SPRING 2011

SYLLABUS for L. FOSTER-EASON¶S
Developmental Writing II - ENGL 0305 s01 (20776. 201120) Developmental Writing II - ENGL 0305 s02 (20777. 201120) Developmental Writing II - ENGL 0305 s03 (20779. 201120) Developmental Writing II - ENGL 0305 s04 (24926. 201120)
--Do not buy textbooks or other supplies until after the first class session has met.--

instructions will be reviewed. My phone number is 972. if you don't come to class regularly.377. The ³details" for all assignments will be dealt with during class: this is an important point to note because. Before any assignment is due. acknowledging that they have been told how to access the syllabus online. and updates! (Students without home computers may access the web page via PCs in the college¶s libraries and computer labs. GETTING IN TOUCH WITH THE TEACHER Your instructor is Laura Foster-Eason. and this document probably won't do much to clarify things. I suggest you print it off and keep a copy for future reference. strategies and hints will be given. it also attempts to familiarize you with my policies and the assignments I¶ll be making. questions will be answered.collin. Also included is a course calendar and information on how grades will be determined. reading assignments. You are further encouraged to regularly visit my web site (http://iws.collin. you're not likely to understand what's expected of you. and will be held accountable to its policies. In addition. In addition to providing a course overview. and updates.1036.edu/lfoster) for important course documents. have been advised to read it. This supplement does.edu/lfoster Check the web page regularly for important course documents. Students will be asked to sign a statement. I¶ve outlined the conditions for submitting assignments via the computer. too. practice activities.GENERIC SYLLABUS VERSUS THIS SUPPLEMENT ³Generic´ syllabi for all Developmental Writing courses are available through the ³Syllabus Depot´ (http://iws. instructions. My e-mail address is lfoster@collin. reading assignments. and examples will be discussed. These generic syllabi offer brief descriptions of a course. You are strongly encouraged to visit me during my office hours and otherwise take advantage of the opportunities that will be afforded you to "conference" about works in progress.collin.11:00a Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays « 2:30p ± 4:00p Tuesdays/Thursdays « by appointment WEB PAGE http://iws.) .edu/syllabus/). its basic requirements.edu Office hours and web page information are noted below. but it is more specifically related to the class section in which you¶re enrolled. assignment instructions. extra examples. and pertinent college policies. (me!) I office in D246 at the Spring Creek Campus. OFFICE HOURS 10:00a .

CREDIT HOURS: Lecture Hours (3). Similarly. LEARNING OUTCOMES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Upon successful completion of this course. . Please note that it will be held to the same strict deadlines as assignments presented in person and will not be accepted if submitted late (even by a few minutes). Required Lab Hours (1) requirements for an associate degree. the student will be able to use advanced methods of paragraph development and produce well organized essays that demonstrate readiness to begin the next level of the writing program.E-MAIL ADDRESS lfoster@collin. Students have the option to e-submit most completed assignments. I do not address grade questions via e-mail. Also note that the student bears responsibility for lost e-mails. a student should not send e-mails following absences. e-mailed work must be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment or as a pdf document. This course may not be used to satisfy the PREREQUISITE: Assessment and/or successful completion of English 0300. rejected deliveries. inquiring after what was missed in class. Mail from other sources may not be opened or even get through the college¶s spam filtering system! A link on my web page explains how the CougarMail system is accessed. or any other e-difficulties that interfere with the timely submission of e-assignments. listing your course and section number in the message¶s subject line. A more appropriate tact is to schedule an appointment and/or check the web page for updates. Instead. faulty attachments. Although I generally respond to all student e-mails (2-business-day turnaround) and will verify that assignments were received. any student wishing to discuss his or her progress is more than welcome to set up a conference.edu Send e-mails from your ³CougarMail´ account. COLLEGE REPEAT POLICY: Developmental courses may be taken for a combined total of no more than 27 credit hours. However.

