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Freshman Composition 101-18 TTH 11:00-12:15
Fall 2022

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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. Students are responsible for understanding and following the schedule and the course policies, which are in effect from the first day of class. Please read them carefully (more than once and throughout the semester). Please see me if you have any questions about them.

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 the following class period; 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. These texts are not an unnecessary expense but rather helpful resources we will use in class and you will use outside of class to help you become a more effective writer. Students will use the grammar handbook, Rules for Writers, for this course and other courses until graduatation. The following acronyms are used on the Reading Schedule.

TSGW=The St. Martin's Guide to Writing
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 08, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book(s) you need to bring.

September
Tuesday Thursday
06 Course Introduction: Reading, Discussing, Writing

First-day quiz

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

TSGW - Ch 1


13 TSGW - Finish Ch 1/Ch 13

Final Thoughts Chpts 1 & 13

Review First-day quiz








15 Finish TSGW, Ch 13: transitions, headings
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Essay 1 - Introduction: Personal Narrative - Life with the Coronavirus

PowerPt Slides (Course Notes)

TSGW: Preview Chpts 2, 14 (475-82; 485-94)
Preview Couse Notes links for Essay 1

Choose topic (TSGW, pp 53-54): Have three topics with notes--bring to class
for discussion

Scratch outline (TSGW, p 428-29)
20 Essay 1 - Planning

Continue discussing PPt Slides--Course Notes

Discuss audience sheet--bring draft or notes with initial thoughts

TSGW, Chpts 2, 14 (Take notes - key ideas/strategies)

Have topic selected (TSGW, pp 53-54)/Bring topic list & notes

Scratch outline (TSGW, p 428-29)
**Bring scratch outline in progress/drafting outline in class

Planning your essay: TSGW, pp 54-60
22 Essay 1 - Planning

TSGW, Chpt 2: Sample narratives: "Mrs. Maxon," p 31;
"Literacy Narrative," p 35.  Discuss these (pp 28-31)

"Calling Home" (handout - for discussion next week)

Bring to class
**Topic list + notes
**Rough draft of scratch outline - in progress
**Rough draft of audience sheet - in progress

TSGW, Chpts 2, 14 (Take notes - key ideas/strategies)

RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord (Preview this chapter/Concept: What is Coordination? Subordination?
Discuss examples

Outside of Class
**Begin drafting your essay - introduction (TSGW, p 60)
**TSGW, pp 54-60; Chpt 14
27 Essay 1 - Planning/Drafting:  Bring your (charged) laptop or tablet to class to work on your draft in the classroom.

Due: Print copy of scratch outline (5pts).  Either print or photocopy; Do not turn in your original.

TSGW: finish discussing sample narrative (pp 35-40)/Final Thoughts - both narratives.
Look at sample audience sheet in class

Draft pages one and two.  Today you will work on drafting and reviewing these two pages 
You should consult and adjust your audience sheet & scratch outline while drafting.  Finish pages one and two by TH

Bring
**scratch outline
**audience sheet - I will check everyone's audience sheet
**TSGW, Chpts 2 (pp 54-60; sample essays) & 14 (pp 475-82; 485-94)
**RW, Ch 14: Coordination and Subordination



29 Essay 1 - Drafting: Bring your (charged) laptop to class to work on your draft in the classroom. 

Discuss "Calling Home" personal narrative (handout - see 9/22)

RW, Ch 14, examples/exercises

Pages 1-2 of your draft should be finished

Today you will work on drafting and reviewing pages 1-3. You should consult and adjust your audience sheet & scratch outline while drafting 

Review PPt Slides

Bring

**scratch outline
**audience sheet
**TSGW, Chpts 2 (pp 54-60; sample essays) & 14 (pp 475-82; 485-94)


October
Tuesday Thursday
04 Essay 1 - Drafting: Bring your (charged) laptop to class to work on your draft in the classroom. 

