DMN (M 1:00-1:50, CLI 225, WF 1:00-1:50, CLI G33)
Dr. Virginia Crank
Office: CLI-154 Office Phone: 654-4395
Office Hours: MWF 2:00-2:50 a.m. or by appointment.
Required Texts and Materials:
--Rich, Susanna. The Flexible Writer: A Basic Guide, 3rd Ed.
Boston: Allyn Bacon, 1998.
--White, lined 8 2" x 11" paper (loose-leaf)
--Blue or black pen
--Two 3.5" computer discs (high density)
--One manila folder for your writing portfolio
--A folder for keeping handouts and class work
--A good, college-level dictionary
--An EdNet account
Eng 098 is designed to help students improve their basic writing skills
to the college level. The emphasis is on learning to write an effective
paragraph containing a clearly expressed central idea supported by relevant,
well-organized, specific details and examples. Weekly writing assignments
are required. A grade of "C" or better is required in order for students
to enroll in Eng 101. Students may repeat Eng 098 only once.
All Eng 098 students are required to attend two PLC lab periods per
week at the times listed in your schedule of classes.
Your grade in this course will reflect your ability to complete several
different types of writing assignments. You will be evaluated for
both the product of your writing and the process, which means that part
of your grade will reflect your daily effort and part will reflect your
overall success in writing. Evaluations will be based on:
Homework and Classwork (40%): In a two-pocket
paper folder, you
should collect all of the homework and in-class assignments
which will come from your textbook and our class discussions.
assignments and their due dates will be clearly given
on the course
schedule. Some of these will be online assignments,
which you can do
outside of class. Many of your writing pieces will be
started in class but
completed on your own time. For each unit of study, you
will have several
small writing assignments, and, often, you will have some
which assignments you want to do. WE WILL CONSIDER ALL
OF THESE WRITINGS
TO BE "IN PROGRESS" ALL SEMESTER; what that means is that
you will be
receiving lots of feedback on the writings as you write
and revise them,
and you will get points when you turn these pieces in
based on your
progress, but they will not be given a final grade until
the end of the
semester. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you keep
all of these
"in-progress" pieces, because they will form the raw material
final portfolio. You are required to do all of the pieces
throughout the semester; if you do not turn in all pieces,
you will not
pass the course; all of these pieces must be in your writing
by the end of the semester, even if you did not complete
them in time to
earn homework points.
Writing Portfolio (45%): Your writing portfolio
all of the "in-progress" writing you did this semester.
In the same folder,
you must also have a 10-page "polished" portfolio of your
this semester, which I will grade very closely. The polished
should contain a variety of short and long pieces which
began with our
“writing options” assignments but were then completed
revised and edited for focus, organization, support, coherence,
correctness. These 10 pages should show the best of you
as a writer. They
must be typed, double-spaced, in proper MLA format.
Final Exam (10%): Your final exam will be
a short, in-class essay which
tests your ability to compose a focused, organized, coherent,
essay. As a class, we will decide, in the last week, what
consider for this essay exam.
Weekly E-mail Reports (5%): An important part of
progressing as a writer is
being able to reflect about what you've done and how you've
done it. In
order to help you develop that self-reflexive habit, I'm
going to require
you to write short, weekly progress reports to me (only
VirginiaC@ednet.rvc.cc.il.us) about your writing. In an
e-mail message of
at least 15 lines (in either 10 or 12 pt. font), you will
just tell me what
you've been writing, what problems you've been having
with writing and
class, what successes you've been having with our class,
what you've been
learning about writing, etc. Basically, it's like having
a weekly face-to-
face meeting, except you're writing me a note. These reports
will be graded
only on whether or not they were done and done thoughtfully,
NOT on their
grammar or spelling or style or thesis. I'll try to write
back to as many
of these reports as I have time for. These weekly
reports are due by
Saturday at midnight each week.
Your final grade, then, will be determined as follows:
Weekly E-mail Reports 5
Attendance: Absences from either the class or the lab sessions
will severely effect your grade. Please see attached attendance policy.
The one change in that policy for MY classes ONLY is that, starting Week
Five, attendance on Mondays (the day we meet in the computer lab) will
be optional. These will be "on-line" class days, meaning you will have
an online assignment that you must post to our class EdNet conference by
midnight on Monday instead of coming physically to class. These assignments
will be given out by at least the previous Monday, so you could do them
over the week, if you wished, although you have until midnight each Monday.
If you do not post the assignment by midnight, FOR ANY REASON, you will
be marked with another absence as well as losing the homework points for
that assignment. For those of you with limited computer access outside
of campus, you may of course still come to class and use the lab during
our class time; I will be in my office to answer any questions or help
with any problems.
Another note about absences: A truly tragic number of Eng 098
students fail to successfully complete the class solely because of excessive
absences. Please remember that any more than 3 absences (total, in
both lab and class, including face-to-face and online meetings) will severely
affect your grade!!! Indeed, no one who misses six or more class and lab
meetings can pass this class!!! This policy has no exceptions and does
not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences.
All written assignments are due on the dates indicated by the course
schedule. Absence from class the day something is due does not excuse late
work. Late work will be given an F unless the student and the teacher
have made prior arrangements for an extension. However, since all
assignments must be completed in order to pass the course, missing assignments
should be turned in even though they will earn an F.
EdNet and Computer Usage: This class will have on online component
using RVC's EdNet system, which offers you a free e-mail account and Internet
access from anywhere on campus. You can also use EdNet from home, if you
have a computer with a modem and an Internet Service Provider. EdNet doesn't
work very well with AOL, because they are not a true Internet Service Provider,
so, if you already have AOL, you might want to consider changing providers
or doing your EdNet work on campus. Some people have had no problems using
EdNet through AOL, but others have had MANY problems. We will be
training you in the use of EdNet at the first part of the semester; EdNet
also has a reference manual and a CD-ROM tutorial, if you want more help
and practice learning the system. We also have a very good Help Desk at
RVC which will be glad to answer your questions and help solve your problems
with EdNet, the WWW, or computers in general.
In our class, you will be required to use the EdNet system for at least
two things: weekly online assignments and weekly e-mail reports. I hope
that you will also take advantage of the EdNet system for communicating
with your classmates and fellow RVC students, asking questions, getting
information, keeping up with assignments, and reading and responding to
your classmates' writings. CHECK YOUR EDNET MAILBOX AND OUR CLASS CONFERENCE
AT LEAST TWICE PER WEEK!!! If you find that you are having problems accessing
EdNet, talk to me long before you begin to miss assignments.
To plagiarize is to present someone else's ideas or work as your own.
Give credit to the source when:
1) You directly quote someone else;
2) You use someone else's ideas or opinions;
3) You use someone else's examples;
4) You cite statistics or facts gathered by someone else;
5) You present evidence or testimony taken from someone
If you plagiarize, you will earn an "F" for the assignment.