library orientation.COURSE DELIVERY METHOD: Lectures. a state law that impacts nearly all college students in Texas. the Developmental Writing faculty has established the following basic requirements for this course: . individuals who have failed the writing section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (or other state-approved test) are. oral presentations. Once in a developmental writing class. HOW THE CLASS IS STRUCTURED Per departmental policy. small group discussions. class discussion. and personal conferences. and sentence construction are presented on a ³review´ basis. then. In accordance with state policy. computer-assisted instruction. I will add that my overriding purpose is to help students improve their writing. placed in the appropriate-level Developmental English class. It is designed to measure competency in reading. Collin¶s developmental courses are designed to promote student success and to ensure college readiness. writing. depending on their scores. audio/visual materials. (Students might be interested to know that a separate. class discussions. grammar. so a good starting point in this discussion is to review the law itself: The Texas Success Initiative was mandated by the 78th Texas Legislature. group activities.) INITIAL ASSESSMENT (HOW DID I END UP IN A DEVELOPMENTAL CLASS?) Developmental Education classes are closely connected to the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Developmental Writing classes are designed to rely on a combination of lecture. especially when students complete the required developmental course(s) early in their college careers. And while the focus is on paragraph and essay development. While the above official course description is accurate. Punctuation. intensive grammar course is offered for those who need for more instruction in these areas. and individual conferences. better sentences and vocabulary building are also emphasized. and mathematics and to provide developmental courses in areas identified as deficiencies. students advance on the basis of their performance on the departmental final that is administered toward the end of each course. Furthermore.

" or "C" and is not recommended for an "I/P. and give basic descriptions of the various assignments I¶ll be making. more appropriate point in the semester. fulfilling the minimum lab requirement and completing course work assignments). my classes adhere to these guidelines. but who are not at competency level.) 2.e. but one aspect is quite normal: one cannot pass if the basic criteria are not met. 2.. 3. that Developmental W riting courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements of an Associate's degree and do not qualify for academic credit. And there are other ways in which grades in developmental classes are different from those in credit courses. Here are some additional points about grades in developmental courses: 1. satisfactory completion of the required lab component (Please note that the lab work requires an estimated hour per week of out-of-class time. Other parts of this syllabus explain how specifically you earn your grade. In cases in which an I/P is merited. provide you with a course calendar. the instructor will complete a special form. It is not possible to receive a "D" in a Developmental Writing course. throughout the semester. Information about the departmental final will be disseminated at a later. online links. you¶ll also get more detailed instructions on them (most often via handouts. The In/Progress or ³I/P´ grade is available for students with no more than three absences who have completed at least 70% of the course requirements (i. of course. which the student must sign and the dean . satisfactory completion of the instructor-specified course work (Some assignments and tests may be administered at the college¶s Testing Center and/or other campus facilities. and." "B." then he or she will receive an "F" in the course. successful completion of the departmental final (essay format) 4. satisfactory attendance (in accordance with the professor¶s policies) Needless to say.) 3. or your textbook). GRADES IN DEVELOPMENTAL CLASSES It should be noted. first of all.1. If a student is unable to earn an "A. Students receiving I/Ps must agree to re-enroll in Developmental English.

and given tests. This is not to say that feedback will not be offered or that students aren¶t expected to complete work. asked to write papers. However. Grade-less Grading Attendance Participation Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Fair Fair Poor Dep¶t Final Pass Fail Pass Fail Pass Grade ³A´ ³IP´ ³B´ ³F´ ³C´ Students will be assigned exercises. Instead.must approve. they typically "count" for purposes of financial aid as well as scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs. and none will be formally graded. but the chart below summarizes the concept and provides a table outlining how final grades are determined. it¶s just that a student¶s final grade will not derive from ³scores´ on completed assignments. I will explain this somewhat unusual system in class and address any questions you might have. (Please note that if a student does not make him. a student will earn his or her course grade based solely upon three factors: attendance. Moreover. he or she will be assigned a failing grade. they do appear on student transcripts. an essay administered toward the end of semester. ³Progress report´ documents and Basic Concept: . participation. and his or her performance on a departmental final. all of these assignments are strictly voluntary.) 4.or herself available to sign the form before final grade reports are submitted. GRADES IN THIS CLASS I employ a grade-less grading system wherein assignments are not given traditional grades. While grades in developmental courses are excluded from grade point calculations.

