English 101, Spring 2000

January 25, 2000


(TTH Section, 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)

Instructor: Janice E. Smith Office: M3062

E-mail: giword@aol.com (301) 322-0582

Office Hours: Ths 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS: The Bedford Guide for College Writers and the Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers. You may be asked to supplement the assignments with additional readings and grammar and punctuation exercises.

SUPPLIES: Loose leaf notebook paper, folder, dictionary.

GRADES: Final grades for the course will be determined by the following formula:

Three Out-of-Class Essays 30%

One In-Class Essay 15%

Research Paper 20%

Quizzes and Exercises 25%

Attendance and Participation 10%

ESSAYS: The first three 600-word essays must be typed, completed and handed in on the dates specified in the syllabus. The essay on argument will be done in class and will be handwritten. Essays will be graded for clarity of content, development of theme or main point, unity, coherence, paragraph organization, grammar and mechanics.

RESEARCH PAPER: The research paper must be typed. This assignment will require information from at least 5-7 sources. This resource information must be smoothly woven into the discussion of the paper and properly referenced as stated when the assignment is given.

QUIZZES: Quizzes may or may not be announced. You will only be able to make up one missed quiz.

ATTENDANCE: Your presence in class is important. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be marked absent for the day. Discussions of reading materials, writing assignments and class exercises will be important to the successful completion of the course. If you miss 25 percent or more of the class sessions, you will be asked to drop the course.

ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments are expected to be turned in on time. The in-class essay cannot be made up unless you have a documented medical, family or other emergency. An out of class assignment that is late must be turned in at the next class session and 10 points will be deducted

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off the top. An essay that is two class sessions late will not be accepted and you will receive an F for that assignment.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: Behavior that is incompatible with a learning environment will not be tolerated. This includes arriving late for class, disruptive talking, interruption of class activities, rudeness, eating in class, leaving class early, talking on a cellular telephone or other behavior not suitable in a college setting. Disruptive behavior can result in a student being removed from the class or dismissed from the college. Please read the student handbook.

SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS: Format for submitting assignments: In the top, right corner put the following: Name, Date/Class and Assignment.

Example: John Sands

10/2/98/English 101

Thesis Statements

For handwritten assignments, use black or blue ink only. DO NOT write on the back of your page. Use a separate sheet.

It is not acceptable to submit a written assignment on a page with "ragged" edges that has been torn from a spiral notebook.


100 - 90 = A = 4 Quality Points: Excellent, Outstanding

89 - 80 = B = 3 Quality Points: Good, Above Average

79 - 70 = C = 2 Quality Points: Average

69 - 60 = D = 1 Quality Point: Minimum for Passing

59 -0 = F = 0 Quality Points: Failure