The University of Mississippi
Department of English
Among the specific goals for students in this course are the following:
In addition, you will need a notebook (preferably
a three-ring binder) to hold your in-class writing and entries in your
To be counted present, you should arrive
on time and prepared for that day's activities. Failure to
bring necessary materials for a given day's work for instance, lacking
an essay draft on a day scheduled for peer critiques will be considered
an absence for that day. Likewise, if you arrive more than fifteen minutes
late or stay for less than two-thirds of the class (50 minutes), you will
be considered absent for that day.
The writing portfolio is a 14- to
28-page collection of written work which you will select to be evaluated
for a grade. It represents your opportunity to choose, in consultation
with your classmates and me, your best writing from English 102. You will
select three of the five essays written earlier in the semester and revise
them for inclusion in the portfolio. In addition, you will be required
to write an opening letter in which you introduce yourself and reflect
on the contents of the portfolio.
(1) Informal writing will include email to an online discussion group as well as (a) responses to class activities; (b) summaries, observations, and questions about reading assignments, and (c) information pertinent to your longer writing assignments, as well as required journal entries about topics of your own choosing. The minimum acceptable length of a typical entry is the equivalent of one or two handwritten pages roughly 300-500 words.
"Padge102": An online discussion group, titled "padge102," will be the target of most of your informal writing in English 102. It offers a writing environment similar to that of a journal, but with the key difference that your writing will be read by others. Because this course will focus primarily on argument writing in which you attempt to convince an audience of the rightness of your positions "padge102" will also offer you a forum in which to interact with and respond to others' writing and to receive feedback on your own writing.
You will be required to write a substantive "post" (approximately 400 words or more) on padge102 a minimum of once per week. You may write additional posts if you choose. On some occasions you will be writing on assigned tasks; often, though, your online posts will be on topics of your own choosing. Responding at some length to the posts of others also will count toward meeting the minimum requirement of one post per week. While you will not receive a grade for content, I will be checking to see that you do the work.
You must do the work on time. You may not make up work for past weeks, and neither may you post future weeks' requirements ahead of time, unless you know you will be unable to do so and get permission from me in advance.
In addition to your online writing, you should maintain a journal in which
you respond to the assigned readings and write preliminary drafts and explorations
of the more formal essays. Occasionally you will be asked to turn in your
journal for checking. Most of your journal assignments I will announce
in class, so you should listen for them; not knowing about a journal assignment
because of absence will not be a valid excuse for failing to do the work.
Most of your work in your journal will be assigned, but whether you receive
an assignment or not, you should plan to write at least one substantive
entry (about one or two handwritten single-spaced page) each week on a
topic of your own choosing.
(2) Essays make up the course's major writing assignments. Each is generally 4 to 6 typed, double-spaced pages. Some essay assignments may be based on the course reading materials, and most will require additional research, either from online sources and/or from the library.
For each essay assignment, you will begin with a first draft, which you will submit for a reader response from your classmates. (In some cases, this may be performed online.) Upon receiving feedback from your readers, you will then revise the essay and submit the revised draft to me, along with previous draft(s) and reader responses. I will then read it and offer my own feedback. (Again, in some instances, this step may be performed online via email.) Near the end of the semester, if you choose the essay for inclusion in the final portfolio, the essay will undergo further revision and reader response.
Except for those selected for the final writing portfolio, individual essays will not be evaluated for a grade. Each student will select a single essay from those already written to serve as the basis for the student's midterm grade, but that grade represents only the student's progress to that point in the semester; it does not necessarily reflect what the student's final grade in the course will be.
All essay drafts are due on the date assigned.
Failure to have drafts on assigned dates will result in an absence on that
day; failure to have other written assignments on the date due will result
in a daily-work grade of "zero."
Your course grade will be calculated according
to the following percentages:
|Final writing portfolio||70 %|
|Daily work/participation||25 %|
|Final exam||5 %|
"Daily work" will include all informal writing, reader responses, class participation, and work produced in small-group activities. The day on which the final exam will be held will be announced later in the semester.
The final writing portfolio will be turned
in the last week of class. The portfolio will be judged on the basis of
such criteria as content, organization, diction, sentence style, and its
overall effectiveness of purpose. It will be judged as a whole.
The essays which constitute the portfolio will not receive individual grades.
The Writing Center's consultants are also trained tutors who can assist you in specific problem areas in your writing or in your overall writing process. .
Students needing access to email accounts may use the IBM and Macintosh computers in the Weir Hall labs.
Each member of this class must subscribe to the course mailing list, padge102, unless you can demonstrate to me in writing why this would prove an undue hardship to you. If you are excused from subscribing to the mailing list, you will be required to turn in weekly typewritten journals of at least two double-spaced pages in lieu of posting to the list.
To subscribe to padge102 send the following message
Shortly thereafter, you should receive a message from the Majordomo system confirming your subscription.
To post messages to the list, send them to email@example.com. Please be careful typing that address; note the exact spelling of "listserv" (no "E" on the end). Also, use lowercase letters when typing the address to ensure that it is properly sent.
Students who do not yet have an E-mail account may obtain one at the Help Desk in Powers Hall. Other locations may also be set up on campus to accommodate students. You will need your student ID card (a photocopy of it will be made), and you will need to read and sign an appropriate use policy. If you need IBM or Macintosh software, take a 3.5-inch floppy disk with you.
For additional guidance on how to use computers on campus, call the Help Desk at 232-5222.
In no case is a computer malfunction
or access problem a valid excuse for not having work on assigned due dates.
Plagiarism can take several forms. Students often associate the term with writers who copy entire passages from a book, magazine, encyclopedia, or other printed source and turn them in to an instructor as their work. This is, perhaps, the most blatant form of plagiarism as well as the easiest for instructors to detect. After all, English instructors have spent years studying style, and they can usually recognize a passage lifted from Time magazine or other sources with distinctive styles. In fact, instructors can usually recognize professional writing, even if they cannot immediately identify its source.
But plagiarism takes several other forms. For instance, students plagiarize when they borrow ideas from other writers without giving them credit. In this case, students might not even use the other writer's language; nevertheless, they are stealing the writer's content. Students also plagiarize when they present another student's work as their own. Thus, documentation involves more than just citing the source of direct quotations.
Because plagiarism is such a complex concept to come to grips with in its entirety, take note of the following summary definition:
Students are responsible for acquainting
themselves with the University of Mississippi's policies regarding academic
dishonesty. For more information, read the sections on "Academic Discipline
Policy" in the M Book: Handbook of Standards and Activities, A Guide
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