it is not possible to pass this class without also passing the departmental final. are less involved in class discussions. and appears to be making a genuine effort to improve. joins in class discussions. ³Good´ participation means one regularly turns in assignments. Every two tardies (or early departures) will count as an absence. ³fair´ attendance means only two to three absences. Note regarding Attendance and Participation: ³F´ ³C´ ³F´ ³C´ ³F´ ³C´ ³F´ ³C´ ³F´ ³C´ For long terms.´ ³Poor´ participation is those who rarely or never do the assigned projects and exercises and/or do not engage themselves in class discussions or conferences. and whose effort seems ³average. Summer and express terms are adjusted accordingly. Note regarding ³IP´s and ³F´s: Per college policy.Good Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor Good Good Fair Fair Poor Fail Pass Fail Pass Fail Pass Fail Pass Fail Pass Fail Pass ³F´ ³B´ conference opportunities will be provided as ways for individuals to ascertain how well they are doing in the class. ³good´ attendance means zero or one absence only. Their effort and interest in the class comes across as minimal. seeks out feedback with a positive attitude. it is possible to pass the test . and ³poor´ attendance means four or more absences. ³Fair´ participation is for those who turn in only some of the voluntary assignments. however.

I provide students with an online self-evaluation form. for some classes.) Common courtesy dictates that students notify instructors before "dropping. Even so. in any case. However.´ or ³In-Progress´ grade. a student may withdraw from any class he or she is unable/unwilling to complete. I encourage you to avail yourself of these before problems become insurmountable. . any student wishing to discuss his or her progress with me is more than welcome to set up a conference. but students should understand that I will only award I/Ps to those with good attendance and good participation. Furthermore. Please note that official progress reports are not distributed in college (except for dual credit students)." (Copies of the withdrawal form are available through one¶s advisor. everyone who passes the test will be awarded at least a ³C." but. under this system. If a person ignores college procedures and simply stops coming to class without withdrawing. on the other hand. DROPPING THE CLASS Provided he or she does so before the deadline. automatically fail the class²unless they qualify for an ³IP. one must initiate a formal procedure through the Registrar¶s Office to change his or her enrollment status. I suggest everyone review the grade policy (outlined in the course syllabus) in its entirety. but students in ³express´ sections are advised to consult with the Registrar¶s Office to ascertain the relevant date for these special courses. Be aware that a student must initiate the procedure and. (Withdrawal deadlines for most classes are generally published on various Collin web pages and academic calendars.´ Students who fail the test.Poor Poor Fail ³F´ and move forward in the course sequence even with a failing grade in the class. However. the instructor is required to record the course grade as an "F. as a courtesy." This has less to do with my make-up policies as it has to do with the realities of missing instruction. students should be understand that to withdraw is to do something more than to no longer attend class.) I have placed several links on my web page to direct students to the wide range of support services available to them to assist with academic difficulties. I will encourage students who have extensive or repeated bouts of sickness to drop since it is frequently very difficult for such students to "catch up. and I do not address grade questions via e-mail. as an educator. required to acquire the signatures of various advisors and academic deans to process the paperwork.

) OTHER HIGHLIGHTED COLLEGE POLICIES All students should be familiar with the Collin Student Handbook. Collin College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. and other forms of passive-aggressive behavior are also perceived as discipline problems. This is critical because these concepts are usually the building blocks for the new ones. Then. It is frankly hard to keep up with current assignments while making up old ones. collusion. Finally. The same is true of students undergoing a personal or family crisis or those whose job is interfering with schoolwork. Personal laptops are allowed.Not having the opportunity to ask questions in class (or hear the questions of classmates) and not being able to participate represent real obstacles because these missed opportunities cannot truly be made up. Often a student won't fully understand the already-covered concepts. This is also true of repeated tardiness. perhaps. discourage frivolous decisions regarding course enrollment and completion. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Every member of the Collin College community is expected to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. and. Cell phones and other devices should not be used in class as they can distract other students and/or the instructor. A fresh start during another semester may be "better" than struggling by with less-than-quality work that recuperating-but-often-still-feeling-poorly people sometime turn in. and like inappropriate behavior. Scholastic dishonesty includes. if it proves to be an ongoing issue. Rudeness. by their very nature. acts. (The two most significant of these are described in the next section of this supplement and are also outlined fully in the student handbook. Also note that sleeping in class is not allowed. sullenness. but is not limited to. statements. Severe or repeated disciplinary lapses will be reported to the Dean of Students. Scholastic dishonesty may involve. and/or the submission of one¶s own work material that is not one¶s own. too. I¶ve highlighted a few i mportant policies for you to keep in mind. but is not limited to. but their use should be strictly connected to class activities. As a final word on ³dropping. subject a student to disciplinary actions ranging from grade penalties to expulsion. Still. to withdraw from the course. use of annotated texts or teacher¶s . which. STUDENT CONDUCT: Any student who disrupts class with unruly behavior will be asked to leave the room immediately and. or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree. dwindling time and countless other unstoppable factors may make dropping the wisest move. Combine missed opportunities with the continuing nature of the semester and the problems of catching up really begin to mount. plagiarism. one or more of the following acts: cheating. will be treated as a disciplinary problem. misuse of the college¶s computers and printers also represents a violation of the student code of conduct.´ I caution students to be aware of and heed the college¶s enrollment policies.

