Attendance and Participation: We all need to be here, on time and ready to work each day. If you’re not here, you’re not getting what you should from the course, and you’re not contributing to it either. Therefore, it’s only fair that this is reflected in your grade. Only Official absences—those related directly to official school-related activities—will be excused,although they should be documented ahead of time, and any work still needs to be turned in on time. You have 3
ENGL90.001three unofficial absences without grade ramifications (although, of course, you need to make up any work.) Unexcused absences are for illness, car accidents, oversleeping, etc.This is not the kind of class that you can just get a copy of the notes and not skip a beat. You will miss something by not being here because we will be writing and doing activities in class every time we meet. Should you miss more than six classes, will not receive a passing grade. Additionally, a pattern of lateness will lower your unit project grades. I believe that students can not learn if they keep quiet; therefore, it is very important for you to be prepared to speak up in class. If you are prepared nearly every class, you will receive full participation credit. (I do understand it can be difficult to be on your game every single day, but you should still try. I will!). Response Workshop Participation:You’ll learn a lot through participating in response workshops; these occur on days that your full unit projects are due, and in them you’ll both give and receive extensive feedback on your full unit drafts. Peer response groups provide each writer with a real audience; if you aren’t here, your work and the work of your class colleagues is affected. Except by prearrangement, if you miss a response workshop (for whatever reason), or if you come to the response workshop without a draft, your grade for that unit project will be lowered to partial credit. Late Work: If an emergency arises and you’re having a problem meeting a deadline for course work, please talk to me beforethe work is due (preferably by email). Certain (few) reasons for late work are acceptable—excuses never are.Technology/ Blackboard: We will be using various kinds of technology: computers and the internet will be used frequently both inside as well as outside of class. We have a Blackboard site that will serve as the repository for all of our class’s materials. Also, please note that not having a reliable computer, printer, internet connection, etc. is NEVER an excuse for not completing an assignment on time. *Hint*BACK UP YOUR WORK! Academic Honesty: I know that you’re interested in high standards of academic honesty—I certainly am! What this means when it comes down to you sitting in front of your computer, trying to integrate the ideas of someone else into your own, is something else. Plagiarism mostly occurs when students do not know how to properly incorporate others’ ideas and words into their own writing.