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Course Purpose: The purpose of Writing 101 is to help provide and build on the foundations in composition, grammar, and reading in preparation for future academic writing and learning situations. Writing 101 is a three-credit hour core curriculum course that partially satisfies requirements for most degree programs. The student learning outcomes for Writing 101 are: • • • • • Writing Process: Students will demonstrate writing as a process that requires brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Exploration and Argument: Students will use writing to respond to readings, explore unfamiliar ideas, question thinking different from their own, reflect on personal experiences, and develop sound arguments. Purposes and Audience: Students will produce writing suitable for a variety of purposes, with an emphasis on academic purposes. Research: Students will integrate primary sources with their own ideas through summary, paraphrase, and quotation, and document those sources properly. Conventions and Mechanics: Students will produce writing that is free of serious grammatical and mechanical errors.
Course Description: Writing 101 will assist students in recognizing and understanding different audiences and rhetorical purposes for reaching those audiences. Throughout the course, students will be assigned readings and participate in class discussions that serve to illuminate potential rhetorical purposes. In addition, students will regularly utilize a writing process that nurtures ideas and develops texts over time; the semester will feature major assignments from five different genres culminating in an ePortfolio project that serves to examine one’s own writing development. The assigned work in Writing 101 should prove simultaneously challenging and interesting, encouraging students to work with their peers and their instructor in better understanding how the written language functions academically, professionally, and privately. To that end, students will examine ideas (both their own and those of others) critically, engage in reflective practices, begin to interact with and document secondary source material in anticipation of Writing 102 or Liberal Arts 102, and learn to better understand and navigate the standard conventions of academic English.
Course Texts: Bullock, Richard, and Maureen Daly Goggin, eds. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-393-93381-9 Franklin, Tom. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. New York: Harper Perennial, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-06-221856-8
Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference with Writing in the Disciplines. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-312-60143-0 Note: Some readings outside of the texts will be posted on Blackboard. You will be required to print out copies of the materials and bring them to class on the assigned dates. More information will be given in class. Grading: Reflection Analysis In-Class Essay Argument Multimodal ePortfolio/Reflective Introduction Grading scale: A 93-100 A90-92 B+ 87-89 B 83-86 B80-82 C+ 77-79 C 73-76 C70-72 D 65-69 F 64-below
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Note: There is no extra credit given in this class. You earn what you earn, so work hard to achieve your desired grade. Major Dates: Monday, September 03 – No class for Labor Day. Wednesday, September 05 – Revised Narrative due Friday, September 28 – Revised Analysis due Monday, October 01 – Deadline for course withdrawals Wednesday, October 10 – In-Class Essay Monday, October 29 – Arguing a Position paper due Wednesday, November 14 – Multimodal project due Monday, November 19 – Friday, November 23 – No class for Thanksgiving break. Friday, November 30 – ePortfolio/Reflective Introduction due Note: Specific dates for drafts, homework, readings, and other essential aspects of the course will be provided to you in class and/or on Blackboard. Late Work: It is my policy to accept work after the due date; however, there will be a significant penalty. For each paper unit, you will be required to submit a draft and a revised copy for grading. If you do not have a draft on the peer review date, you will receive a fifteen-point penalty on your overall paper grade. Separately, you have one week from the due date to turn in a final copy for grading, but a fifteen-point penalty will apply. Therefore, if you do not have a draft on the peer review date and turn in your paper late, you will incur a penalty of thirty points. Violating just one of the above circumstances will result in a total of fifteen points being subtracted from your overall paper grade.
All Blackboard assignments are due by 8:00 a.m. on the due date listed; however, these short writings will be accepted late, as well. Unless otherwise stated, Blackboard assignments are worth five points each and are factored into your paper grades. A late assignment will be graded and lose two points as long as it is submitted within the given unit. Thus, a Blackboard assignment during the Analysis unit can only be submitted during that unit (until the day the paper is due) or it will receive no credit. Note: Blackboard work is not arbitrarily assigned. In other words, the work feeds in to the larger papers; failure to keep up with the assignments may result in less understanding of, or practice working with, the concepts that can lead to more successful larger papers/projects. Please directly post or copy and paste your homework onto Blackboard; do not attach your homework. Contact Information: Our official channels for communication in this class will be go.olemiss.edu email accounts and Blackboard. I will attempt to get preferred e-mail addresses from you and incorporate those into class lists. It is your job, however, to check Blackboard and your go.olemiss.edu e-mail account regularly for any important class information. Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all class meetings; improving writing skills takes time and is a process unlike learning content alone. In acknowledgment of the fact that students may experience some circumstances which prevent complete attendance, the following policy is in effect: MWF Courses: 5 days missed: final course grade lowered by one letter grade 6 days missed: final course grade lowered by two letter grades 7 days missed: final course grade lowered by three letter grades 8 days missed: failure T/Th and M/W Courses: 4 days missed: final course grade lowered by one letter grade 5 days missed: final course grade lowered by two letter grades 6 days missed: final course grade lowered by three letter grades 7 days missed: failure The CWR does not use "excused" or "unexcused" categories; all absences are recorded as absences. Scholarship Clause If a student is attending UM with a scholarship requiring course absences (e.g, athletics, band), the following exception applies: students will not be penalized for required absences alone, as long as the student presents to the instructor by the end of the course drop/add period an official letter from the scholarship-issuing program declaring the required absences for the entire
