTEMBER




03 Course Introduction: Why Write about Sports?

First-Day Quiz

Review Course Website (Syllabus, Course Notes)/Canvas site

06 Labor Day 08 Review Course Website (Syllabus, Course Notes)/Canvas site

TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy (Begin discussing this chapter)
10 TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy

Review First-Day Quiz
13 TSGW - Finish Ch 1

Introduction - Sports Poetry Analysis: Choose ONE poem (below) to analyze  (See Course Notes)

SL--Sports poetry (Read these poems--"In the Pocket" (p 24); "The Sprinters" (p 121); "The Pitcher" (pp 19-20)


Planning:  See cluster diagram, TSGW, 420-21.  Try this for the poem you wish to write about 



15 Sports Poetry Analysis (see Course Notes)

Discuss poems - SL

Bring your cluster diagram (TSGW) to class for the poem you will write about

Drafting strategies: Have draft for Friday's class (quotations - see Course Notes).  Focus on thesis statement, formatting, paragraphing (topic sentences)



17 TSGW - Ch 13 Cueing the Reader

SL - Sports Poetry Analysis (quotations - see Course Notes)

Finish discussing "In the Pocket" (SL)

Bring the following to class for discussion:
**Cluster diagram
**Draft (Bring a hard copy or your laptop/tablet.  Even if you bring your laptop, you might bring a hard copy too.)  **Focus on thesis statement



20 TSGW -Finish Ch 13

SL - Sports Poetry Analysis

Bring the following to class:
**Cluster diagram
**Draft (Bring a hard copy or your laptop/tablet.  Even if you bring your laptop, you might bring a hard copy too.)  **Focus on supporting points: examples/quotations--analysis

RW - Ch 14 Coordination & Subordination: (Preview this chapter/Concept: What is Coordination? Subordination?)


22 Finish TSGW, Ch 13 (transitions)

Introduction - Essay 1: Evaluation Essay (Movie Review) of movie The Grizzlies

Taking notes for a movie

PPt Notes--In class
Audience Sheet--Course Notes (Preview this)

TSGW - Ch 8: Preview to get a sense of key ideas/strtegies

Watch The Grizzlies by 9/28 (Access on Canvas)

Take notes during and after watching the movie.  Do not look up reviews online to avoid plagiarism
24 Essay 1 - Planning

Taking notes for a movie

Developing criteria

TSGW - Invention Strategy--Scratch Outline, pp 422-23
Audience Sheet--Course Notes

TSGW - Ch 8, p 320 (Organizing an evaluation)

Sports Poetry Analysis Due at the beginning of class

27 Essay 1 - Planning

Discuss these reviews
TSGW - Ch 8: Scott Pilgrim review, pp 292-97; Moana (Disney) review, pp  297-300. Also, pp 289-291; 300-301; 305-306 

Have notes on Ch 8

**Judgment, p 316
**Reasons, p 317
**Organization, p 320

Review Scratch Outline & Audience Sheet

Outside of Class
**
Once you screen the movie, begin working on your scratch outline and aud sheet


29 Essay 1 - Planning

Discuss these reviews
TSGW - Ch 8: Scott Pilgrim review, pp 292-97; Moana (Disney) review, pp  297-300. Also, pp 289-291; 300-301; 305-306

Begin discussion of The Way Back (Bring movie notes to class)

**Judgment, p 316
**Reasons, p 317
**Organization, p 320

 Outside of Class
**
Once you screen the movie, work on your scratch outline and audience sheet


01 OCTOBER - See below















OCTOBER
Monday Wednesday Friday
27 SEPTEMBER - See above











29  SEPTEMBER - See above











01 Essay 1 - Planning

Discuss The Grizzlies (Bring movie notes to class)

**Bring to your scratch outline & aud sheet
**I will go around class and look at your movie notes

TSGW, Ch 8 as needed

Outside of class
For Monday, you might begin drafting your review over the weekend: intro paragraph.  See TSGW for advice (sample reviews; p 322)

04 Essay 1 - Drafting in class: Bring your laptop to class 

**
Audience sheet & scratch outline should be completed 

Work on drafting pgs 1-1.5 of your review.  Focus on judgment, plot summary, and reasons 

