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Secondary Reading and Language Arts

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2015
Bea Wood Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:20 PM

Becky Green (view Profile)


In the Middle
Lord of the Flies
Course Objectives


  • Design, implement, and present instruction of the secondary English language arts: writing, reading, listening/speaking, and viewing/representing
  • Practice critical and creative thinking in the development of a writing/reading workshop


Course Expectations


I prefer faci-to-face meetings durring my office hours and email contact at  My other contact information is on page 1. 

When writing an e-mail message, follow conventions of standard written English.  Do not use text-code when you write, and be sure to include a greeting (Ms. Green,) and a signature (your name). 

What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7. While I do check my email and voicemail, excluding weekends, I do not necessarily check them more than once a day or late in the evenings.

 You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I am very responsive to email questions as long as I know who the email is from and have all information necessary to provide a complete answer. Please speak slowly and comprehensibly if leaving a voicemail message so that I can decipher your name, message, and return phone number as well.

Grading Standards


Assignment                                                                  % of Grade

Oral Report                                                                   10

Midtern Ex                                                                     10

Research Paper                                                          40

Observation Paper                                                      20

Minilesson                                                                    10

Final Exam                                                                    10


Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A = 100-90%; B = 89-80%; C = 79-70%; D = 69-60%; F = 59-0%.



Final Exam 05/12/2015 5:45-7:45 PM
Submission Format Policy


All writing assignments must be typed and follow MLA format.  

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy


The policy for submitting late work is as follows:  If you are unable to submit an assignment or make a presentation when it is due (as noted on the course syllabus), send me an e-mail before the due date requesting an extension. After you receive my response, print out correspondence as evidence of the extension and include it with your assignment on the newly scheduled date.  If you trade presentation dates with a classmate, send me an email noting the change.

Late work that does not follow this procedure will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


If you have more than 4 absences (the equivalent of 2 weeks of class), excused or not, you fail the class.  Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss 2 weeks of class—class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course.  If you miss class, you miss valuable participation and peer support, as well as announcements regarding future assignments.   


Please don’t feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy, but you must accept the consequences.  Consider it your responsibility to be present and prepared for class so that you can do as well as you wish and gain as much as you can.

Other Policies

 I consider this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment. 

Be on time:  If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.

Practice courtesy:  If you arrive late to class, remain outside the classroom if I or a fellow student is making a presentation.  If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when a lesson or presentation ends.  Disruptive behavior—which prevents me from teaching, your peers from learning, and all of us from writing and reading—is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent. 

 All cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class.    Drinking is not allowed in the classroom.  You may bring a drink in a spill-proof container.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at