including but not limited to. state. selling. soliciting. or otherwise obtaining course assignments and/or examination questions in advance.881.911 of the Texas Education Code. providing a paper or project to another student. stealing. using someone else¶s work for assignments as if it were one¶s own. removing tests or answer sheets from a test site. Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination. IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT POLICIES: ³REPEAT POLICY:´ In accordance with policies put forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.881. Collin will allow a student who is absent from class for the observance of a religious holy day to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable amount of time. ³a course in which a grade (including W) has been received can be repeated only one time to replace the grade. and/or falsifying academic records. It is the student's responsibility to contact the ACCESS Office (972. or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course. and allowing a classmate to copy answers. failing to secure academic work.5898 or V/TTD: 972.5950) in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations. buying. including any conduct through electronic or computerized means: Plagiarism is the use of an author¶s words or ideas as if they were one¶s own without giving credit to the source. copying computer or Internet files. and local laws. including.editions. 881. use of information about exams posted on the Internet or electronic medium. A copy of the state rules and procedures regarding this provision as well as the form for notification of absence are available from the Admissions and Records Office (972. but not limited to. RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS: In accordance with Section 51. and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. the catalog states. ADA STATEMENT: It is the policy of Collin College to provide for qualified individuals with documented disabilities. While specific examples are listed below. providing an inappropriate level of assistance. collaborating with another student during an examination without authority. this is not an exhaustive list and scholastic dishonesty may encompass other conduct.´ . failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. using.5710). regulations. Collusion is intentionally or unintentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty. communicating answers to a classmate about an examination or any other course assignment. The college adheres to all applicable federal.

This restriction is effective retroactive to Fall 2002. sometimes referred to as the ³Rule of 27.881. he or she should withdraw before the ³census date. regardless of whether the dropped class is a credit class or not. This rule. . Having said that. BOOKS AND SUPPLIES I will begin with some pretty standard college-going advice: do not buy textbooks or other supplies until after the first class session has met. Presently. (The census date for every semester is published in online academic calendar/registration guide. too. off-campus bookstores and/or commercial websites if you wish. However.) Students may drop classes during this period without a ³W´ attaching to their transcript.level class more than twice. you are certainly free to purchase your books from non-affiliated. financial aid and scholarship programs ³count´ withdrawals. all students should understand that it is important to undertake their classes seriously and drop them only after careful consideration. 1231: Recently passed laws now require all state colleges and universities to monitor and limit the number of course withdrawals (i. Ws) a student may make during his or her college tenure. After all. the book/supply list for this class is fairly typical for an English class. the design behind all enrollment policies is to move students toward a smooth and timely graduation. students are cautioned to realize that both earned Fs²and Ws²count toward the 27-hour limit.. which is also based on legislative directives. ³27-HOUR RULE:´ This policy. I encourage students to pay special attention to the add-drop period. While there are some exceptions outlined in the law.5770). Sometimes. And I will quickly note that while the college bookstore is a good source for buying your books and supplies. has the practical effect of limiting a student to nine 3-hour courses (which number is to include all the remedial English. If not.´ restricts students to an aggregate total of 27 hours of developmental education courses. I have also recorded it for you on your Course Calendar.5782) and/or Student Development Office (972. TEXAS H. the Rule of 27 supersedes the ³Repeat policy. the number in question is six.B. Students with questions about this policy are referred to Academic Advising (972.´ so it is possible for a student to take a developmental.´ the date by which class rolls are deemed final. math. Even though developmental-level classes are in part (and in some cases totally) exempt from some of the more stringent enrollment policies imposed by the state.e. and reading classes a student may take in an effort to qualify for college-level courses).881. It behooves every student to reviews each syllabus and see whether he or she will be able to comply with the attendance policy and/or meet the expected time and work commitments.