Bring movie/class notes, scratch outline, audience sheet, TSGW (pp 315-22/sample reviews)

RW - Ch 14 (Coordination and Subordination)




06  Essay 1 - Drafting in class: Bring your laptop to class

You'll continue your draft in progress.You should have completed at least 1.5 pages of your draft. Focus on judgment and reasons; conclusion

**I will check scratch outlines + audience sheets

Work on pgs 1.5-3 of your review. Focus on judgment and reasons; conclusion

Bring notes, scratch outline, audience sheet, TSGW (pp 315-22/sample reviews)

As time allows
**RW - Ch 14
**Discuss movie
08 Essay 1: Peer Review--Must Attend In Person

Review Peer Review Policy (see syllabus)

TSGW, pp 322-24 (preview peer review questions)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of completed draft, (typed): 3 pages minimum/3.5 max
3. Bring TSGW & RW

Electronic or handwritten copies of your audience sheet or draft are NOT acceptable for peer review



11 Essay 1: Return Peer Review Docs

Discuss assessment with partner

Revision/Editing Chart (Handout); TSGW, pp 324-27

Formatting final copy of review - in class

Revision
**Audience Sheet (TSGW, p 315)

Editing
**RW - Ch 15 (Sentence Variety)


Outside Class
TSGW - Scott Pilgrim revision notes: pp 327-28 (Writer at Work).
Ch 8/pp 324-327 (Improving the Draft)/315-22

What is your take-away from these?






13 Essay 1: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring a copy of your draft formatted in columns.  Do not revise and edit on your peer review drafts--but you can still bring these.

As time allows: 

**Finish discussing The Way Back (themes/minor characters) **Briefly discuss "Birds of Prey" review (handout).  Bring completed revision/editing chart & scratch outline 

Check format of final copy of review (see PPt slides) Revision (TSGW Ch 8)
**Judgment (TSGW, p 316
**Reasons (TSGW, p 317)

Editing
**RW - Ch 8 (Active Verbs)/Chpts 14, 15

Proofreading

Essay 1: Peer Review Materials Due: Essay Draft + Aud Sheet Draft + Partner's Responses (Notebook Paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)
15 Final Thoughts - Essay 1: Evaluation (Movie Review)
(Bring all three books)

Bring a copy of your draft formatted in columns
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Introduction - Assign 1: Personal Sports Narratives

TSGW, Ch 2 (12; 15, 38-48).  Note key pages/strategies

Readings from SL: Preview these personal sports narratives.  You will choose ONE of these for Assign 1.  We begin looking at these in class

1. "Finding Myself" - 10;
2. "Four-Minute Mile" - 38
3. "In the Swim" - 56

**Finalize your choice of the ONE narrative you will write about--by Monday's class

Ch 11 (pp 420-21 cluster diagram).  Bring cluster diagram of the narrative you are writing about to class in your notebook





18 Assign 1: Discuss SL readings. See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1

**Discussion of "In the Swim" & "Finding Myself" (Consider the first three pars.)

TSGW, Ch 2 (pp 12; 15, 38-48); Ch 11 (pp 420-21 cluster diagram)


Essay 1 Due:  Scratch Outline (Handwritten OR Typed) + Revision/Editing Chart + Aud Sheet (Final Copy) + Essay (Final Copy). Paper clip these (do not staple)














20 Assign 1: Discuss SL readings. See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1

Discussion of narratives:
**Finish "Finding Myself" & begin "Four-Minute Mile" (For "Four-Minute Mile," watch the video of the actual race--see Course Notes)

TSGW, Ch 2 (pp 12; 15, 38-48)

RW - Ch 23: Pronoun Clarity

Begin drafting your essay; bring draft to class on Monday

 

**Begin previewing/reading short stories for Essay 2--see 10/29. You should be reading stories and taking notes on all stories--have an organized system of taking notes for each story


22 Reading Day - No Class
25 Assign 1: Drafting

SL - Discussion: Finish "Four-Minute Mile"/Review of all three personal sports narratives. 


Work on draft in progress--bring laptop to class.  You should have a draft in progress (See 10/20).  As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2.

