Participation takes 30% of your final grade.
The quality of this course depends largely upon your active participation. For this reason, you are required to participate through:
- Class discussions: We will use both class time and electronic discussion boards to discuss our understandings of course readings and the ideas we develop from them.
- Collaborative work: We will frequently meet in small groups for in-class exercises, discussions, and workshops.
- Peer reviews: We will use peer reviews in each assignment sequence as a way of developing your skills as critical readers and able revisers. I will NOT accept any papers without peer review, or reviewed by someone outside this class.
- Timely arrival in class: Being late or poorly prepared is rude and distracting to both me and your colleagues, and can seriously hinder course plans in our limited amount of class time; as a matter of courtesy, then, I expect you to come to class on time and fully prepared.
- Timely submission of work: All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class whether or not I collect them at the beginning of class. You must provide me IN PERSON with a typed copy of each written assignment on the day it is.
All assignments are due on the date specified during the beginning of class, and I will NOT accept any assignments submitted via email or your classmates. Unless you have spoken with me ahead of time, late work is due by the next class meeting. I will also not give feedback on any assignments that are turned in late. As with attendance, turning in late work will affect your participation grade. If you are having trouble and may be unable to turn things in on time, please speak with me before the assignment is due.
If you miss class you will lose participation credit for the work we do in class that dayŚit is your responsibility to find out what you missed from your classmates and to complete all written assignments as the final draft of your essay will not be accepted without them. If you know in advance that you will miss a class please let me know so that we can make arrangements, if possible, for you to complete the assignment in advance (in which case it will not be late and you will not lose credit).
- Two conferences with me. You are required to meet with me twice during the quarter in conferences to discuss your work. These conferences give you the opportunity to get feedback about your papers/projects and to express any concerns, questions, or suggestions you might have about the course or the assignments. Conferences are mandatory, and if missed, will affect your participation grade. I will provide you with a sign-up sheet for these conferences and detailed instructions about how to prepare for them.
Please let me know if you need accommodation of any sort so that I can work with the UW Disability Services Office (DSO) to provide what you require. I am very willing to take suggestions specific to this class to meet your needs. The syllabus is available in large print, as are other class materials. More information is available at the website.
Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is presenting someone else's ideas or writing as your own. In your writing for this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people's thoughts and writing, as long as you cite them. As a matter of policy, any student found plagiarizing any piece of writing in this class will be reported to the College of Arts and Sciences for review.
If you have any concerns about the course or your instructor, please see the instructor about these concerns as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable talking with the instructor or not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact the following Expository Writing staff in Padelford, Room A-11:
Anis Bawarshi, Director: 543-2190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If, after speaking with the Director of Expository Writing, you are still not satisfied with the response you receive, you may contact Gary Handwerk, English Department Chair, in Padelford, Room A-101, at 543-2690.