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Instructor: Dr. Michael Rifenburg Email: Michael.Rifenburg@ung.edu Office: 206C Dunlap Hall Office Hours: M, W, F 8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. and by appointment Required Materials Wardle and Downs, eds. Writing About Writing: A College Reader (WW), Bedford. Graff and Birkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd ed. Norton. Additional readings provided by the instructor 3 ring binder
The overall objective of FYC is to introduce students to the expectations of college-level reading and expository writing. To this end, the course will emphasize understanding research and writing as processes, generating claims and supporting them with appropriate evidence, rhetorical analysis of your own writing and that of others, and the critical exploration of the conventions of ―academic‖ discourse. Taking the topic of ―writing‖ as the focal point of our inquiry throughout the semester, the major papers we’ll write for the course serve as opportunities to examine common notions of what writing is, what it entails, and how it gets accomplished.
Assignments and Grading
Final grades will be calculated according to the percentages below. Notice that equal weight is not given to each paper. Literacy Task #1: Literacy Task #2: Literacy Task #3: Journal: Presentation: Final Exam: 18% of final grade 20% of final grade 20% of final grade 15% of final grade 12% of final grade 15% of final grade
Definition of Letter Grades for Final Semester Grade:
A B 89.5- 100 79.5- 89.4
C D F
69.5- 79.4 59.5- 69.4 059.4
Keep in mind some majors require a C or higher in order to have fulfilled the course requirement.
Submission of Work
Unless specified, I ask that all graded work be typed and submitted to the D2L dropbox. The campus maintains many computer labs if access to a computer is an issue. Please follow the MLA format guidelines below: Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font (not bolded or italicized) Double-spaced No extra spaces between paragraphs (if you run Word ’07, this can be touchy) 1‖ standard margins all around Your last name and page number on each page after the first—upper right hand corner No title pages Titles should be centered. No need to bold, underline, or italicize them On the first page in the upper left have: Your name My name Course Date Finally, I will not accept papers via email or on disk, unless permission has been given.
Unless specified, I ask that you submit your 2 mini-essays and your 3 literacy tasks to the appropriate D2L dropbox. I will grade your papers using the track changes function on Microsoft Word and then re-upload your file with the grade. When submitting your paper, be sure to save your paper as one of the following: .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF.
For most of the reading assigned for our class, I will ask students to perform a reading response. The reading responses will be turned in at the beginning of class on the day that the reading is due, will be graded, and then returned. Reading responses will receive a grade of 0 (not acceptable), 1 (somewhat acceptable), or 2 (acceptable). Unless specifically assigned, these responses are not a summary, but an informed response. Each response should be ONE PAGE MINIMUM, typed, double-spaced and placed in your 3-ring binder.
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While I understand that it may be difficult to write a whole page on some of the articles we will read in class, these reading responses are very helpful for class discussion. We will be using these responses to help springboard class discussions. Additionally, students may choose to use one of our readings in one of the major papers, so thinking about the readings ahead of time may be helpful! Keep in mind that I will not accept late responses without a legitimate excuse, nor will I accept responses over e-mail unless prior arrangements have been made.
Students are allowed three (3) unexcused absences per semester in a course that meets three times a week, or two (2) in a course that meets twice a week. The penalties for missing more than that are: Penalties for Unexcused Absences 2x/week Course 3x/week Course Penalty 3 4 1 letter grade 5 7 2 letter grades 7 10 Automatic F Student-athletes and others engaged in Provost-approved activities must notify the instructor of the reason for the absence ahead of time, and arrange to complete all coursework in a timely fashion.