**I'll come around to check cluster maps 

Use of quotations (RW: 37e, 298-300)

Formatting - essay will be pasted into body of an email/using an appropriate subject line

RW - Ch 23: Pronoun Clarity

**Begin previewing/reading short stories for Essay 2--see 10/29. You should be reading stories and taking notes on all stories--have an organized system of taking notes for each story









 

27Assign 1: Revision, Editing, Formatting

Bring laptop to class or hard copy of your draft.  Consult planning work, e.g., completed cluster diagram, discussion notes, Course Notes study questions, TSGW: Ch 2

SL: Personal Sports Narratives
**Final questions about narratives

Revision
**Thesis
**Support
**Organization

Grammar
**Use of quotations (RW: 37e, 298-300)
**RW - Ch 32: Commas (32a-e)

Formatting - email












29 Review of Assign 1

Bring
draft (print copy) to class along with laptop if desired
Bring SL (review narratives), cluster map, notes
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Introduction: Essay 2 - Literary Analysis about Sports Fiction

Preview Course Notes:
Essay 2 - All links

You must read all stories, but you will choose ONE to write about.  (You should have already previewed these and even read one or two).  If you were absent on our last class meeting before break, then you do not have the two handouts

"The 7-10 Split"--SL
"Doe Season" (handout)
"Raymond's Run"--SL
"Tennis"--SL

**Choose your story for Essay 2 by 11/2.  Once you choose a story, you cannot change it.  You should be reading stories and taking notes on all stories--have an organized system of taking notes

Planning: TSGW - Ch 10 Note key pages/strategies


Formal Outline: RW pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25 




NOVEMBER
Monday Wednesday Friday
01 Essay 2 - Planning

PPt Notes (Course Notes)

Reading and Writing about Literature (Lecture). We will combine this lecture with preliminary discussion of the stories. TSGW, pp 391-95 (thesis)/All of Ch 10

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc--Course Notes)

Assign 1 Due
via email by 5pm


03 Essay 2 - Planning

Story Choice Assignment Due (Must be typed)

Finish Reading and Writing about Literature (Lecture). We will combine this lecture with preliminary discussion of the stories. TSGW, pp 391-95 (thesis)/All of Ch 10

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc--Course Notes)





05 Essay 2: Planning (Bring your laptop to class)

Quiz - short stories (all 4 are in play).

 Focused Freewriting, TSGW, p 428

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 13-14; TSGW, pp 424-25
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, p 400; Thesis, pp 379-80; Well-Supported Argument, pp 380-81; Organization, pp 381-82) Begin working on formal sent outline + audience sheet. Audience sheet must be typed. Work on these all of next week
08 Essay 2: Planning

Discussion of Short Stories

Use reading notes + all stories (SL + handouts)
Be prepared to discuss stories/ask questions as a class

We will discuss "The 7-10 Split" & "Raymond's Run"

Continue working on formal sent outline + audience sheet.  Audience sheet must be typed
10 Essay 2: Planning

Bring your formal sent outline and audience sheet to class--drafts in progress.  I will check these.

Discussion of Stories

Use reading notes + all stories (SL + handouts)
Be prepared to discuss stories/ask questions

*We will discuss "Doe Season" & "Tennis."

Continue working on formal outline and audience sheet. 
Audience sheet must be typed. You might begin drafting your essay--introduction (including thesis statement)
12 Essay 2: Drafting

Use reading notes + all stories (SL + handouts)

Discuss sample Essays, TSGW, pp 382 & 386

Finish discussing stories--as needed

Draft 1-2 pgs: Bring your laptop

**Use Aud Sheet draft--in progress--and completed Formal Sentence Outline.  (Revise your formal outline as you draft, like you did for your evaluation essay)

Resources for drafting

TSGW, Ch 10

Thesis: pp 396-97
Support: pp 397-98
Sample Essays: pp 382 & 386

Consult Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting, Stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes (RW); also TSGW, pp 546-51
15 Essay 2: Drafting.  Everyone should have at least 2 pages of the draft completed.  Draft pages 3 & 4

**Use Aud Sheet draft--in progress--and completed Formal Sentence Outline.  (Revise your formal outline as you draft, like you did for your evaluation essay)

Resources for drafting

TSGW, Ch 10

Thesis: pp 396-97
Support: pp 397-98
Sample Essays: pp 382 & 386)

