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In the event of a snow-day, the activity on said snow-day will be completed on the next school day in addition to the activities scheduled for that day. If there is a snow-date on a due-day, then the assignment is due on the next school day.
Major Due Dates:
October 27th - Explaining a Concept Essay due (4-5 Pages)
December 9th - Explaining Opposing Viewpoints Essay due (5-6 Pages)
January 23rd - Researched Argument Essay due (6-7 Pages)
January 25th - Annotated Bibliography and Portfolio with Reflections
English 151 – College Now Syllabus
SMSU Course Title: Academic Writing
SMSU Faculty Mentor: Michael Albright
Grand Meadow High School
Campus Instructor: Sue Wilson, email@example.com
Fall Semester, 2016
This course will enable students to determine a writing purpose, generate ideas to support a topic, determine an audience, develop a focus, and organize a written text, including both personal or “reflective,” writing as well as expository writing and argument. At least two papers will involve a research component through which students begin to learn the conventions of citation and documentation. Furthermore, the class will enable students to learn how purpose and audience affect the content, language and form of a written text.
The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing. Axelrod and Cooper. 10th edition
They Say, I say. Graff and Birkenstein
A requirement for all research is that students will use only credible, university sources from the SMSU library portal; open internet searches are not permitted, with the exception of Google Scholar.
Major Assignments and Papers (All major assignments must be completed in order to pass the course.)
Explain a Concept Essay (4-5 Pages)
Annotated Bibliography (5-8 Sources)
Explaining Opposing Viewpoints (5-6 Pages)
Researched Argument (6-7 Pages)
The essays are sequenced in order of length and complexity, beginning with the expository Explain a Concept essay, progressing to the expository Explaining Opposing Viewpoints essay, which requires students to understand and explain the most important arguments on two sides of a debatable issue. Students then progress to framing their own opinion on the issue and writing a Researched Argument. The Annotated Bibliography, which functions as a working bibliography throughout the research process, should commence with the Explain a Concept essay and should be submitted with each final essay.
The goal of this essay sequence is to foster independent scholarship, academic research skills, critical thinking, expository writing skills, and persuasive writing skills in a logical, guided progression. Ideally, students should select one main research focus and maintain that focus throughout the sequence of essays so that they get to know one area of research in depth.
The Metacognitive Essay Sequence
After turning in each major essay and Annotated Bibliography, students should write a 2-3 page reflection on their process of writing and researching. The goal of the metacognitive essay is to help students examine their experience as writers and to tell their stories as budding independent researches and academic writers. This metacognitive monitoring helps students to reflect upon and analyze their writing process, to troubleshoot, revise, and improve the process, and to understand how the process creates the written text. Reflection on process and product is critical to helping students to understand and appreciate their experience in becoming members of the academic discourse community.
A final metacognitive essay may also be required, in which students reflect on their experiences in the course, their entrance into the academic discourse community, their evolution as independent scholars, critical thinkers, and academic writers, including the challenges and successes they experienced.
All drafts of papers must be word-processed and follow MLA guidelines.
You must complete all of the major papers to pass the course. Failure to complete any one of the major papers is grounds for failing the course. You are expected to make copies of your paper to be handed out to group members and instructor on the due date, and to have these ready at the beginning of class.
Attendance is mandatory and will be taken at the beginning of each class. Excessive absences will affect your final grade in the course.
Classroom Behavior Expectations
You are expected to be fully present and engaged during class, prepared, and willing to work collaboratively in a positive manner with your classmates. We will workshop all of our major papers for this class. Being a critical reader helps all of you to create the best possible final version of your paper projects, benefitting everyone. Negative comments and/or attitudes toward one another are not productive, will not be tolerated, and may affect your grade for the course.
Technology in the classroom
Cell phones and other technology should not interrupt class. Turn off cell phones and remove all earbuds/headphones. Photos/video should not be taken unless you have written permission and instructor has been informed beforehand.
Late work is not accepted. Individual exceptions may be considered with no less than 48 hours prior to the due date. Not completing all of the major course assignments results in failure of the course. Absence from class does not preclude you from due dates, nor do computer problems. Be prepared; keep copies of your work in multiple locations.
If any student has a documented disability, please talk to me to discuss accommodations.
Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation is prohibited. See page 43 of your Student Handbook for further information. The instructor reserves the right to ask students in violation of this policy to leave the class. Repeated offenses may result (at minimum) in failing the course.
Plagiarism is theft of intellectual material of others, whether their words or their ideas, without giving proper credit to the author(s). Plagiarism will result in a 0 for that assignment, will be reported to the SMSU faculty liaison and the SMSU English Department chair and SMSU dean, and may lead to further disciplinary measures, depending on the severity of the incident. A more thorough discussion of plagiarism will take place when we begin the major papers that require research.
Plagiarism will include, but not be limited to the following:
1. Submitting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, including but not limited to homework assignments, papers, research reports, group projects, artistic works, tests, or class presentations.
2. Submitting someone else’s electronic work as your own, including but not limited to video clips, audio clips, electronic files, electronic programs, and any other copied electronic page, document, article, review, etc.
3. Submitting someone else’s work as your own with minor alterations. Paraphrasing without proper citation is also plagiarism.
4. Submitting someone else’s work without appropriate use of quotations, paraphrases, footnotes, or references.
The aim of the academic honesty policy is to maintain the academic integrity of Southwest
Minnesota State University and promote an intellectual climate of honesty and integrity. To maintain an environment of academic integrity, all students are required to accept personal responsibility for their work at Southwest Minnesota State University. Any offense against the academic honesty policy compromises the educational integrity of Southwest Minnesota State University and will be considered a grave offense. Offenses against academic honesty are acts which unjustly advance one’s academic standing at Southwest Minnesota State University and include knowingly permitting or knowingly aiding a person in an offense against the academic policy.
MN Transfer Curriculum Goal 1 – Communications (3 courses, 10 credits)
Liberal Education Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Liberal Education Program at SMSU, students will:
· Understand the techniques and habits of thought in a variety of liberal arts disciplines, having attained an adequate foundation of knowledge in those disciplines.
· Communicate effectively.
· Be creative thinkers able to identify, formulate, and solve problems using interdisciplinary perspectives.
· Be critical thinkers who evaluate information wisely and examine how assumptions and positions are shaped.
· Understand both physical and social aspects of the world and their place in it.
· Embrace the similarities among peoples and appreciate the diversity that enriches the human experience.
· Analyze moral judgments and engage in moral discourse.
· Practice responsible citizenship in their local and global communities.
· Continue life-long learning.
· Integrate mind, body, and spirit, the essential elements of a flourishing life.
College Now Statement:
College Now is SMSU's concurrent enrollment program. Concurrent enrollment allows qualified high school students to earn college credit in their high school, during their regular school day. College Now classes are taught by qualified high school teachers and are supervised by SMSU faculty members. These classes are actual SMSU courses where students earn actual SMSU credit. There is no cost to the student for these courses, providing an outstanding opportunity for students to earn college credit and jumpstarting their college careers without incurring additional debt.
The schedule below is a tentative list of activities for each day. The schedule is subject to change, and each student should check in prior to an absence or when they return from an absence to get his or her work. There may be presentations or videos students will need to access on the SMSU Brightspace website in addition to any handouts provided in class.