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Freshman Composition101-11 MTTH 2:00-2:50
Spring 2019

This is a "real time" syllabus that, unlike a print syllabus, will 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 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 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, 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.

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 unecessary 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. You will use the grammar book, 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

D2L (Discussion Forum) Link: This Forum, which is for students in the course, gives you the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas about the reading and writing we are reading as well as ask questions that other students can answer. Participation is voluntary, but it's a great way to communicate outside of class in an informal manner. It's like Facebook, only better!

Readings and assignments should be finished for the day assigned. For example, chapter 1 from TSGW should be read (completed) by January 28, when we will discuss it. Check each class period to see what book you need to bring.

January
Monday Tuesday Thursday
21 MLK Day 22 Course Introduction: Why Write about Sports?

Pre-semester quiz
24 Review Course Website

For Essay 1: Game Story -You must see your game and complete interviews by 2/16

Essay 1: Game Story: Preview Course Notes - Taking Notes, Interviews

Sample game notes--I passed these around; available during office hours

Sample game story (handout): Discuss lead
28 Class cancelled because of weather (Follow the syllabus today on your own.  We'll use this agenda Tuesday)

TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy & Ch 13: Cueing the Reader

**Game Story: Continue planning: Choose a game you will go see and set up interviews with players and coaches--See Course Notes

Bring to class in your notebook--3-4 sample interview questions for a coach and for a player


29 TSGW - Ch 1: Composing Literacy & Ch 13: Cueing the Reader

**Game Story: Continue planning: Choose a game you will go see and set up interviews with players and coaches--See Course Notes

Bring to class in your notebook--3-4 sample interview questions for a coach and for a player

31 Guest Speaker: Former sports writer Larry Morgan--Taking notes for a game story/interviews

Sample game story (handout)--1/24

Bring to class in your notebook: 3-4 sample interview questions for a coach and for a player
February
Monday Tuesday Thursday
04 TSGW - Finish Chpts 1 & 13; Final Thoughts

Bring to class in your notebook: 3-4 sample interview questions for a coach and for a player

Sample game story (handout)--1/24
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Sports poetry--SL (Just read these poems--"In the Pocket" (24); "The Sprinters (p. 121); "Baseball" (199-201)

05 SL--Sports poetry (2/04)

RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord (Just preview this chapter/Concept: What is coordination? Subordination?)
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Essay 1 - Introduction: Writing a Game Story
(**PowerPoint Slides)

Preview Course Notes:
Essay 1 - All links

Planning: TSGW - Ch 2:
12-17; Ch 14: 538-45; Ch 15: 550-61). We will refer to these chapters during the next weeks.)

2 Sample game stories (handouts). Highlight and annotate these for Thursday/Monday

***Find two complete print sports sections (not just one or two game stories) from a local and national WEEKEND/MONDAY newspaper: by 2/21. Do not use online newspapers; do not use The Pointer
07 Game Story--Planning

Card Due--sports poetry

Finish TSGW, Chpts 1 & 13

Continue Game Story PPt slides (2/5)

Sports sections assignment/Audience Sheet (Course Notes)

2 sample game stories; have these two annotated (2/5)
Also, hockey sample game story (1/24)

11 Game Story--Planning

Finish Game Story PPt slides (2/5)

Description exercise in class
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As time allows:

**Discuss 2 sample game stories; have these two annotated (2/5)
Also, hockey sample game story (1/24)
**RW, Ch 14: Coord/Subord
**TSGW: Ch 2


12 Class cancelled due to weather (Follow the syllabus today on your own.  Prepare for Friday's class as scheduled)

Game Story--Planning

Finish description exercise (2/11)

RW, Ch 14 (coord/subord, p 158, ex. b, c, e )
TSGW, Chpts 2/14

Discuss: scratch outline (TSGW, 490-91) and audience sheet (Course Notes)
**Sample in class

Continue to discuss sample game stories (from Monday)

Outside of class (Once you have seen your game)
Begin drafting your headline, lead, and game summary--length and structure
14 Game Story--Planning

1. Finish description exercise (2/11)

2. Discuss: scratch outline (TSGW, 490-91)
**Sample in class

3. Continue to discuss sample game stories (from Monday)
Sample game story (handout)

4. Discuss Articles - SL: 
[See questions on Course Notes link - In your notebook, write out responses to these questions, not those at the end of each selection in SL]