Consult Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting, Stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes (RW); also TSGW, pp 546-51
17 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Attend In Person

Review Peer Review Policy (see syllabus)

TSGW, pp 401-402 (preview peer review questions)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed) 2. Copy of completed draft, including quotations (typed): 3.5 full pages min - 4.5 pages max

Have your formal sent outline available in case your partner wants to see it. You can print an extra copy for your partner if you wish

Electronic or handwritten copies of your audience sheet or draft are NOT acceptable for peer review
19 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Docs

Revision Chklist (handout)

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Stories: SL + handouts)
**Conclusion

Editing
**RW, Ch 12 Modification
22 Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Use a "new" draft of your audience sheet and literary analysis; do not use/write on your peer review drafts.  If you bring a laptop, you might also bring a print copy of the essay for use in class

Bring completed Revision Chklist, Formal Sent Outline, Audience Sheet.  You might also bring peer review docs

Discuss stories if/as time allows (SL + handouts)

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Sample Essays)
**Thesis
**Audience Sheet

Editing
RW, Ch 12/All concepts we've studied: Coord/Subord; Sent Variety, Commas, Active Verbs, Pronoun Clarity

Essay 2: Peer Review Materials Due:
Essay Draft + Aud Sheet Draft + Partner's Responses (Notebook Paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)
24 Thanksgiving Break
26 Thanksgiving Break
29Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Use your drafts from Friday of your audience sheet and literary analysis; do not use your peer review drafts

Bring completed Revision Chklist, Formal Sent Outline

Discuss stories as time allows (SL + handouts)

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Sample Stories
**Reasons (Support)/Quotations
**Organization (Essay/Reasons)

Editing
RW, Ch 12/All concepts we've studied: Coord/Subord, Commas, Sent Variety, Active Verbs, Pronoun Clarity

Proofreading

01DECEMBER - Look below 03DECEMBER - Look below
DECEMBER
Monday Wednesday Friday
29NOVEMBER - Look Above 01 Introduction - Assign 2

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Comic strips - definitions

You should choose one strip to write about by Mon, 12/3
**Take notes/invention docs - TSGW, Ch 11
**Research - bkgrd info: creators/publication/strip s characters, situations,issues
**Quoting from strips
**Formatting: see PPt Notes
(See Course Notes--Examples of text using headings)


Due: Essay 2 docs: Final Essay + Revised Aud Sheet + Formal Sentence Outline + Revision Checklist
03 Assign 2 - Planning (Bring TSGW/RW)

You should have choosen the strip you will write about

Brinyour laptop to class

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Comic strips - definitions
**Review formatting
**Invention docs/Audience Assumptions

Discuss sample strip - summary, analysis, evaluation

Research on strip; notes on strip

Over the weekend
**Begin drafting - Introduction, Summary
06 Assign 2 - Planning/Drafting (Bring TSGW/RW)
Bring your laptop to class

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Discuss Introduction & Summary sections
**Organization

Research on strip: character names

Citing sources: RW
**Websites, parts of websites: pp 450-53
**Comic Strip: p 460
**Article from a database: pp 438-41

Quoting from comic strips

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention docs, PPt notes
(organization/formatting) For Wed
**Draft Analysis & Evaluation sections
08
Bring your laptop to class

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Analysis
**Evaluation
**Organization
Bring print copy of your draft to class

Research on strip: character names

Citing sources: RW
**Websites, parts of websites: pp 450-53
**Comic Strip: p 460
**Article from a database: pp 438-41

Quoting from comic strips

As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention docs, PPt notes
(organization/formatting)


10 Assign 2: Peer-Review--Must Attend (There is no makeup for this peer review)

Bring
print version of draft. Minimum length: 1 1/2 pgs

Electronic or handwritten copy of your draft is NOT acceptable for peer review


Revision: All sections (as time allows)

RW: Chpts 14, 15, 23, 32 (pp 268-76), 8, 12

Proofreading:  Essay formatting (TSGW, essay on p. 112)/print quality/spelling

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Final Class TH, Dec 16, 2:45-4:00