Pages 1-3 of your draft should be finished

Today you will work on drafting and reviewing pages 3-4/entire draft. You should consult and adjust your audience sheet & scratch outline while drafting 

**Finish discussing "Calling Home" narrative
**Review audience sheet

Bring
**scratch outline
**audience sheet
**TSGW, Chpts 2 (sample essays) & 14 (475-82; 485-94)

RW, Ch 14, exercises
06 Essay 1 - Peer Review--Must Attend Class In Person

RW, Ch 14, exercises

(See peer review policy on the syllabus) 

Bring all books--TSGW, pp 61-62 preview peer review questions)/scratch outline
Bring
1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of completed draft (typed), minimum 3.5 full pages/max 4.5 full pages

Electronic (laptop/tablet) or handwritten copies of your audience sheet or draft are NOT acceptable for peer review

11 Essay 1 - Return Peer Review Materials to Partner In Class

TSGW, Ch 2: pp 62-65 (Improving the Draft)/54-60.
Chpt 14 (475-82; 485-94)


Revision Chart (Handout)

Revision
**Introduction


Editing
**RW, Ch 16 (Wordiness)/Ch 14







13 Essay 1 - Revision, Editing

Bring
"clean drafts" (not peer review drafts) to class of your essay + audience sheet so that you can write on these (You can also bring your peer review drafts if you wish.)

Bring
completed revision chart, scratch outline, audience sheet

TSGW, Ch 2: pp 62-65 (Improving the Draft)/54-60.
Chpt 14 (475-82; 485-94)


Revision
**Resolution/Significance (TSGW, Ch 2)
**Conflict - Specific Thoughts, Feelings

Editing
**RW, Ch 16 (Wordiness)/Ch 14
18 Essay 1 - Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring
draft from TH (10/13)
Bring scratch outline, revision/editing chart, audience sheet

Discuss Coates narrative ("Losing My Innocence"): TSGW, pp 42-44

Ch 14 TSGW, Ch 2: pp 62-65 (Improving the Draft)/54-60.
Chpt 14 (475-82; 485-94)


Revision (TSGW, p 49-51: Writer at Work)
**Audience sheet
**Vivid Description (TSGW, Ch 14)

Editing
**RW, Chpts 14 & 16















20 Essay 1 - Final Thoughts

Bring (latest) copies of drafts
Bring scratch outline & completed revision/editing chart

Revision
**Final Thoughts - Resolution/Thesis
**Organization

TSGW, p 65-68: Writer at Work

Editing
**Topic Sentences (TSGW, Ch 13)
**RW, Chpts 14 & 16.  Also, Ch 33, a-b (commas)
 
Proofreading
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Introduction - Assign 1: Group Essay, Writing about Comic Strips

Comic Strips (Handouts)

Collaboration Principles (TSGW, Ch 26)
**Assign Grps

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

You should choose one strip to write about by Tues (handout)
**Take notes/invention docs - TSGW, Ch 11
**Research - bkgrd info: creators/publication of strip, characters, situations, issues

Analyze sample strip in class (if time allows)


Essay 1: Peer Review Docs Due (Aud Sheet Draft + Essay Draft + Responses on notebook paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)
25 Assign 1 - Planning (Bring TSGW/RW)

You and your partner should have choosen the one comic strip you will write about

Bring your (charged) laptop and comic strips to class

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Comic strips - definitions
**Review formatting - headings
**(See Course Notes--Examples of text using headings)

Collaboration/Design a Project Timeline
**Planning Chart (handout)

Planning Work
**Notes on strips
**Basic bkgrd/info on strips - research
**Invention doc(s)/Audience considerations
**Quoting from strips

Develop and also work on invention doc(s)/audience considerations
as you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention doc(s), PPt notes


Essay 1 Docs Due: Final Audience Sheet + Final Essay + Revision/Editing Checklist + Scratch Outline (not your graded copy).  Paper clip these (do not staple)