Answer all questions but focus on question 2 and, if relevant, question 3 for each piece

Have these read for today

1. "Ace Teenage Sportscribe"
2. "Johnson is Everywhere"
3. "Great Day for Baseball in the 90s"
4. "You Don't Imitate Michael Jordan"

Make connections to TSGW, Chpts 14, 15

In-class grp assign - card

Outside of class

Scratch outline of your game story (TSGW, 490-1). Begin drafting your headline, lead, and game summary--length and structure
18 Discuss Essays - SL (Continue from 2/14): 
[See Course Notes - Write out responses to questions in you notebook]

Answer all questions but focus on question 2 and, if relevant, question 3 for each piece

Have these read for today; continuing working in groups with assigned cards (2/14)

1. "Ace Teenage Sportscribe"
2. "Johnson is Everywhere"
3. "Great Day for Baseball in the 90s"
4. "You Don't Imitate Michael Jordan"

Make connections to TSGW, Chpts 14, 15

In-class grp assign - card due
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Outside of class
Scratch outline of your game story (TSGW, 490-1). Begin drafting your headline, lead, and game summary--length and structure
19 History of Sports Journalism: Lecture in class

**If time allows, we'll look at a scratch outline in progress.  Bring yours
to class

Outside class
Drafting scratch outline (see TSGW, 490-91): start with headline, lead, and game summary. Then add quotations, stats, bkgrd

Begin drafting audince sheet (Course Notes)

**Use your game and interview notes 
**See Course Notes - Organizing a Game Story
**TSGW, Chpts 14, 15

Be ready for drafting next week










 
21 Quiz on the History of Sports Journalism

Discussion of SL readings (card)--Johnson feature article

Analysis of newspaper sports sections--bring entire sports section (two) to class (see 2/5--you don't need to highlight/annotate these) 

Sports section analysis sheet (handout)
Audience sheet--Course Notes


Outside class

Work on scratch outline/Begin drafting audience sheet

Be ready for drafting next week
25 Essay 1: Game Story: Drafting

1. Discussion of SL readings (card)--Great Day, Ace Teenage Sportscribe
2. Bring your poetry card assign--discussion
3. Bring both sports sections--sports section analysis assign

4. Bring completed scratch outline + sample game stories

Begin drafting game story in class/audience sheet (Course Notes)

TSGW: Review chapters 2, 14, 15

Due:  Game notes due + interview questions and responses; turn in photocopies or print copies if typed (NOT your original notes & questions).  Staple or paper clip--no loose pages

Outside of class
Continue drafting of game story + audience sheet
26 Essay 1: Game Story: Drafting

1. Final look--Ovechkin description exercise
2. Bring both sports sections--sports section analysis assign/
Audience Sheet (Course Notes)

Bring completed scratch outline
Quick draft of headline and lead from class Monday

Sample game stories--should be annotated

TSGW: Review chapters 2, 14, 15

Outside of class
Continue drafting of game story + audience sheet
28 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC (This is a laptop lab.  Bring your own laptop, but if you don't have one you can use one from the lab--there are about 10-12)

Due: Sport Section Analysis sheet (see 2/21)

Essay 1: Game Story: Drafting

Bring your draft of game story + audience sheet in progress.  You'll work on these in the lab, so be able to access these in the lab

Bring scratch outline, game/interview notes, books,
sport sections, class notes

TSGW: Chapters 2, 14, 15

March
Monday Tuesday Thursday
04 Essay 1: Game Story: Peer Review--Must Attend

**RW, Ch 14 (coord/subord, p 158, ex. b, c, e)
**Sample game stories--discuss

TSGW: 48 - 49/See Course Policies on Peer Review

Bring to class:

1. Typed, print (hard) copy of Audience Sheet 
2. Typed, print (double spaced, 12pt, pg #s - not columns) (hard) copy of completed game story. Minimum 3 full pages/Max. 4 1/4 full pages. Drafts must have quotations

**You cannot use an electronic version of your draft or audience sheet for peer review

Please bring TSGW/RW, sample game stories, scratch outline
05 Essay 1: Game Story: Return Peer Review Materials

