English 1539: Fundamentals of College Writing
Spring 2010, Course Code 21503
|9:00-9:50 a.m.||Dr. Thomas A. Copeland|
|M T Th: Maag Library 157
W: Maag Library 159
|Office: Maag Library 174 (Enter through Room 171.)|
|Web Site: http://people.ysu.edu/~tacopeland/index.htm||Hours: M T W Th, 10-10:50 and by appointment|
Texts and Materials
A hard-back college-level desk dictionary
The Little Brown Compact Handbook, Sixth Ed.
The Prentice-Hall Reader, Eighth Ed.
A stitched composition book (not spiral- or ring-bound)
A "legal" tablet
Scotch "Magic Tape" (the kind you can write on)
A mailing envelope (9"x12")
This is a computer-assisted course. Fees for this course purchase and maintain computer hardware, software, supplies, and support services.
has four goals: (1) to improve your knowledge of the "print code"
(conventions of punctuation, spelling, and grammar), (2) to increase the sophistication
of your sentence structure, (3) to increase your vocabulary, and (4) to teach
you a writing method which has been proved effective. This method divides the
writing process into three stages: prewriting, composing, and revising. The
revising stage consists of reassessing, redrafting, and editing. Editing, in
turn, consists of tightening, correcting, and proofreading.
You will write daily for fifteen minutes in a journal, write four out-of-class essays and two in-class essays, and take lessons in sentence-level skills. Much of the instruction will be individualized, in a laboratory setting. You should expect to spend six hours every week preparing for class, as you would do for any other three-hour course.
Regular attendance is vital to the successful completion of English 1539.
Under most circumstances, there is no way to make up instruction given or
assignments done in a class that you have missed. If you miss a graded assignment,
you will receive an F for it. You have paid to improve your writing skills;
your instructors can help you get your money's worth only if you attend
the class and lab. Never cut class because an assignment is not finished.
To do so has no real advantage, and it deprives you of instruction you have
2. The assignments written outside of class are due at the beginning of class on the due-date, and in-class assignments must be written in class.
3. Late assignments will not be accepted. This means that if a late paper is submitted for a grade the grade will be F. I realize, however, that emergencies sometimes arise to prevent work from being completed on time, and there are partial solutions:
|A. To receive criticism
on a late assignment, bring it to me during my office hours. I will be glad
to look at it and give you advice while you are there (do not leave papers
in my mailbox).
B. To avoid an F on a late assignment, ask for an extension before the paper is due. I willingly grant extensions to students who deserve them, but it is important to make the request before the due-date. If you cannot reach me in class, in my office, or in the Writing Center (941-3055), leave a voice mail message for me (941-1640), and we will discuss the matter later. Please note, however, that I will not grant an extension after the papers have been collected unless you have made some sincere effort to reach me beforehand.
|5. You are to keep a journal in which you write for fifteen minutes a day.|
that you read your ungraded papers to me aloudboth the rough drafts and
the final copies. I will then give you instruction aloud, and you must write
a summary of this instruction before doing further work on your paper. Some
students like to meet with me outside of class to seek my criticism, but others
prefer to record their readings and to have me record my remarks as
well. Both systems have their own advantages, and both are acceptable to me.
All work done
with care and submitted on time will be read and commented on, but not all of
it will be graded. The following will be graded:
1. An early essay. You will select this from among the pieces assigned during the first half of the course. You will revise it further, edit it to the best of your ability, and have it typed.
2. An essay to be written in class at midterm.
3. A later essay. You will select this from among the pieces assigned during the second half of the course. You will revise it further, edit it to the best of your ability, and have it typed.
4. A final essay to be written in class during the final examination period.
5. A test on words you yourself (not the class as a whole) have misspelled in writing done for this course (exclusive of rough drafts and journal-writing).
6. A test on words you yourself (not the class as a whole) have missed on vocabulary tests on the readings.
To pass the course, you must complete both the graded and the ungraded assignments and have at least a C- average on the graded assignments. In computing your final grade, I will weigh the factors above (under "Evaluation") as follows:
a. Early essay: 20%
b. Midterm essay: 20%
c. Later essay: 30%
d. Final essay: 30%
e. Spelling & vocabulary tests: You will take a test on the words you misspell and vocabulary words you miss (unless less than ten in either case). (Note: No test will be given on fewer than ten words, and if you are excused of taking a test for this reason you will be considered to have passed the test with a score of 90%.) If you score 90% or above on both tests, your lowest paper grade will be dropped before the computation of the provisional grade. A score below 70% on either test will lower your provisional grade by 1/3 of a letter grade.
f. I reserve the right to weigh more heavily the later essays of any student who makes significant improvement at the end of the course.
Note: The grade of “Incomplete” is not awarded unless the student requests it and the reasons appear justifiable and beyond the student's control.
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