Class Meets: MWF 10-11 T306/ 12-1 T209
Instructor's Office: T315B
Phone: 338-2471 (my office, voicemail)
Office Hours: MWF 11-12, T Th 9:30-10:30
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test score, or successful completion of WR 40 or WR 115, or equivalent with instructor's permission.
Description: This course is designed to improve your essay writing skills. This quarter we will discuss the writing process, and will work on all the steps that lead to a good essay: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Part of this process will involve workshopping your papers. This means you will be sharing works-in-progress with other people—a great way for you to get feedback from other people and also to practice your reading and editing skills. During the course of discussing proofreading, we will review basic fundamentals of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Texts and Supplies:
Hacker, A Writer’s Reference
Stapler—you are required to staple all papers that are more than 1 page.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to write an essay that
1) has a clear main idea
2) has specific supporting details
3) has a lively, interesting opening paragraph
4) has a meaningful conclusion
5) is well-organized with ideas, paragraphs, and sentences that flow well
6) is written in your own voice
7) shows your own style with figurative language
8) shows evidence of revising, editing, and proofreading
Assignments and Grading:
100 points essays (5 essays, 20 points each)
90-100 A, 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, 0-59 F
Note: There will also be several grammar assignments, in-class assignments, group work, workshop, etc. These will not be scored but will be graded “plus” for good work, “check” for average work, or “minus” for below-average work. I will look at these marks when calculating your final grade, and if you fall very close between two grades, then these marks will determine whether you get the higher or lower grade.
Late Paper Policy: It is your responsibility to get your completed work handed in on time. On time means you have your paper ready to hand in at the exact time class starts. Any paper that comes in after that will not be read but will receive 12 points only. Should an emergency come up (you are in hospital, death in immediate family), please discuss it with me before the deadline to make other arrangements.
Attendance Policy: You are expected to come to class every day. You are also expected to come on time, so you don’t disturb the class by coming in late. If you miss more than 3 classes, your grade will probably suffer because you will miss important announcements, assignments, discussions, etc. If you have to miss class, please try to call in or email and leave me a quick message so I know why. This shows me you are trying to be responsible. Do not email me your homework unless you ask me first, please.
Plagiarism: If you hand in a paper written by another person, you will fail the assignment and probably fail the course. In case I have any questions about the authenticity of your work, please save all drafts and notes, as well as graded essays, until you receive your report card.
Check Student Handbook for all policies not covered by this syllabus.
The most important advice I can give you for succeeding in this class can be summed up in these two policies:
I. Be a Proactive Learner
Come to class regularly (if you are absent, call in to let me know)
Come to class on time
Come to class prepared to learn (do your homework, bring your supplies)
If you are confused or unsure, ask the teacher for help
If you need extra help with a writing concept, you can visit the writing lab
If something is bothering you, come to the teacher’s office to discuss
Give this class your full effort and attention
Keep track of your own grade as we go through the quarter
II. Be Respectful of Others
Don’t “pack your bags” before you are dismissed
Don’t carry on private conversations during lecture or discussion—this is rude
Turn off your cell phone before coming to class; do not text
Don’t get up and walk out in the middle of lecture or discussion
Be a good listener when others are speaking