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Course : Integrated Reading and Writing

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2020
Prothro-Yeager Hall, 201
Becky Green
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Saturday, December 05, 2020 12:00 am

Acquire vocabulary skills necessary for college-level coursework

Identify the structural elements of written materials

Practice strategies for note taking and test preparation

Demonstrate ability to think critically

Write paragraphs and thesis-based essays that provide strong support and specific details

Engage in a writing process that includes invention, drafting, and revision

Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English

Supplies: a 1 1/2-inch three-ring binder (1 binder will hold 1143 and 0043 materials), 5 labeled dividers (Notes, Grammar, Writing Resources, Papers, Research), notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper), pens/pencils, highlighter, black Sharpie, D2L email (not compatible with cell phones) 


Passing this course requires a final grade of C or better.  Your grade in ENGL 0043 is part of your overall GPA.

Course Grade--Your grades in this course are based on this scale: A=100-90%, B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=59%-0%. According to MSU's Undergraduage Catalogue, "letter grades have the following significance: A indicates excellent work, B indicates good work, C indicates satisfactory work, D indicates passing work, F indicates failing work" (73). Consequently, an essay that meets the basic requirements earns a C not an A or B.  If you wish to earn As and Bs, you will have to work hard to produce better than satisfactory, or average, writing.

Assignments-% of Grade

5 Grammar Quizzes-10%

4 Writing Quizzes-10%

4 Writing Workshop Assignments-40%

Research Paper-20% (*shared with 1143)

Participation, Attendance, and Homework-10%

Final Exam-10%

Total Percentage-100%


Attendance is this class is mandatory. Each absence lowers your participation grade by 5%. You're allowed 4 absences. That is more than a full week of class--too much to miss in college. The fifth earns an F in the course and the lost opportunity to continue attending class. Don't miss out on an education due to absences. If you are unable to attend class due to illness, watch the live stream of that day's lesson through Zoom on D2L. Send an email to explaining your absence. Watching the class through Zoom does not make you present for class, but it may help you keep up in the course. In case of your hospitalization or a family member's death, contact the dean of students at or 940.397.7500.

You have a schedule for this class which gives you the date that every assignment is due. In addition, Pulse, an app for iPhone, iPad, or Android, can notify you about assignments and tests. See D2L for information.

The policy for submitting late work is as follows:

  • I do not accept late homework, which consists of assignments from the textbook.
  • I do not accept late grammar quizzes or writing quizzes.
  • I do not accept late workshop paragraphs.
  • Late papers earn a grade deduction of 10 points per day.  

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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