565-3311, 565-2050(messages only)
Lauryn@weirdness.com(see link at bottom of page)
Office Hours:TR 12-2pm
Course DescriptionDuring this course, we will explore the idea of writing as conversation. What exactly does this mean? Well, think of it this way: we're going to read essays, short stories, a novel, and drama, and we will be viewing these writings as one part of the conversation. So what's the other part? Your writing, of course! Some class time will be devoted to discussing the readings, some to discussing reading and writing in general, and some days will be spent workshopping your papers.
ExpectationsBy now you're probably wondering what I expect from you. Well, here goes: I expect you to participate in class discussions and I will expect your contributions to occur daily. I expect you to have completed the assigned readings and/or writings by the time you walk into the door on class days. All papers should be typed and turned in at the beginning of class, with all preliminary drafts attached. I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS, PERIOD! I also expect you to respect the opinions and feelings of your classmates (see the section on Class Discussions below). If your expectations differ, I suggest that you bring this to my attention on the first day of class. Otherwise, you are agreeing to these expectations and will be required to live up to them.
Attendance PolicyI follow the university absence policy on the English Department General Information sheet that I gave you on the first day of class. Here's the short version: once you exceed four absences, you're history. In addition, if you are more than ten minutes late you will be counted absent, or if you come to class without a rough draft on the day that it is due you will be counted absent. If you must be absent, let me know by going through the proper channels. You will be responsible for all deadlines and for all of the assignments and announcements you missed.
PapersYou will write four 3-5 page papers for this class. These essays must be typed in a 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides. Please, no cover sheets or folders. All of these papers will be rewritten several times, worked on in small groups during workshops, and discussed during the conferences with me. The development of your skill is dependent upon your practicing the craft itself.
On days when rough drafts are due, you will provide copies of your rough draft for every member of your workshop group. When you turn in your final draft for each paper, you must include all hand-written drafts, freewrites, brainstorms, outlines, and workshop copies with comments. NEVER THROW AWAY A DRAFT OF A PAPER.
When I receive your final draft, there must be a significant difference between it and the workshop draft. Otherwise, you will not receive credit for a final draft. Your paper's grade is a reflection of the quality of writing that you are producing and should not be used as an indication of how much you should rewrite the paper.
Groups and WorkshopsYou will be broken up into small groups in which you are to discuss the assigned readings, distribute copies of your rough drafts, respond to group members' papers, and complete group assignments. As you are responsible for critiquing each other, each group should be considered a work environment and is responsible for setting up guidelines accordingly. Under the category of workshop points, I will average the evaluation of your work by the other group members with my own evaluation of group performance and preparation.
ParticipationA small, but significant part of your semester grade is based on your participation in class activities, which is therefore also linked to your coming to class on a regular basis. This grade can include any quizes, in-class writing assignments, or anything else I design to enhance your enjoyment (i.e. torture you).
Late WorkI do not accept late work, and all work is due at the beginning of class on the assigned dates. Exceptions to this policy will only be granted in cases of genuinely extenuating circumstances. Contracting me beforehand is an excellent way to improve your chances that I will consider your circumstances to be truly extenuating. Last-minute computer problems, oversleeping, etc. do not qualify. If you must be absent on a day that an assignment is due, please have a classmate turn it in for you, or turn it in early to my box in Auditorium Building, Room 112.
Class DiscussionIn this class, we will be discussing a variety of topics-some of which you may feel strongly about. Remember...not everyone has to, or should, agree. We are all different people from different backgrounds. What may seem "right" to you may not be the same as someone else. Please respect the other students' differences (as well as mine), and they will respect yours. If you feel that someone in this class is not following this agreement, please see me. If at any time I feel that you are not showing respect to me or others, I will discuss this with you. A continuation in similar behavior will result in further action.
Course FileDepartment policy requires that I keep your essays on file after the semester is finished. Please hold onto your papers and be prepared to give them to me on the last day of class.
Open Door PolicyYou are welcomed and encouraged to visit me whenever you wish to discuss a paper of problem. If you cannot come during my office hours, please schedule an appointment with me. If you need to leave a message for me, you may call the main English office at 565-2050. The best and easiest way to contact me outside of school is through e-mail. I read my e-mail on a daily basis and will send you a prompt reply.
Plagiarism and Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty"The term ‘plagiarism' includes, but is not limited to, the use by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials"(UNT's 1992-1993 Student Guidebook). If you turn in a piece of writing, all or part of which you have plagiarized, you will be dismissed with an "F" in the course. Further action within the context of university guidelines may be considered.
Grading ScalePapers 80%
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