The Composition Program

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Ms. Ann Spurlock
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Class Information, Policies and Procedures
for EN 1113, Composition II:

Objectives: EN 1113 is the sequential course following EN 1103, 1163, or 1103H. It reinforces the content of the prerequisite course by expanded study of and practice in stylistics, logic, argumentation, and research methods. The diverse readings function as source materials for an extended, documented analytical essay.

Course Work: Each student will write four original essays of 750 words each and one longer original essay of approximately 1500 words. All drafts of an essay must be submitted with the final version to the instructor or the composition's grade will become a zero. Students will receive a critical response on each draft from the instructor or within a peer response group. Students will participate in a research orientation at the library as a required part of the course. Students will gather and document evidence to support theses for research assignments. The final will consist of a rhetorical analysis (at least 750 words) of a piece of work provided by the instructor.

Points:

A = 900-1000
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F = below 600

Point Distribution:

Analysis Assignment(s)...................100
Argument Essay.............................100
Research Essay..............................200
Fiction Analysis..............................100
Poetry Analysis..............................100
Final Essay.....................................200
CW/HW/Journal............................200

Class Policies and Procedures:

  1. Students are expected to attend all classes. Students who are absent on days when tests are administered or graded writing assignments are conducted in class may make up these assignments upon presentation of a written excuse that is consistent with university policy. Class activities such as response groups, peer evaluations, class discussion, and reading quizzes that are missed may not be made up for any reason.
  2. Compositions that are turned in late will be penalized 10 points per day.
  3. All compositions and tests become the property of the MSU English Department.
  4. All compositions will follow MLA format.
  5. Plagiarism will be punished in accordance with university policy: http://students.msstate.edu/pdf/honor-code.pdf
  6. Students are expected to treat library materials carefully. Tearing articles out of periodicals or defacing library materials in any way is a violation of university policy and may result in failure of the class or more severe action taken by the English Department or the Dean of Students.