**Course Review
**Grammar Competition for extra pts!
**Look at quiz from first day of class

Turn in Assign 2 + Peer-Review Sheet.  See below

Finals Week: May 13-17

Office Hrs during Finals Week: See website home page
Final Class Meeting: Dec 16, TH, 2:45-4:00, in our usual classroom

Assign 2 + Peer-Review Sheet | Due during our final class meeting

Course Grades Available on AccessPoint: TBA

Face Covering Policy

Because of the rise coronavirus cases, at all UW-Stevens Point campus locations the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in all buildings, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, and other instructional spaces. Any student with a condition that impacts his or her use of a face covering must contact the Disability and Assistive Technology Center to discuss accommodations in classes.  Any exemptions from the mask policy must be granted by the DATC.  This is university policy and not up to the discretion of individual instructors. Failure to adhere to this requirement could result in formal withdrawal from the course.  The UWSP website has information pertaining to the mandatory mask policy and Covid-19.

Note: There are no online or Zoom options of any kind for this course.  See the attendance policy for information about class absences.

Learning Outcomes and Course Description/Objectives

The General Education Program Learning Outcomes for Written Communication (Foundational Skills and Dispositions Level) are as follows:

  • Compose an articulate, thoughtful, grammatically correct, and logically organized piece of writing with properly documented and supported ideas, evidence, and information suitable to the topic, purpose, genre, and audience.
  • Apply your understanding of elements that shape successful writing to critique and improve your own and others' writing through effective and useful feedback.

English 101

This section of First-Year English is a writing-intensive course that will focus on sports, mainly in the United States. Like all writing courses, this course is designed to give you experience writing for various purposes, for various audiences, and in different contexts. More than just a knowledge of "good grammar," effective writing requires a range of activities, from invention and planning to drafting and revising, that you will practice throughout the semester. All of our assignments, however, will examine ideas about the meaning of sport in our society and how sport shapes our culture and our sense of identity. No one can doubt the central role of sport in our society today, and even throughout the world, so it makes sense to explore why this is the case through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing. Why are we so interested in, obsessed with, and attracted to sport? The appeal of sport has to be more than its entertainment value. Of course, the most notable sports cliche that life is like a game (or is it a game?) underscores the significance of sports for us.

Through sports journalism, popular culture, and literary analysis, we will try to gain insights into these questions. You will find your own experience with sport--either as spectators, participants, or both--is a key source of your knowledge and understanding about it. In addition to thinking carefully about sport as a subject for writing, you will

  • Understand how writing is a way of sharing information, expressing viewpoints, bringing about social change, and connecting people, all essential for an inclusive democracy
  • Analyze the relationship between the writer and his and her audience as well as the contexts that shape the writing about sport as well as other types of writing
  • Integrate reading, planning, drafting, peer review, editing, revision, and proofreading into the writing process with attention to grammatical correctness as a means of effective communication
  • Express an understanding of the ways in which sport is a microcosm of society.
Text Rental

The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. Axelrod and Cooper. 12th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2019.

Sports in Literature. Bruce Emra. 2nd. ed., National Textbook Co., 2000.

Purchase at Bookstore

Rules for Writers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Hacker and Sommers. 9th. ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2019.  **You will use this handbook for English 202 and throughout your university education.

Requirements

During the semester, you will complete weekly and longer-term writing assignments dealing with the topic of sports. Class discussions will be the most informative and helpful if the reading assignments have been carefully thought over and all students participate and share ideas. To prepare for class discussions, it will be helpful to take notes. Mark key passages or language that points to central concerns or ideas in the reading assignments. Write out key ideas and concepts along with your thoughts and questions that you have. Throughout the semester you will be required to complete planning assignments and rough drafts. Please be prepared to bring these to class to share with classmates so that we can discuss them and make suggestions for improving them.

During the semester, there will be weekly writing assignments, some quizzes (announced and possibly unannounced), peer review assignments, and several essays. The course grade will be determined mathematically using the percentages below. Please remember that your course grade will be based on the work that you submit, not simply the effort you make or my subjective opinion.