For TH
**Prepare for drafting - summary & analysis sections
27 Assign 1 - Planning/Drafting (Bring TSGW/RW)

Bring your (charged) laptop to class

Collaboration/Design a Project Timeline
**Discuss Collaboration (TSGW, Ch 26/Course Notes)
**Planning Chart--work on fine tuning details

Research on strip: character names, series info, context for your specific strip

Begin drafting Summary & Analysis sections--in class
**As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention doc(s), PPt notes

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Formatting, Organization - Headings

Begin drafting introduction and evaluation sections

Sources section: Citing sources (in-text/works cited): RW (403)/TSGW (Ch 20)
**Websites: pp 434-36 (RW)
**Comic Strip: p 442 (RW)
**Article from a database: pp 426 (RW)

Quoting from comic strips

For Tues
**Finish drafting summary & analysis sections
**Draft intro and evaluation sections of the essay 

November
Tuesday Thursday
01Assign 1 - Planning/Drafting (Bring TSGW/RW)

Bring
(charged) laptop to class

Bring a draft of your essay--all sections--to class
Bring planning chart

Discuss/Review all sections of the essay.
Revision of sections
**As you draft, consult planning work, e.g., research, invention doc(s), audience considerations, PPt notes

See PPt Slides (Course Notes)
**Formatting, Organization - Headings

Research on strip: character names, series info, context for your specific strip

Sources section: Citing sources (in-text/works cited): RW (403)/TSGW (Ch 20)
**Websites: pp 434-36 (RW)
**Comic Strip: p 442 (RW)
**Article from a database: pp 426 (RW)

Quoting from comic strips

RW, Ch 33 (Commas), pp 268-73 (c-e)


03 Assign 1: Peer-Review--Must Attend

Each group: Bring
two print versions of draft: 1 1/2 pgs

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

Collaboration:  PPt slide--Course Notes/TSGW, Ch 26

Revision (As time allows)
**Summary and Description
**Analysis

Editing (As time allows)
**RW, Ch 33, c-e/Chpts 14, 16, 33, a-b

Profreading:  Essay formatting (TSGW, essay on p. 123-29)/spelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

08 Assign 1: Revsion, Editing, Proofreading

Bring "clean copies" of your comics essay
(You can also bring your peer review draft.)

Revision
**Summary, Analysis sections
**Introduction, Evaluation sections

Sources section
**Citing sources/integrating sources

Proofreading:  Essay formatting (TSGW, essay on p. 123)/print quality/spelling
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Essay 2: Introduction - Literary Analysis

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).  These four stories are handouts--bring these to class during the next weeks

"Babylon Revisited"
"Brokeback Mountain"
"56 - 0"
 "Slinkers"

**Choose your story for Essay 2 by 11/15.  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 for each story

Planning: TSGW - Ch 10.  Note key pages/strategies

Formal Outline: RW pp 12-14; TSGW, pp 430-31 
10 Essay 2 - Planning

Final Thoughts: Collaborative Essay: Comics and Culture

Bring "clean copies" (from 11/8) of your comics essay
(You can also bring your peer review draft.)

Revision: Evaluation & Sources sections
Editing: **RW, Ch 32 a-e/Chpts 14 & 16
Proofreading: Formatting, Spelling
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Finish Introduction of Essay 2 (see 11/8)

**For the rest of the semester, bring all four stories to class + TSGW

Reading and Writing about Literature (Lecture). We will combine this lecture with preliminary discussion of the stories. TSGW, Ch 10, pp 399-403: Plot/Setting

Bring your four stories

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 12-14; TSGW, pp 430-31. 
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc)
**Thesis (Ch 10, TSGW)








15  Essay 2: Planning

Story Choice Paragraph Due (Typed)

Finish discussion of Reading/Writing about Literature:  Characterization, Pt of View, Theme (see 11/10)
Bring stories