semester. If a scholarship student accrues absences beyond those designated by the letter, he or she will incur the penalty listed above. (For example: A scholarship student who documents a requirement to miss 5 T/Th course meetings for a scholarship and is absent 5 times will suffer no penalty; a student who documents a requirement to miss 5 T/Th course meetings for a scholarship and is absent 6 times will have the final course grade lowered by three letter grades. Students who miss 8 MWF or 7 T/Th or M/W classes for any reason will fail the course regardless of scholarships, and students who plan to miss 10% of the course should enroll in the course during another semester. Students whose scholarship-issuing programs cannot produce such a letter, or determine a schedule in advance, should take the course during another semester. Letters cannot be amended. Students suffering traumatic hardships (hospitalization, emergency service, etc.) should promptly consult section VI of the M-Book for procedures on contacting the Dean of Students. If a student is absent from a class, he or she must seek permission from the course instructor as to whether or not the missed work can be submitted for a grade. In general, students who notify an instructor of an absence in advance will be afforded the ability to submit their coursework. Tardiness: Please make every attempt to be in class on time. If you cannot make it on time for some reason, arriving late is preferable to not arriving at all. It is, however, a distraction to the class when a student enters the room late. As a precaution against tardiness, I am including a clause that affects your paper grades. The first instance of tardiness will be overlooked; a second instance results in a five-point reduction and a third instance in a ten-point penalty. If a fourth instance of tardiness occurs, it will be considered a chronic problem and you will be required to meet with me regarding the issue in addition to receiving an additional ten-point penalty. In other words, make all possible efforts to get to class on time. If you arrive more than fifteen minutes late, you will be marked absent. Cellular phones, iPods, and texting devices: Cellular phones and other electronic devices can be very distracting to your own learning and the learning of others. To guard against such distractions, you are required to turn off your phone or other electronic device and to store it in your backpack or somewhere else by the time class begins. If any devices are out during class, I will ask you to set them in the front of the room until class is over. Maintaining a high level of focus during class is important to your success; thus, limiting technological distractions will help us all better focus. EXCEPTION: If you have a very special circumstance (e.g., a sick relative, an expecting relative, a job that requires standby, etc.), notify me before class and we will work out some arrangement that accommodates your situation. Disabilities: UM Student Disability Services If you have a documented disability as described by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.L. 933112 Section 504) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and would like to request academic and/or physical accommodations please contact Student Disability Services at 234 Martindale Center, 662-915-7128. Course requirements will not be waived but reasonable accommodations may be provided as appropriate. Please consult http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/sds/ for more information on student disability services.
Plagiarism: All work that you submit under your name for credit at UM is assumed to be your original work. While teachers hope and expect for you to incorporate the thinking of others in your work, you must credit others’ work when you rely upon it. In your written assignments, there are only three methods for properly importing the work of others: quotation, paraphrase, and summary (see pp. 376-379, 448-451, and 502-504 in A Writer’s Reference). The penalty for plagiarism in Writing 100, 101, 102, or LIBA 102 is failure of the course. Additional penalties are possible. Upon determining plagiarism, the instructor will notify the student and the Director of the Center for Writing and Rhetoric in writing. Students may appeal this finding and/or penalty by notifying the UM Academic Discipline Committee within 14 days of the instructor’s decision. The applicable full UM policy is ACA.AR.600.001 and should be consulted by any student concerned with plagiarism. Broadly speaking, plagiarism is completely avoidable: if you are ever uncertain whether or not you are committing plagiarism, ask your instructor. Class Decorum: The classroom is a place of learning; others are paying to be here too. Please make sure not to distract others from learning, and to respect the opinions of others. From time to time we will review each other’s writing, either in peer review sessions or by workshopping an essay. Please follow the guideline of being a “critical friend” in all of your reviewing of classmates’ work. Students who cannot adhere to these behavioral expectations are subject to discipline in accordance with the procedures described in the M Book. Policies Subject to Change: All information in this syllabus is subject to change at any time, especially during the first weeks of the semester. I will announce changes to our schedule during class time and also via Blackboard. You are responsible for changes to the schedule as they arise, regardless of whether or not you attend class. University Writing Center: Make contact with a Writing Center tutor as soon as possible. Aside from one-on-one meetings with me during office hours, the best way to improve your writing is to work with the tutors at the UM Writing Center – 3rd floor, J.D. Williams Library. Many successful students begin going to the Writing Center with essay one and continue working with various tutors over the course of a semester, making appointments with tutors for each essay they write. The goal of the Writing Center is to help students become better, independent writers, so the tutors don’t “proofread” or merely “correct” errors. They will help you to brainstorm, talk about research and explore resources, and yes, they will answer your grammar questions. To learn more about Writing Center hours, scheduling and services, please go to http:///www.olemiss.edu/depts/writing_center/.
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