Course Grade %
Weekly Writing/Quizzes** 15%
Peer Review** 10%
Essay 1 - Movie Review: The Grizzlies 25%
Essay 2 - Literary Analysis 30%
Assign 1 - Personal Sports Narrative** 10%
Assign 2 - Comic Strip: Girls & Sports** 10%
** Will be determined by point values (Approx Grades): 5pt Assignments: A/A-=5-4.5; B- =4; C- =3.5; D- =3; F=2.5-0
10pt Assignments
: A/A- =10-9; B/B- =8.5-8; C/C- =7.5-7; D/D- =6.5-6; F=5-0

All work must be completed on time. It is your responsibility to keep copies of all of your planning work, assignments, and quizzes. Some assignments may be submitted via email, and email communication will be required throughout the semester.

Late Assignment Policy: Assignments due on a given day must be submitted at the beginning of the class period. An assignment that is finished but not printed out and ready to hand in is late. Late assignments will be accepted one day after the original due date (not the next class), but will lose one letter grade or a minimum of one full point. After that, they will not be accepted. (Assignments due on Friday that are late must be turned in by 5pm.  They will not be accepted on Monday.) Assignments due electronically must be received by the day and time specified. Late email assignments will be accepted 24hrs from the original due date. For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. No incompletes will given in the course.

Essays submitted late will lose 1/3 of a letter grade each day they are late, including weekends (e.g., original grade B. Two days late, C+). For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. It may not be possible to make up some quizzes or assignments.

Peer review: Peer review days are very important because you will receive specific, targeted feedback about your essays and, in turn, provide feedback for a writing partner. This process will help you become a more effective writer. Peer review days are mandatory. If you miss them, you will lose all peer review points. If you do not have all of the required documents, properly prepared, you will lose some points for peer review and your essay grade may be lowered too.

For any special circumstances, please contact me ahead of time. It may not be possible to make up peer review.

Attendance

Regular attendance is your responsibility and is essential for success in the course. As stated in the online UWSP Course Catalog (UWSP Course Catalog pgs 25-26), you cannot "cut" classes.

There are no excused or unexcused absences.  The only relevant factor is your number of absences.  You have personal days to use and manage as needed: For three-days-a-week classes: 5.  For two-days-a-week classes: 3.

If you miss a total of two weeks of class (six class meetings for classes meeting three times a week; four class meetings for classes meeting twice a week), you may fail the course.  However, if you have to quarrantine, are a member of a university sporting team, or have an extraordinary situation, then we will adjust your absence limit.  The attendance policy begins with the second class meeting. 

It may be possible to make up missed assignments/quizzes with my approval; therefore, it is your responsibility to contact me to determine work that needs to be completed and to follow up with all logistical requirements.  However, it may not be possible to make up some assignments or quizzes.

If you are absent and have not exceeded your absence limit, you do not need to email me to explain your absence. If you would like to find out about missed information or assignments, it is best to stop by during office hours or make an appointment to see me. You can also email me, but I may not be able to respond before our next class meeting. However, you should email about an absence ahead of the due date if an assignment is due.

For an extended absence, do the following:  Follow the syllabus and keep up with readings/assignments; Stay in contact with me for information/resources/help; Look into getting notes from classmates (I can help with this); See me during office hours when you return to class.

Classroom Etiquette

During class meetings, we will discuss and debate issues about writing and literature. It is fine to express your views passionately and debate others in class, but do so in a civil, constructive manner.

Please do not use phones and mobile devices during class, even if you believe you are doing so quietly. Not only is this rude, but also it distracts other students as well as your ablity to focus on and follow class instruction and discussion. It is English Department policy that students cannot and should not record class lectures and discussion without permission from the intstructor. Also, please get drinks of water or use the washroom before or after class, not during class, so that our classroom does not become a bus station. Please see me if you need special accomodations.

Plagiarism (from the Latin "to Kidnap")/Cheating

You will be expected to do your own work throughout the course. Intentionally or unintentionally passing off the ideas, words, or sentences of others (e.g., published authors, website authors, other students) as your own is plagiarism, which will result in failing the plagiarized assignment and possibly the course. Please review the University policy regarding plagiarism.

Anyone who is caught cheating during quizzes or exams (e.g., looking at someone else's paper or using a cell phone) will fail the quiz or exam and be reported to the Dean of Students Office.  For quizzes and exams taken online, you are on your honor to follow established guidelines:  No books, notes, printed or online materials, sharing information with others.