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Syllabus (ENGL 5361) Summer 2010 (Basic Writing Pedagogy)

Syllabus (ENGL 5361) Summer 2010 (Basic Writing Pedagogy)

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ENGL 5361.201M-Th: 2:00 to 3:55 p.m.
ENG 10803: SyllabusMWF 11:00 to 11:50
Basic Writing Pedagogy
Summer 2010
Attendance/Participation
Since this is a summer term, your attendance becomes vitally important. You must attend and beon time for class, because the work we will do during class will be crucial to your understanding of 
 
INSIDE THISSYLLABUS
Course Policies andProcedures . . . . . . . . . . 2
Attendance/ParticipationLate WorkTechnology StatementIn-Class Conduct
Course Policies . . . . . . 3
Paper FormatAcademic HonestyDiversity StatementStudents with DisabilitiesAdvising
Course Policies . . . . . . 4
Office HoursCourse Calendar Teaching PhilosophySocial Networking
Student LearningOutcomes . . . . . . . . . . . 5
ListingGraphTableAssignments/Grading . . . 6Grade DistributionGrading ScaleAssignments/Grading . . . 7Grade Appeal ProcessGraduate Student StandardsQuestions
Daily Schedule . . . . . . . 8
 
Course Description
Since Mina Shaughnessy (1977) articulated her views of “basic writers”/”basicwriting” with
Errors and Expectations
, the challenges and joys of teachingunderprepared students how to write specifically to meet the expectations of anacademic audience have been debated. Of course, this short history is embedded inthe longer history of composition and the “woes” of underprepared college writers.Social factors such as the GI bill and other efforts to provide a college education togreater numbers of students, usually driven by national economic interests, have ledto the fact that writing “abilities” of our current student population has becomeincreasingly relevant to administrators and the public. We are caught, additionally,between the narrowing gap of the 2014
No Child Left Behind 
deadline crippling K-12education, increasing political pressure to make higher education accountable, andbudget-driven pressures to both recruit and retain as many students as we can,even in an “elite” public institution such as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Basic writing” questions are relevant to all levels of education, but we will focus onpost-secondary teaching issues such as placement, assignments, definitions, andrelated social, political, and historical issues to the teaching of basic writing.For this course, a background in composition theory is assumed; the theories of writing as process and the history of composition and rhetoric will not be covered.Those students who have not previously taken composition theory will be at adisadvantage. All students, however, are expected to review references to majortheories/authors if that is necessary to make readings clear.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
:
Professor:Dr. Billie HaraEmail:Twitter:@ProfHaraPhone: (361) 825-2360Office: FC 274ACourse Blog:Office Hours: M-Th 12:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and
by appt 
.
 
REQUIRED TEXTS
:
Rose,
Lives on the Boundary 
Carter
 , The Way Literacy Lives
Adler-Kassner,
Basic Writing as a Political Act 
Bernstein,
Teaching Developmental Writing
.Various .pdf files (accessible through website)Internet accessPortable storage medium (e.g. flash drive)A few dollars on your SandDollar card for printouts.
Course policies
Course Policies and Procedures
 
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ENGL 3360.201M-Th: 2:00 to 3:55 p.m.
Basic Writing Pedagogy
Summer 2010
 