2007. REQUIRED TEXTS: y For 0300/0305: o Foster-Eason.) 3. RECOMMENDED TEXTS: y For 0300/0305: o Biays and Wershoven. Houghton Mifflin. a flash drive (or any other dependable means for backing up work)(Students in the computer classroom should bring the device to class²labeled!) 6. and works in progress) 5. tests and exercises over a variety of writing skills. ISBN # 978-0-131-94830-3. folders w/ pockets (for web print-outs. Laura et al. 5th Edition. Pearson. 2. handouts. returned assignments.) o instructional study aides (English Simplified and/or Writing Simplified) o a collegiate dictionary (Please note: electronic dictionaries and translators are fine for in-class use but are disallowed in the Testing Center. I can summarize by saying the course work consists of a vocabulary project. pen and paper (for note-taking purposes) 4. copies (that is. the ability to make them) 7. calendar (or some other reliable system to keep up with due dates) GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE ASSIGNMENTS Though you will receive separate instructions for specific assignments. The lab work will involve studentteacher conferences and grammar instruction. 4th Ed.1. Along These Lines. For here. 2004. (The publisher of this book maintains a web site that presents much helpful instructional material related to grammar and writing principles. ENGL 0300/ENGL 0305 Writing Textbook. . and numerous writing assignments (paragraphs and essays). ISBN # 978-0-618-97401-6. this handout includes a course calendar that spells out what is due and when.

The lab isn¶t a place. You complete the test toward the end of the semester. attendance will be recorded. and it is your performance on this essay (along with your TSI status) that determines which English class you should take next. as has been mentioned. but it does contribute significantly to your grade in the sense that the pass-fail essay must be passed in order for students to receive a passing grade in the class. In this class. and echo the expectations future professors and employers will likely have of you. It is designed to test your mastery of the skills this course teaches. allow you to refamiliarize yourself with punctuation and grammar rules. the departmental final is. students in ³express´ or ³summer´ sections. Needless to say. They expose you to the conventions of good writing. prompt attendance is both required and appreciated. It is not graded. one of the goals of the class is to prepare you to do the best you can on this test. ATTENDANCE POLICY Regular. Students enrolled in ³regular´ course sections are limited to 4 absences. It¶s just a series of exercises and activities an instructor assigns to complement the concepts being taught in the course. a course requirement. two. and students should understand that excessive absences have severe negative consequences and may cause an individual to fail the course. encourage you toward good study habits.All these requirements²along with the additional requirements of passing the departmental final and maintaining satisfactory attendance--help prepare you for college-level English. .) In any case. the lab work emphasizes grammar and punctuation rules and will involve both student-teacher conferences and a series of quizzes. WHERE TO GO FOR THE LAB Don¶t get confused about this. (Research also suggests that it¶s practically a necessity for academic success. HOW THE DEPARTMENTAL FINAL WORKS Although not technically a part of the course work or lab work. but I¶ll get you the specific information on the ³when and where´ of the test¶s administration at a later juncture in the semester. provide you with practice at implementing effective writing strategies.