Formatting - Columns

Revision checklist (handout)

Revision
**Audience Sheet

Editing
**RW, Ch 14 & 16 (Wordiness)
07 Essay 1: Game Story: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

**Bring
draft formatted in columns and audience sheet draft  (not peer review copies) + revision checklist

Revision
**Audience Sheet
**Lead
**Game Summary
**Stats
**Quotations

Bring: TSGW, Chpts 14, 15/Sample Game stories/Local sports section

Editing
**RW, Ch 32: Commas (32a & b)/Chpts 14 & 16
11 Essay 1: Peer review materials Due (aud sheet draft +  game story draft + notebook paper--responses: paper clip)
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(**Begin previewing/reading stories for Essay 2--see 3/26)


Bring game story
draft (from TH or a revised one) formatted in columns and audience sheet draft  (not peer review copies) + revision checklist

Essay 1: Game Story: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Revision
**Game Summary (Description)
**Stats/Quotations
**Conclusion

Proofreading
*
*Spell check
**Formatting
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Assign 1: TSGW, Ch 2 (12; 15, 41-47)

Readings from SL: Preview these.  You will choose ONE of these for
Assign 1


1. "Finding Myself" - 10;
2. "Four-Minute Mile" - 38
3. "Why I Play the Game" - 78
12 Due: Game story + Audience sheet + Scratch Outline +Revision chklist.  Paper clip game story and all docsDue today or on TH, 3/14.  Your choice.

Assign 1: Discussion SL readings (3/11), See study questions on Course Notes page for Assign 1
**Discussion of "Finding Myself" & "Why I Play the Game"


TSGW, Ch 2

14

SL Readings: Answer Study Questions in your notebook (See Course Notes).  Be prepared to discuss. See 3/11

(**Continue previewing/reading stories for Essay 2--see 3/26)

Discussion of "Four-Minute Mile"

Review quiz 1

TSGW, Ch 2

RW, Ch 8: Active Verbs

18Spring Break 19  Spring Break 21Spring  Break
25 Meet in Computer Lab 307 CCC  (We changed to 323 CCC)

Assign 1: Draft Narrative Response in class

Bring all books, notes, everything you need to draft


26 Assign 1:  Bring draft to class

SL: Discussion of  narratives (Bring your notes: Course Notes/Class discussion)
TSGW: Ch 2, p 15

"In the Swim" (As time allows; not a choice for Assign 1)
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Essay 2 - Introduction: 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.

"The 7-10 Split"--SL
"Doe Season" (handout)
"56 - 0" (handout)
"Raymond's Run"--SL
"The Thrill of the Grass"--SL

(You should be reading stories and taking notes--have an organized system of taking notes for each story)

Preview Course Notes:
Essay 1 - All links

Planning: TSGW - Ch 10

RW 20 - 21 (formal outline); TSGW, 492-94
28  Assign 1 Due

Essay 2 - Introduction: Literary Analysis about Sports Fiction (PowerPoint Slides)

See 3/26

Reading and Writing about Literature (Lecture). We will combine this lecture with preliminary discussion of the stories. TSGW, 456-461/All of Ch 10

RW 20 - 21 (formal outline); TSGW, 492-94
Course Notes (Audience Sheet/Other notes)

 **Choose your story by 4/01

April
Monday Tuesday Thursday
01 Essay 2: Planning

Story Choice Paragraph Due (Typed)

Continue: Introduction: Literary Analysis about Sports Fiction (PowerPoint Slides)

Continue: Reading and Writing about Literature (Lecture). We will combine this lecture with preliminary discussion of the stories. TSGW, 456-461/All of Ch 10

RW 20 - 21 (formal outline); TSGW, 492-94
TSGW, Ch 10 (Sample Essays, pg 447 & 450)
02 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC (Bring your laptop if you wish)
Essay 2: Planning

In-class Focused Freewriting (TSGW 496) - use short story you are writing about
Freewriting Assessment Chart (handout)

Aud Sheet (Course Notes)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, 465; Thesis, 461-62)

RW 20 - 21 (formal outline); TSGW, 492-94
04 Essay 2: Planning

Quiz - short stories (all 5 are in play)