the material and your success in the course. In addition, as a graduate course, this is aprofessional course, and you are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner, whichincludes good attendance. If you are alive, you need to be here. To be considered present, youmust be in class on time, participate in all class activities, and remain in class for the entire period.
Absences
If dire circumstances cause you to miss class, let me know and I will work with you.
The only excused absence is a university sanctioned one. Extra-curricular (non-academic) activities, studying for another course, breaking up with a boyfriend /girlfriend, and very many similar issues are not sufficient cause to miss this class orto be late with an assignment.
Excessive absences will lower your final grade: after one absence (which is theequivalent to one week in a longer semester), you will lose one letter grade for eachadditional absence.
At three or more absences, you will fail the course. (three weeks of instruction)
Missing class the day an assignment is due does not automatically mean you getmore time to complete that assignment.
Tardies
If you arrive at class after your name is called, you are tardy. Two tardies equal oneunexcused absence.
Late Work
Because the summer session is so short and moves so quickly, I will not take your formal essayslate. The only exception is a
verifiable
catastrophe in your life. There are no other exceptions tothis rule.
Technology Issues
Graduate work relies heavily on access to computers, specific software, and the Internet. At somepoint during the semester you WILL have a problem with technology: your laptop will crash, a filewill become corrupted, a server will go down, or something else will occur
.
These are facts, notemergencies. Technology problems are no excuse for unfinished work. Count on "stuff" happeningand protect yourself by doing the following: Plan ahead – start early, particularly if scarceresources are required. Save work often – at least every ten minutes. Make regular backups of files in a different location from the originals. Save drafts of work at multiple stages. When editingan image, set aside the original and work with a copy. Practice safe computing when surfing theweb and checking email. On your personal computer, install and use software to control virusesand malware.
In-Class Conduct
In general, treat each other and me with respect and follow simple standards of common courtesy.Here are a few specifics:
Please
turn off 
all cell phones or other electronic communication devices and place them out of sight (in a bag, purse, pocket) while in class.
Please do not bring food to class (it can be highly disruptive). If you wish to have a drink, as Iwill usually have one, please make sure it has a secure lid.
When group work is assigned in class, you must work in a group, not as an individual.
During group work time, please stay on task and work cooperatively with other group members.
 
Course policies
Course Policies and Procedures
 
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Paper Format
All out-of-class writing, including rough drafts, must be word-processed and in the formatdiscussed in class. (This is generally double-spaced, normal font (Times New Roman orAriel) in a 12-point font, 1” margins.)
Academic Honesty/Plagiarism
The university will not tolerate plagiarism or any other form of intellectual/academicdishonesty. Plagiarism is a serious violation of departmental and University policies, but itis sometimes difficult to understand what plagiarism actually is. Often, students commitunintentional plagiarism (not citing sources properly, for example), because they areunaware of the standards that apply. In general, any work that contains material fromsources (including your textbooks) must be documented properly. Work that is turned infor the course that is plagiarized will be failed. If you are unsure about your use of sources,please consult with me or visit the writing center (in the TLC, in Library 216) for advice onsource documentation BEFORE the item is due. For this course, you must use either APA orMLA citation style but be consistent. Any grammar handbook and many web sites havedirections on correct citation. You can find an excellent review of the various forms of plagiarism, good for any teacher to review/use, at this link. It is long, but worthwhile.(http://firstyear.tamucc.edu/wiki/Resources/PlagiarismTutorial).
Acceptance of Diversity
We are the most diverse campus, in terms of racial identity, in the Texas A&M system. Thismeans that we are all meeting and working with people who are different from ourselves interms of their identities: whether that is defined by their race, ethnicity, class, gender,sexual orientation, and/or religion. Respecting and accepting difference is vital to yoursuccess in this class, on this campus, as a future teacher in your own classroom, and in theglobal community.
Students with Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute thatprovides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among otherthings, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learningenvironment, which provides reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believeyou are a student requiring an accommodation, please contact the Office for Students withDisabilities at 825-5816. Students with special needs (recognized and documented by theUniversity) should notify me so we can discuss appropriate instructional aides oraccommodations. These conversations will be confidential.
Academic Advising
The College of Arts and Humanities requires that students meet with an Academic Advisoras soon as they are ready to declare a major. The Academic Advisor will set up a degreeplan, which must be signed by the student, a faculty mentor, and the department chair.The College's Academic Advising Center is located in Driftwood 203E, and can be reached at825-3466. If your major is in another College (e.g., Education), please contact that collegefor information and requirements about advising.
Course policies
Course Policies and Procedures
 
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