I generally do not respond to e-mails requesting information about ³what I missed. and these are permitted only when students follow college rules regarding such absences. Doing so also helps ensure that you have every opportunity to complete all course requirements. Whenever possible. should a tardy student just sit there doing nothing. Neither. employers." Similarly. And also because I go to the trouble to maintain the aforementioned web site. colleges generally do not ³excuse´ absences. unlike public high schools. he or she should look for an appropriate moment to "get up to speed. as it is impossible to do so anyway." Of course. Only absences for religious reasons are exempt from these requirements. or a paper could be turned in early or be submitted by a friend or family member. absent students are encouraged to schedule an appointment or come by during office hours to discuss what material they might have missed. however. Repeated instances of tardiness and/or early departures will be treated as a disciplinary problem. Students should arrive when class begins and remain until it is over.It might be noted that. For example. If an instructor is informed of absences ahead of time. Be aware that doing these things is the responsibility of the student. a student finds he or she has missed--or must miss--a class. Instead. If. As the best means for keeping up. however. having said that. I advise students to visit my web site for missed handouts/instructions and check in with me about retrieving returned work. he or she remains responsible for the material covered/assignments made during the missed session(s). . Also. Latecomers are expected to demonstrate common courtesy by entering the room and settling into a nearby seat quickly and quietly. not the instructor!! TARDINESS Promptness is also expected. Absent students are also reminded of the tried-and-true wisdom of "getting" notes from classmates. a test could be rescheduled. make arrangements before absences to ensure that you understand what principles are being covered in class. a late-arriving student should not interrupt me or disturb classmates with whispered questions. I will not attempt to repeat a previous period in a few minutes before or after class. I stress this because. and students should realize that "explanations"--even those from doctors. Obviously. or coaches--will not alter these policies. this policy implies that a student make the effort to come to class regularly. it may be possible to forestall the problem of falling behind. early exiting students should be polite about the manner in which they leave the room. See the college's handbook (Section 2 Policies and Procedures) for specifics.

or sent by way of e-mail. and accurate course information. test times. incidentally. as an English professor. however. mentioned in the various handouts you¶ll receive. Therefore. tense. I just want to see evidence that you¶re trying to improve and that you¶re paying attention. the class atmosphere can be kept good humored and casual. the date.) NO LATE WORK Late work will not be accepted! Exceptions are granted solely at my discretion and only in cases of extreme emergency. students who immerse themselves in the process of learning almost always find the experience successful. is that the vast majority of assignments must be typed and bear the student¶s name. it can be fun. you¶ll probably misunderstand what you¶re supposed to do--and when. miss without following through on absences. I want you to do . for. Hence. fail to read instructions. and spelling. brought to my office door (by 5:00p). As a closing word or two on this subject. as long as learning is being accomplished and student writing skills are improving. punctuation. let me lessen your concerns by saying that I don¶t believe that participation means you always have to be talking out loud in class. (Reminder: please see the first page of this syllabus to review the conditions under which e-mails and e-mailed assignments are accepted. and other important dates are either spelled out in the course calendar. noted on the web page. and/or announced in class²usually at the very beginning of the class period. In the same vein. Please be aware that I tend to make such announcements only once or twice and don¶t issue continual reminders. I invite you to buy into the hands'-on. if you are late to class a lot.WHEN AND WHERE TO TURN IN WORK Deadlines. In this spirit. hokey as it sounds. active learning of which I¶m speaking. and tone and also to conform to standard conventions regarding proper usage. OVERALL EXPECTATIONS (STUDENTS¶ AND TEACHER¶S) I¶ll begin by saying that I expect all the work you do for me to meet standards of quality After all. let me also say that while this is certainly a serious class with important goals (and its fair share of rules). Assignments may be submitted to me during class. Similarly. if the thought of participation troubles any shy ones among you.) Mostly. and don¶t visit the web page frequently. I have to insist that you make the effort to make your writing consistent in person. I also expect your work to adhere to the formatting requirements laid out for you. (The hardest rule I have in this respect.

My hope is that you¶ll like the course. as much as you can stand.) If any confusion remains.that. even if you¶re never particularly ³into´ writing. but. (It really does answer most questions. but I¶ve built in other ways for you to show you are interested and attentive. But don¶t panic! I¶ll get a lot more specific about all the various assignments long before you are required to complete any. It¶s also pretty common for students to be a bit nervous at the start of the semester. you¶ll learn to be much better at it by the end by the end of the semester²and that¶ll feel good! The day is yours! Make the most of it! Good luck and good writing! FOR QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED BY THIS HANDOUT Glance over the handout again. And we¶ll review examples and easy-to-follow strategies. especially if they are weak in a subject matter or if the assignments sound hard. I am always available to students to discuss any concern. .

