098 Syllabus - Fall 2009

098 Syllabus - Fall 2009 - Instructor:RaleighC.Finlayson...

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Instructor: Raleigh C. Finlayson               Email: [email protected]  Office Hours: by appointment                          WR 98: Introduction to College  Reading and Writing  Course Syllabus, Fall Semester 2009 Course Description WR 098 is a reading-based course, with emphasis on critical textual analysis, vocabulary development,  note-taking, and speaking skills. It is designed to prepare students for the challenges of WR100 (Writing  Seminar). The course tasks will respond to the linguistic needs of the students by reviewing specific  elements of English grammar and style. Writing assignments progress from summary to analysis, from  abstracts to longer analytical overviews, so that students may achieve written and oral fluency. By the end  of the semester, students finish reading a full-length text as well as a series of short essays and are able to  write a thesis-driven argument of 4-5 pages. Required Texts  (available at the BU Bookstore) The Mercury Reader . Pearson Custom Publishing The   Bean Trees  by Barbara Kingslover, Harper Collins Publishing   Rules for Writers  by Diana Hacker, Bedford/St.Martin Publishing Course Requirements Annotated readings, with short summaries or journals assigned Informal and formal presentations on assigned readings Short papers and four formal papers with multiple drafts Frequent in-class writing Unit quizzes (on vocabulary, grammar, and/or reading comprehension) 2 individual conferences(with instructor and an ESL tutor) to discuss your writing Consistent attendance and participation in class discussions Participation and Attendance:  Since this course is a seminar, your regular attendance and participation  are essential both to your own learning and to your classmates’ learning.  Consequently, your final grade  may be adjusted up or down by one-third of a letter grade to account for the quality of your participation  and ungraded work over the course of the semester. You may miss three classes without penalty.  I ordinarily do not distinguish between excused and  unexcused absences, so please save your absences for when you need them.  If you exceed the  number of allowed absences, your course grade may be lowered as follows: Number of absences Final grade penalty 4 1/3 of a letter 5 2/3 of a letter 6   full letter 7 1 1/3 letters
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8    1 2/3 letters 9 F Grading Policy Late papers will be penalized by one-half letter grade. Due dates will be outlined on the course  schedule, and you are expected to plan accordingly and allow sufficient preparation time.
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