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Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number
2113
Section Number
2113
Semester
Summer I 2016
Location
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
205
Days & Times

Sec 301 MTWR 10:10 AM-12:10 PM; Sec 302 MTWR 12:20-2:20 PM 

 

Professor
Dr. Peter Fields (view Profile)

Textbooks

Best American Essays
Eds. Oates & Atwan
ISBN:
LB Brief
6th ed. (or used previous editon)
ISBN:
Course Objectives

 

  •  LB Brief. 6th ed. Jane E. Aaron. (Or any edition of LB Brief, used or new).
  • The Best American Essays of the Century. Ed. Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Atwan. Boston and New York:  Houghton Mifflin, 2000. (Paperback/used or new)
  • Write thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details.
  • Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English.

 

Course Expectations

For Blue Books, the instructor will explain how to make a one-item MLA Works Cited (bibliography). Blue Books are based on prompts provided by the instructor based on selections from The Best American Essays of the Century with special emphasis on the student’s own thoughts, knowledge, expertise, and personal experience. The instructor will explain how to use verbatim material from the stories in the form of direct quotes with parenthetical page numbers (MLA format). Students are NOT required to quote from the essays, but everyone needs to acknowledge the author and indicate the title of the story in the essay.

5 Writing Assignments (W1, W2, W3, W4, and W5) in Blue Books & Final Blue Book:

The introductory paragraph starts with a thesis position (for or against something) and explanatory rationale (two to three or four sentences); then the intro. par. offers a supporting point for each upcoming body paragraph (one sentence each), and for each supporting point, brief mention of an example (the sentence that follows the supporting point).

A body paragraph begins with a topic sentence that represents one of the supporting points in the introductory paragraph (i.e., one body paragraph per supporting point). A topic sentence is not a restatement of the thesis. The body paragraph develops in-depth with specific details the relevant example mentioned in the introductory paragraph.

Conclusion: Explain rationale again (in different words) for Thesis (do not restate supporting points/examples).

ONLINE GRAMMAR EXERCISES are worth one point each for a total of 10 points (10 percent) of the total semester grade. Students may use their own computers or those in the computer lab in Clark Student Center.

The CSC lab hours for the summer sessions are MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM; also, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Exercises are open on D2L starting at 3:00 PM of the scheduled test day and close as of 10:00 AM the following day.  

Assignment                                                           % of Grade

10 exercises on D2L                                                            10                                      

5 writing assignments:                                                 

W1   5 %; W2 10 %; W3 12%; W4 13%  W5 10%   total:    40

Final Grammar Test                                                             20                                 

Final Essay                                                                           20

Grammar Final: THUR July 7, 2016; Blue Book Final: Friday, July 8, 2015.

 

Grading Standards

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 07/08/2016 301: 10:10 AM; 302: 12:20 PM in Bea Wood 117
Submission Format Policy

In-class Blue Book Essays, Final Blue Book, & D2L exercises. Final Grammar Exam is on the computers provided in Bea Wood 117.

 


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

  During Summer One, 2016, a missed Blue Book may be made up later in the day (no questions asked) under these specific conditions: 

  • The student must take the initiative. The instructor must receive an email or phone call from the student as soon as possible the same day as the missed Blue Book. After 5:00 PM the day of the scheduled Blue Book/exam, the instructor is not obligated to make an arrangement.
  • The student should indicate when he or she will arrive that same day to make up the missed Blue Book after 2:30 and before 5:00 PM.
  • The student is at liberty simply to show up at the instructor’s office after 2:30 and before 5:00 PM and make-up a Blue Book. No appointment is required. But no make-up is guaranteed if the student did not contact the instructor.
  • Students cannot make up Blue Books after the scheduled day for that Blue Book unless a special arrangement was worked out with the instructor and the student has documentation from the appropriate professional or authority (in the instructor’s judgment) for the specific day(s) missed.
  • The above conditions and rules apply to missing the FINAL GRAMMAR EXAM and FINAL BLUE BOOK but NO MAKE UP OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE FOR ANYTHING AFTER FRIDAY, JULY 8.
  • ONLINE GRAMMAR EXERCISES are worth one point each for a total of 10 points (10 percent) of the total semester grade. Students may use their own computers or those in the computer lab in Clark Student Center. The CSC lab hours for the summer sessions are MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM; also, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Exercises are open on D2L starting at 3:00 PM of the scheduled test day and close as of 10:00 AM the following day.

IMPORTANT: If you know ahead of time that you are going to miss certain days (and certain Blue Books) for whatever reason, make sure to meet with the instructor RIGHT AWAY and make a plan to take care of the scheduled Blue Book/Exam BEFORE YOU DISAPPEAR. 

WARNING: Even if the instructor has arranged ahead of time for make-up opportunities, those missed class periods still count under the attendance policy as absences.

 

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 6 absences (excused or not), you AUTOMATICALLY fail the class unless those additional absences (after the allowed six) are specifically accounted for in documentation the instructor deems appropriate. If students miss all their allowed absences early in the semester, the instructor is at liberty to withdraw the student with a WF.

 

Other Policies

 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. NOTE FOR ENGL 2113: For Blue Books, the instructor will explain how to make a one-item MLA Works Cited (bibliography). Blue Books are based on prompts provided by the instructor based on selections from The Best American Essays of the Century with special emphasis on the student’s own thoughts, knowledge, expertise, and personal experience. The instructor will explain how to use verbatim material from the stories in the form of direct quotes with parenthetical page numbers (MLA format). Students are NOT required to quote from the essays, but everyone needs to acknowledge the author and indicate the title of the story in the essay.

According to WPR policy, students cannot withdraw from ENGL 2113 if they have 90 or more earned credit hours. Even if the instructor signs the withdrawal, that withdrawal may be invalid if the student has 90 or more earned credit hours.

E-mail contact is the most reliable: peter.fields@mwsu.edu. My office phone is 397-4246. Remember: you and I do not have an appointment just because you stopped by looking for me. E-mail or phone me to make sure.

I am not able to provide instruction by e-mail. I can answer specific questions by e-mail, but not at length or in depth. I am able to review (to a limited degree) during an office appointment, but I do not guarantee an office appointment will cover all the relevant points of what a student may miss or not understand in class. The university is not open on Fridays.

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.

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 (397-4140).

The English Department’s home page is http://www.mwsu.edu/english.  Resources for many of our courses can be found at our home page under Course Descriptions.

Be on time: The instructor takes attendance at the beginning of the class period—if you’re late, make sure he marks you present.

Disruptive behavior: The instructor will file a behavior/conduct report with the Dean of Students (the same day as the problem) if a given student is interfering with class in any way.

Electronic devices: All electronics must be put away during class. ANY USE OF ELECTRONICS DURING A BLUE BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN. The instructor doesn’t have to confront the student in order to fail the particular test in question. Cheating: Suspected dishonesty of any sort earns a ZERO for the assignment—that’s just the way it is. The instructor will contact the cheating suspect by email and indicate the student is no longer welcome in class and the grade will be an F.

Personal Concerns: Students need the instructor’s permission to leave the classroom during class. If you leave before a Blue Book or exam, or fail to return to class following an instructor-permitted break, you cannot make up the Blue Book or exam unless personally excused by the instructor.

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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

ENGL 2113 301 & 302 Syllabus & Tentative Schedule Sum I 2016-20160603-210502.doc

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 https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.