some from me and some on your own (utilizing a particular process and a specific format). students will revise their diagnostic essays. and plan for an essay. Absolutely no late work is accepted! Also be aware that the dates/times for the Departmental Finals are firm. Paragraphs Project y Planning Project/Essays y y Lab Work Grammar Quizzes: Students will correct the grammar and punctuation errors in otherwise well-written paragraphs. Course Work Diagnostic Assignment Sentence Project Vocabulary Project y y y Everyone will write a beginning-of-the-semester essay (on an assigned topic) that will be used to confirm their course placement. This project has many stages. You will also be given the opportunity to write a ³practice final´ to prepare you for the Departmental Final everyone is required to complete. formulate a thesis. body paragraphs. Friday at 5:00pm). The goal is to add collegiate level words to your everyday. This is a strict deadline despite the fact that the assignments are voluntary. a second submission of words. introductory paragraphs. Students will be encouraged to use textbook and internet resources to help prepare. Later in the semester. including stand-alone paragraphs. These conferences are strictly voluntary and students should on sign up for them if they intend to come prepared to discuss their work. working vocabulary. Generally.ENGL 0305 Assignments Specific instructions for assignments are either in the text or will be distributed as handouts and/or posted on http://iws. See syllabus for additional information on my ³grade-less´ grading system. and conclusions. and correct grammar and spelling. using the techniques learned in class to improve them. y . There will be no class sessions or office hours on conference days. students will write some paragraphs during class to develop the skill of writing under time pressures. more sophisticated sentences that have more details. and a quiz over the teacher-taught words. It will also be used to help the instructor establish a collective foundation for the class. We will review examples and practice this activity in class. This special test may not be made up if missed! Assignments must be typed (double spaced. Students will ³edit´ poorly written sentences. assignments are due by week¶s end (i. The purpose of these meetings is to offer students feedback on works they ve submitted and those they might be working on. In some cases. The goal is to expose you to several different types of paragraphs. starting with development exercises to understanding basic paragraph structure. but feedback will be offered during conferences. higherlevel vocabulary.e.. stapled) and bear a name. The project will be divided into three parts: an initial submission of half your words. transforming them into longer.edu/lfoster. Conferences: You are expected to participate in student-teacher conferences. Everyone will learn several new vocabulary words. Sign-up sheets will be made available for all conferences. These assignments help you learn how to narrow broad topic.collin. and accurate course information. All assignments in my DW classes are voluntary! They will not be graded formally. the date. You will be asked to write at least one in-class essay and one ouf-of-class essay.

Week WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6 WEEK 7 WEEK 8 WEEK 9 WEEK 10 WEEK 11 WEEK 12 WEEK 13 1/17 1/24 1/31 2/7 2/14 2/21 2/28 3/7 3/14 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11 Sentence Project #2 (quiz) Vocabulary Project #1 (1/2 student words) s Project #1 (Development Exercises) (bring to conference) Grammar Lab Quiz #1 Conferences (review assignments/discuss progress) s Project #2 (Development Quiz) Vocabulary Project #2 (1/2 student words) Vocabulary Project #3 (quiz over teacher words) s Project #3 (Stand-Alone s) (bring to conference) Grammar Lab Quiz #2 Conferences (review assignments/discuss progress) s Project #4 (In-Class s) Planning Project Grammar Lab Quiz #3 In-Class Essay Dep t.ENGL 0305 Course Calendar Check ³Announcements´ on Web Page for Changes/Updates I will make reading assignments from the textbook in class each week.4/21 (consider submitting a 1 1 practice final) s Project #5 (Intro/Concl s) Dep t. grade./advisement) finals week Sentence Project #1 (exercise) 1/31 census day Assignment (due by Friday 5:00p) Diagnostic assignment (due by 2nd class) Notes 1/17 campus closed 3/11 withdrawal deadline spring break. Final continues through 4/21 (consider submitting a 1 practice final) In-Class Essay Revision Out-of-Class Essay No class/Conferences (discuss test results. no classes WEEK 14 WEEK 15 WEEK 16 WEEK 18 4/18 4/25 5/2 5/9 4/22 campus closed . Final in Testing Center 4/11 .

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