**Formal Outline: RW, pp 12-14; TSGW, pp 430-31
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)/Also see "Notes on thesis statement," etc)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Sample Essays, pp 390 & 393)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, p 408; Thesis, pp 404-405; 384; Well-Supported Argument, pp 405-06; Organization, pp 407-08)
Begin working on formal outline + audience sheet. Audience sheet must be typed


Due: Assign 1 Due + Peer Review docs (Question Sheets + Drafts + Planning Charts)
One copy of essay per group/All peer review docs/ All planning charts
17 Essay 2: Planning

Quiz - short stories (all 4 are in play)

Focused Freewriting in class (TSGW p 434) - use short story you are writing about. 
Bring your laptop (charged) to class

**Formal Sentence Outline: RW, pp 12-14; TSGW, pp 430-31
Also see "Notes on thesis statement," outline, . . .
**Audience Sheet (Course Notes)


Outside of Class

**Continue working on formal sentence outline and audience sheet 

22 Reading/Writing Time on Your Own - No Class

24 Thanksgiving Break

29 Essay 2: Planning

Discussion of Stories

Use reading notes + all stories
Be prepared to discuss stories/ask questions

We will discuss "Babylon Revisited" & "56-0"

As time allows, we will set up "Brokeback Mountain" & "Slinkers"

Outside of Class
**Continue working on formal sentence outline and audience sheet
**Share drafts of your thesis statement on TH
**You might begin drafting your essay--introduction (including thesis statement) as you
complete your outline & aud sheet
01DECEMBER - Look Below
December
Tuesday Thursday
29 NOVEMBER - Look Above
01 Essay 2: Planning/Drafting

Discussion of Stories

Use reading notes + all stories
Be prepared to discuss stories/ask questions

Quick follow ups to "BR" and "56-0"

We will discuss "Slinkers" & "Brokeback Mountain" 
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Audience sheet & formal sentence outline
(See Course Notes for relevant links)

Discuss thesis statement

Outside of Class

1.) Finish your audience sheet & formal sentence outline
2.) Have the first 2 pages of the draft completed by Tues for class

Drafting Resources

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, p 408; Thesis, pp 404-405; 384; Well-Supported Argument, pp 405-06; Organization, pp 407-08)

Consult Reading notes, PowerPt notes (RW pgs), Focused Freewriting, Stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes; also TSGW, pp 549-55/RW - See PPt notes
06 Essay 2: Planning/Drafting

Bring your formal sent outline and audience sheet (in progress) to class.  I will check (not collect) these.
Print and/or electronic copies

Discussion of stories: Finish "Slinkers" & "Brokeback Mountain" as needed.
Final thoughts: All stories

Everyone should have (bring to class) at least 2 pages of the essay completed.  Draft pages 3-4

Continue drafting in class: Bring your (charged) laptop
**Use completed drafts: audience sheet and formal sentence outline. 
(Revise these as you draft, like you did for your narrative essay)

 Drafting Resources

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, p 408; Thesis, pp 404-405; 384; Well-Supported Argument, pp 405-06; Organization, pp 407-08)

Consult Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting, All stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes; also TSGW, pp 549-55/RW - See PPt notes


08 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Attend (No make up for this peer review)

Review Peer Review Policy (see syllabus)

TSGW, pp 409-10 (preview peer review questions)

1. Copy of Audience Sheet (typed)
2. Copy of completed draft, including quotations (typed): 3.5/4 pages min - 5 pages max

Bring your formal outline - your partner may want to look at it.  You can make a copy for your partner to use outside of class if you wish.

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

Before/After peer review as time allows
1. Questions about stories
2. Using quotations--RW/TSGW
3. Look at body paragraph - sample essay in TSGW, Ch 10
13 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Materials to Partner

Revision Chklist (handout)
TSGW, Ch 10: pp 410-12 (Improving the Draft)

**Bring all stories

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Stories)
**Discussion of quiz: theme/knowing details
of stories.  Apply to your essay

Editing
**RW, Ch 12 Modification/Review of chpts 14, 16, 32

Outside Class: 
Review peer review comments and take notes












15  Essay 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Essay 2: Peer Review Docs Due (Aud Sheet + Draft + Responses on notebook paper).  Paper clip these (do not staple)

Bring a "clean" draft of your audience sheet and literary analysis;
do not use/write on your peer review drafts (You can still bring them
to class.)

