SYLLABUS FALL 2017
WR 95 at 8:00 AM
WR 95 at 9:00 AM
Classroom: M/R IA-224, T/W WH-222
English Essentials by John Langan and Beth Johnson (Does not qualify for book buy-back.)
WR 95 Courses Materials Packet
Required Materials and Accounts
Three-ring binder for packet, graded homework, notes, handouts, and assignments
LBCC Student Email Account (http://www.linnbenton.edu/lbcc-email
College Writing Fundamentals reviews the writing process, components of good writing, and conventions of Standard English. You will acquire pre-writing strategies, practice the drafting process, and write short essays.
Upon successfully completing WR95, you will be able to:
Effectively use the writing process (plan, draft, revise, edit, proofread)
Use specific, sufficient, relevant support as evidence to support ideas
Effectively use appropriate writer’s resources
Organize a piece of writing so that the reader is effectively guided through the text
Edit and proofread for Standard English and correct punctuation
Your Course Grade
Your overall course grade will be based on the following:
(40%) Formal Writing Assignments—three formal essays (One revision for Essays 1 & 2 accepted for higher grade)
(20%) Grammar Checks (Run-ons, Fragments, Commas)
Course grade scale:
100%-90%= A 89%-80%=B 79%-70%=C 69%-60%=D 59%-0=F
Accommodations: Students who may need accommodations due to documented disabilities, or who have medical
information which the instructor should know, or who need special arrangements in an emergency, should speak with the instructor during the first week of class. If you believe you may need accommodation services, please contact Center for Accessibility Resources, 917-4789. If you have documented your disability, remember that you must make your request for accommodations through the Center for Accessibility Resources Online Services web page every term, in order to receive accommodations.
LBCC Board of Education Statement on Diversity: We believe that the LBCC community is enriched by diversity. Everyone has the right to think, learn, and work in an environment of respect, tolerance, and goodwill. We actively support this right regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or any countless ways in which we are diverse.
LBCC Comprehensive Statement of Nondiscrimination: LBCC prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. (For further information, go online to http://po.linnbenton.edu/BP1015 - Nondiscrimination and Nonharassment Policy.pdf)
Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones should be silenced and out of sight at all times unless you have instructor permission to leave it out but silenced. If instructor permission is granted, please step out of the classroom quietly to take your call or respond to a text message.
College Registration Deadlines:
Last day to drop a class with refund—Monday of 2nd week of term
Last day to withdraw from class—end of 7th week of term
For your success, regular attendance is mandatory. Missing class results in “0” participation points for that day.
Students who arrive late or leave early will have points deducted from class participation at the discretion of the instructor.
Note that peer review days and College Skills Zone workshops count for triple participation points! Attending these classes is especially important.
Homework is due within the first five minutes of the beginning of the class.
No late work is accepted unless cleared with the instructor prior to that class.
Late work (essays) must be turned in within one class period of original due date .
Papers will be deducted by 20% per day prior to grading, which could result in a significant grade drop
for that assignment
.No work will be accepted that is more than one week late. Late work is not eligible for revision.
Quizzes are usually given at the very beginning of class. If you come in late or if you miss the quiz,
it can made-up ONLY IF arrangements have been made BEFORE the day of the quiz and at the instructor’s discretion.
Other missed in-class work cannot be made up.
The Final exam can be made up only IF you arrange in advance with the instructor or can verify an emergency or crisis.
Our classroom environment is one where the instructor and students respect all ideas and opinions and
encourage one another to take risks as learners. I will keep the learning environment safe for learning and focused
on the task at hand; you will be aware of your responsibilities as a student, which includes not disrupting the learning environment (See “Student Conduct” section of Student Handbook).
Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off or silenced during class time and put away.
No texting, phone calls, etc. are allowed during class time. Students who do not abide by this policy will be dismissed from class and participation points will be deducted.
You will be held accountable to the policies as outlined in the LBCC Student Rights and Responsibilities. You may get a copy at the Student Life and Leadership office or on the web at http://www.linnbenton.edu/studentrights.
Plagiarism is a serious offense. Students who submit plagiarized work will, at a minimum, receive a “0” for the assignment, and a formal charge will be filed with the Dean of Student Services; at a maximum, the student will fail the course and may risk expulsion from LBCC. You are expected to do your own work.
WR 95---Essay Criteria: A Checklist
Essay follows assigned topic—hitting the target for what writer was asked to do.
Meets length and all other formatting requirements (double-spacing, full heading, title, font, point size); follows all directions, including packet organization.
Shows evidence of brainstorming, drafting process and utilization of feedback from peers or other test readers.
Organization: Essay flows so that ideas are grouped together in a logical way, using paragraph breaks; accurate, clear topic sentences; and transitions to guide reader through the text. Essay has intro, body, and concluding paragraphs.
Essay is full of rich, specific detail that serves as evidence for claims made, paints a clear picture, and engages reader.
Conclusion provides sense of closure and answers the “So what?” question, showing your reader why whatever you wrote about is significant to you. This is where your main point must be clear. It does NOT merely repeat what you have already written in the body of the essay.
Essay shows that writer has a relatively solid understanding of run-ons, fragments, and commas, and general grammatical and mechanical conventions. Uses first-person point of view.
Essay is proofread sufficiently so that reader is not distracted by errors and can focus on content; leaves reader with positive impression that time and care were taken before submitting the document.
90-100= Writing exceeds standards for WR 95: well written and nearly error free! (= +)
80-89= Writing meets standards for WR 95: shows polish and careful thought! (= ?+)
70-79= Writing meets standards for WR 95 (= ?)
30-34= Writing almost meets standards for WR 95 (= ?-)
25-29= Writing is still rough and does not yet meet standards for WR 95 (= -)
Other Areas to Improve On:
Commonly Confused Words
Smoothing out your wording
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