Review freewriting (4/2) assessment chart. Bring freewriting sample (print out or electronic copy) + chart

Aud Sheet (Course Notes)

TSGW, Ch 10 (Introduction, 465; Thesis, 461-62)
RW 20 - 21 (formal outline); TSGW, 492-94
08 Essay 2: Discussion of Stories

"Doe Season" & "The 7-10 Split"

Begin "The Thrill of the Grass"


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


Outside of class:  Work on outline and audience sheet

09 Meet in 240 CCC

 Essay 2: Discussion of Stories

Finish "The 7-10 Split"

"The Thrill of the Grass" & "56-0"

"Raymond's Run" as time allows

**Bring formal outline in progress

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


Outside of class:  Work on outline and audience sheet
**You might have your intro/thesis completed to get a head start

11 Meet in Computer Lab 323 CCC

Brief discussion: "The Thrill of the Grass"

Essay 2: Drafting 

Draft 1-2 pgs. You might have your intro/thesis completed to get a head start

** Bring Aud Sheet draft--in progress--and completed Formal Sentence Outline

TSGW, Ch 10 (Sample Essays, pg 447 & 450)
Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting, Stories

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes; also TSGW 644-49
15 Meet in Computer Lab 307 CCC

Essay 2: Drafting.  Everyone should have at least 2 pages of the draft completed. 

Draft 1-2 pgs
** Bring Aud Sheet draft and completed Formal Sentence Outline
**Bring Reading notes, PowerPt notes, Focused freewriting/Chart, Stories

TSGW, Ch 10 (Sample Essays, pg 447 & 450)

Integrating Quotations: See Power Pt notes; also TSGW 644-49
16 Essay 2: Peer Review--Must Attend

Bring all books--TSGW, pp 466-67 (preview peer review questions)

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

Electronic or handwritten copies of your audience sheet or draft are NOT acceptable for peer review
18 Essay 2: Return Peer Review Materials to Partner

Revision Chklist (handout)

Bring all books

**Formal Outline

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

Bring "clean" copies (print) of your draft and audience sheet (not peer review copies)

Bring completed Revision Chklist
Bring all books

**Audience Sheet
**Formal Outline

Discussion of "Thrill": pages given in class (4/22)

Revision
**Intro/Thesis
**Conclusion

Editing
RW, Ch 12/All concepts we've studied


23 Essay 2: Revision, Editing

Bring "clean" copies (print) of your draft and audience sheet (not peer review copies)  Can be from 4/22.

Bring completed Revision Chklist
Bring all books


**Audience Sheet
**Bring Formal Outline to class

Discussion of "R'sR": pages given in class (4/22)

Revision
**Thesis (Finish from 4/22)

Editing
RW, Ch 32, Commas (32c-e)/All concepts we've studied
25  Due from Essay 2: Turn in Peer Review docs [aud sheet + draft + responses from partner (notebook paper)]

Essay 2:  Final Review: Revision, Editing, Proofreadng

Bring "clean" copies (print) of your draft and audience sheet (not peer review copies)  Can be from 4/23

Bring completed Revision Chklist
Bring all books &
Formal Outline

Revision
**Intro/Thesis
**Reasons/Quotations
**Topic sentences


TSGW, samples essays (see 4/11)

Editing
RW, Ch 32, Commas (32c-e)/All concepts we've studied
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Assign 2 - Analyzing a Comic Strip: Girls & Sports

Assign Groups/Preview PPt Slides

Collaboration & Writing (TSGW, Ch 31)

Planning schedule for completing essay (handout)
29 Final Thoughts - Essay 3

Bring most recent copies of your draft and audience sheet (not old drafts from last week)

Revision
**TSGW, Ch 10, samples essays

**Review Formal Outline
& Revision Chart
**Review audience sheet


Editing
**RW, Ch 32, Commas (32c-e)/All concepts we've studied

SL/Handouts: Final questions about stories?
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Assign 2 - Analyzing a Comic Strip: Girls & Sports

Continue with PPt Slides

1. Decide on strip/take notes
2. Research??  bkgrd: creators/publication/strip's characters, situations, & issues/Quoting from strips?  
3. Planning: Invention docs? TWGW, Ch 11
4. Set up Planning Schedule
30 Due Today or Thursday: Essay 2 + Aud Sheet + Formal Outline + Revision Chklist (paper clip)