Students are held responsible for all material covered during any absence. I accept late major papers, but they will be penalized. Late papers will lose a full letter grade for each day the paper is late. A paper turned in one day late will be marked down one letter grade. A paper turned in two days late will be marked down two letter grades. After two days a paper will not be accepted and will receive an automatic F. Please note: one day means one day, NOT one class day. I have attached a schedule to this syllabus informing you of the due dates for all major papers; therefore, plan ahead if necessary. I am more lenient on reading responses. If your absence is excused, any work from the missed class will be due the first day you return to class. If the absence is unexcused, work must be turned in the day it’s due
Papers are never finished; we just run out of time. With this in mind, the option of revising one of the three literacy tasks is available. Note that this is optional and not required. Also, to be able to revise a paper, you have to turn on in originally. In
other words, please don’t think that if you forget to turn a paper in, you can revise it later. If you decide to revise one of your writing projects for a higher grade, you should read the assessment comments and rethink your approach to the assignment. Think of revising as rewriting. We are going for fundamental changes to paper and not simply moving commas around. Your revision grade will replace the original grade. In order to be eligible for revision, complete these three steps: Meet with me to talk about my comments and for assistance in improving the original draft Compose a revision plan where you clearly outline the necessary changes and how you plan to accomplish them Turn in a hard copy of: the original draft with my comments, your revision plan, and the revised draft. Make sure your name is on everything. Revised drafts are due the day of the final.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS PLAN PROGRAM UNG has implemented an Academic Success Plan Program to identify and provide assistance to at-risk undergraduate students. Refer you to your campus Academic Advising Center for the development of strategies that will enhance your academic success. You will be expected to take advantage of advising and other campus resources to achieve your academic goals. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES University of North Georgia is committed to equal access to its programs, services, and activities, and welcomes otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Students who require accommodations and services must register with Disability Services and submit supporting documentation. Disability Services provides accommodation memos for eligible students to give to their instructors. Students are responsible for making arrangements with instructors, and must give reasonable prior notice of the need for accommodation. Contact Information for Disability Services: § Gainesville Campus: Carolyn Swindle, Assistant Director, email@example.com, Dunlap-Mathis Building, Room 107, 678-717-3855 § Dahlonega Campus: Thomas McCoy, Assistant Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, Stewart Student Success Center, Room 313, 706-867Rifenburg Fall 2013
2782 § Oconee Campus: Erin Williams, Assistant Director, email@example.com, Administration Building, Room 112, 706-310-6202 § Cumming Instructional Site: Nicola Dovey, Director firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Bellamy, Test Facilitator, email@example.com 678-717-3855. (For on-site assistance, contact Rebecca Rose, Head Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org, Library University Center 400, 470239-3119. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY Student Code of Conduct: Please review the Student Code of Conduct located on the Dean of Students website. Plagiarism and Turnitin.com: Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site. Copyright: Both Federal and State laws forbid the unlawful duplication of copyrighted computer software or other reproductions of copyrighted material. In accordance with these policies, University of North Georgia expressly forbids the copying of such materials supplied by or used in the College. Unlawful duplication of copyrighted materials by a user may result in disciplinary action by the College under the Student Code of Conduct (Non-Academic Infractions--Prohibitions, Theft), and/or possible criminal action by the owner of the copyright. DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR POLICY Students who exhibit behaviors that are considered to obstruct or disrupt the class or its learning activities are subject to sanctions under the Board of Regents Policy on Disruptive Behavior. Behaviors which may be considered inappropriate in the classroom includes, but is not limited to, sleeping, coming in late, talking out of turn, inappropriate use of laptops or mobile devices, verbal behavior that is disrespectful of other students or the faculty member, or other behaviors that may be disruptive. Students who exhibit such behavior may be temporarily dismissed from the class by the instructor and will be subject to disciplinary procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. CLASS EVALUATIONS Class evaluations at UNG are conducted online. Evaluation of the class is considered a component of the course and students will not be permitted to access their course grade until the evaluation has been completed. The evaluations will be accessible beginning one week prior to Final Exam week.
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ACADEMIC EXCHANGE Universities welcome diversity, free speech, and the free exchange of ideas. Discussion should be held in an environment characterized by openness, tolerance of differences, and civility. The values of an intellectual community are trust, honesty, free inquiry, open debate, respect for diversity, and respect for others’ convictions. Further, the intellectual community always seeks to foster the virtues and characteristics of intelligence, curiosity, discipline, creativity, integrity, clear expression, and the desire to learn from others. It is these that must guide our work and exchanges in this class. These principles are delineated further in the ACE Statement on Academic Rights and Responsibilities. If these values and principles are breached, students have the right and responsibility to discuss their concerns with the course instructor and, as needed, the department head. Usually, the concerns are addressed at this level, but sometimes the department head may refer students to another resource. In the event that either the student or the instructor is not satisfied after discussion with each other, he/she may take his/her concerns in writing to the Associate Provost for Academic Administration. INCLEMENT WEATHER TV and radio stations will announce if the college is closed. Information on closing will also be available on our websitehttp://www.ung.edu. Students, faculty and staff who have registered under Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System will receive information not only about college and individual campus closures but also about the status of college and campus hours, including late openings. Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System Emergency situations - from natural disasters to health scares to the threats of violence require that our campus community be fully prepared and informed. Accordingly, University of North Georgia has implemented the Blackboard Connect service to enhance university communication and emergency preparedness. The Blackboard Connect system is a communication service that enables key administrators and Public Safety personnel to quickly provide all students, faculty, and staff with personalized voice and text messages. All UNG emails are added into the system automatically. In addition, you may enter a phone number so that emergency announcements can be sent to you via voice and text message. To do this, go to our Banner self-service environment; click on the tab labeled "Personal Information"; then, click on the tab named "Enter Emergency Contacts for Blackboard Connect." Here you can update your information for the Blackboard system. If you have questions, please contact Public Safety at 706-864-1500 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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COURSE GRADES AND WITHDRAWAL PROCESS Grades: A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, MW Incomplete grades (I) - This grade indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work but, for non-academic reasons beyond her/his control, was unable to meet the full requirements of the course. For undergraduate programs, if an I is not satisfactorily removed after one semester (excluding summer), the symbol of I will be changed to the grade of F by the appropriate official. For graduate programs, if an I is not satisfactorily removed after two semesters (excluding summer), the symbol of I will be changed to the grade of F by the appropriate official. Under special circumstances, this period of time can be increased with the approval of the department head and the dean. IP (In Progress) - This grade is appropriate for thesis hours, project courses, Learning Support (LS) and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. It is not appropriate for traditional credit courses. If an IP grade isn't satisfactorily removed after 3 semesters, the symbol of IP will be changed to the grade of F by the appropriate official. Under special circumstances, this period of time can be increased with the approval of the dean. However, students who receive a grade of IP in a LS course or an ESL will retain this grade due to the nature of the course. K - This symbol indicates that a student was given credit for the course via a credit by examination program. MW – Withdrawal for military exigencies CR – Credit (for Military experience) NR - This symbol indicates that the grade was not reported by the instructor. S- This symbol indicates that a student completed the course with satisfactory work. U- This symbol indicates that a student did not complete the course with satisfactory work. V - This symbol indicates that a student was given permission to audit the course. Students may not transfer from audit to credit status or vice versa. If an audit student withdraws from a course prior to the end of the term, a grade of W will be assigned as the course grade rather than a grade of V. Any audit student who is dropped by the instructor for excessive absences will be assigned a grade of W. W or WF – A W grade indicates that a student was permitted to withdraw from the course without academic penalty. Students may withdraw from courses prior to the midterm and receive a grade of W. Withdrawals without penalty will not be permitted after the midpoint of the total grading period except, in cases of hardship as determined by the appropriate official. If a student withdraws before the deadline, the grade of W will be given. The grade of WF is for students who withdraw after the deadline for the term or commit academic integrity violations. Release Statement The policy statement and syllabus are open to change upon the instructor’s discretion. Finally, continued enrollment in this class signals agreement to the policy statement.
Syllabus English 1101
Paper due dates All papers due electronically by 11:59pm that day. Literacy Task 1: September 15, Literacy Narrative Literacy Task 2: October 6, Portrait of a Writer Literacy Task 3: November 10, Discourse Community Ethnography Week by week plan Week 1 Introduction to course Journal goals for class; writing strengths and weaknesses Assignment sheet Literacy Task 1, Literacy Narrative, chapter 3 WW Journal tentative thoughts regarding assignment Week 2 Malcolm X ―Learning to Read‖ WW pp. 353-362 Week 3 Journal: detailing your educational background Sherman Alexie ―The Joy of Reading and Writing‖ WW pp. 362-367 Week 4 Journal: connecting Malcolm X and Alexie Unpacking ―literacy‖ Deb Brandt ―Sponsors of Literacy‖ WW pp. 331-353 Week 5 Writing time dedicated toward Literacy Task 1 Dennis Baron ―From Pencils to Pixels‖ WW pp. 422-442 Journal: connecting your literate development to one of the four readings LT I due Sept 15 Week 6 In-class writing workshop Week 7 Assignment sheet Literacy Task 2, Portrait of a Writer, Chapter 2 WW
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Journal tentative thoughts regarding assignment Week 8 Stephen King ―What Writing Is‖ WW, pp. 305-308 Journal: chart your writing process (intentionally open-ended!) Week 9 Annie Lamott ―Shitty First Drafts‖ WW, pp. 301-305 Susan Sontag ―Directions‖ WW, pp. 315-319 Journal: connecting Sontag, King, or Lamott to your writing process Week 10 Mike Rose ―Rigid Rules, Inflexible Plans, and the Stifling of Language‖ WW, pp. 236-251 Writing time dedicated toward Literacy Task 2 Week 11 In class peer review Literacy Task 2 due Assignment sheet Literacy Task 3, Discourse Community Ethnography, WW chapter 4 Journal tentative thoughts regarding assignment Week 12 John Swales ―The Concept of a Discourse Community‖ WW pp. 466-481 Journal: what discourse communities are you a member of? Week 13 Ann M. Johns ―Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice‖ WW, pp. 498-520. Journal: connecting terms from Swales or Johns to discourse community you are a member of Week 14 In class peer review In class presentation preparation Week 15 Literacy Task 3 due Presentations Week 16 Presentations
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