Completed Revision Chklist
Formal Sent Outline

Review/refer to stories as needed: Bring all stories

Revision (TSGW, Ch 10/Stories)
**Introduction/Thesis
**Audience Sheet
**Reasons (Support)/Quotations
**Organization

Editing
**RW, Ch 8 (Active Verbs)
**All concepts we've studied: Modification, Wordiness, Coord/Subord, Commas

Course Wrap Up

**Course Review
**Look at quiz from first day of class

Essay 2 + Supporting Docs Due: TBD--see blue box below

Finals Week: Dec 16, 19 - Dec 22
Office Hrs during Finals Week: See website home page

Essay 2 + Supporting Docs Due Date: TBD

Course Grades available on AccessPoint: TBA

Covid/Face Covering Policy
There is no mandatory face covering policy at UWSP.  Wearing is optional.  Students who wish or neet to wear a mask should do so.  Any student who is sick, particularly coughing, should not attend class until well and pehaps wear a mask in class until fully well. The General Education Program--Written Communication

Introductory writing classes provide an essential foundation of communication skills on which students can build throughout the rest of their university careers and beyond. They develop students' skills in analyzing audience, structuring written documents, and understanding and applying the conventions of effective writing. Subsequent writing courses build upon these skills by helping students learn to locate sources, critically analyze information, and synthesize their ideas with those of others to write well-supported academic arguments. They also provide an essential starting point for the more specialized writing students will be expected to do in the future within their fields of study.

The General Education Program Learning Outcomes for Written Communication (Foundation 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
Course Description and Learning Outcomes

Freshman Composition 101 is a writing-intensive course that will 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, activities that you will practice throughout the semester.  All of our assignments will return to the questions of why and how we write, which are important questions to think about as you choose topics, develop ideas, and reflect on what you write.  In addition to thinking carefully about each writing subject, we will examine the relationship between the writer and his/her subject as well as the issues outside of the classroom that shape the writer's thinking and connect him/her to communities and society.  You will also participate in peer editing sessions in which you will evaluate the essays of others as a way of helping your classmates and of improving your own evaluative skills.  Integrating computer technology into the study of writing, in the form of planning and drafting, editing, or research, will also be an important goal of the course. Along with these goals, you will need to develop your own writing goals as a means of assessing your progress throughout the semester.

  • Understand through class discussion and writing assignments 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 an emphasis on grammatical correctness as a means of effective communication
Texts

Text Rental

The St. Martin's Guide to Writing. Axelrod and Cooper. 13th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2022.

Purchase at Bookstore

Rules for Writers. Hacker and Sommers. 10th. ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2022.
**You will use this handbook 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. Note 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, peer review assignments, and 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 on the effort you make and not on my subjective opinion.

Course Grade %
Weekly Writing/Quizzes** 20%
Peer Review 10%
Essay 1 - Personal Narrative 25%
Assign 1: Comic Strip Analysis: Comics & Culture (Collaboration/Group Essay) 15%
Essay 2 - Literary Analysis 30%
** 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/essays due on a given day must be submitted at the beginning of the class period. An assignment/essay 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, but will lose one letter grade or the point equivalent. After that, they will not be accepted. (Assignments due on Friday that are late must be turned in by 5pm.) 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 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 a missed peer review class.

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 in this course.  The only relevant factor is your number of absences.  However, you have personal days to use and manage as needed: For three-days-a-week classes: 5.  For two-days-a-week classes: 3.  Use personal days for family situations or sickness.  Be careful not to squander them.

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.  If you are on a sports team, absences for games still count as personal days.  However, we will adjust your absence limit if absences because of games exceed the 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.