Assign 2 - Planning

Finish PPt Slides
Collaboration & Writing (TSGW, Ch 31)

1. Continue discussing strips/take notes
2. Research??  bkgrd: creators/publication/strip's characters, situations, & issues/Quoting from strips?  
3. Planning: Invention docs? TWGW, Ch 11
4. Use of headings--organization (PPt slides)
5. Update Planning Schedule

02 May
Look Below
May
Monday Tuesday Thursday
29 April
Look Above







30 April
Look Above
02 Due Today: Essay 2 + Aud Sheet + Formal Outline + Revision Chklist (paper clip)

Assign 2: Drafting: Bring laptops to class

Collaboration & Writing (TSGW, Ch 31)

Bring laptops to class--begin drafting
Use of headings (PPt Notes)

Bring strips, notes, and any planning docs/TSGW & RW

Research on strip: bkgrd--creators/strip's characters, situations, & issues/Quoting from strips?  Citing sources? See RW

Update Planning Schedule

06 Assign 2: Peer Review--Must Attend

Each group brings TWO print, typed copies of their draft: 1 1/2 pages, double spaced.  Put names on the draft. 

No handwritten or electronic versions of the draft

Bring your comic strip sheet + books: TSGW + RW 
Bring your planning schedules
07 Assign 2: Revision, Editing, Proofreading

Bring all books

Bring "clean" drafts--not peer review copies
Bring peer review drafts from Monday

Revision
**Strip Analysis: Sports & Culture
**Summary/Description

Editing
**RW, Ch 15 Sentence Variety
**Review: Chpts 14, 16, 32 (pp 294-303), 8
(Also, review for grammar competition during our final class meeting)

Proofreading:  Essay formatting/print quality/spelling

Review planning schedules


09 No Class: Revision and Editing Day - Assign 2. You might visit the Writing Lab
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We will meet during our final exam meeting time--May 14--in our usual classroom,  See below.

Bring all books

**Course Evaluations
**Course Review
**Bring updated drafts of assign 2
**Organize assignments I've returned and bring to class
**Bring quiz from first day of class
**Bring article on writing and poker
**Grammar "competition" -- for extra points!

Assign 2:  One essay each group.  Submit via email as Word doc attachment on 5/15 by midnight.  Turn in peer review materials + planning schedules during our final class on 5/14--paper clip these.

Finals Week: May 13 - 17
Office Hrs during Finals Week: See website home page and all page footers

Final Class Meeting:  May 14, Tues, 12:30-2:30pm, in our usual classroom
Assign 2: Each group--2 planning schedules + 2 sets peer review materials in class.  Submit essay via email -
(see syllabus, 5/9)

Course Grades posted online: May 23 or 24

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.

Course Description and Learning Outcomes

This section of Freshman 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, activities 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--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 an emphasis on 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. 11th ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2016.

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

Purchase at Bookstore

Rules for Writers. Hacker and Sommers. 8th. ed., Bedford/St. Martin's P, 2016.
**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. 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, some quizzes (announced and possibly unannounced), peer review assignments, and three 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 - Game Story 30%
Essay 2 - Literary Analysis 30%
Assign 1 05%
Assign 2 10%
** Will be determined by point values: A=10; A- =9; B=8; C=7; D=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 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 all 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 some quizzes or assignments.

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. You have personal days to use and manage as needed.

If you miss a total of two weeks of class (six days for classes meeting three times a week; four days for classes meeting twice a week), you may fail the course. You may be able to make up missed assignments/quizzes with my approval; therefore, it is your responsibility to determine work that needs to be completed and to follow up with all logistical requirements. It may not be possible, however, to make up some assignments or quizzes.

If you are absent, you do not need to email me to explain your absence. If you would like to find out about missed information, it is best to stop by during office hours or make an appointment to see me. You can email me about missed information, but I may not be able to respond before our next class meeting. 

However, if an assignment is due or there is a quiz, then you do need to email me before or the day of the assignment due date or quiz.  And you must have a legitimate reason for your absence. You cannot just expect to be able to turn in a missed assignment or make up a quiz.

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 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.