Integrated Reading and Writing

Course Details

Course Number
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Fall 2017
Bea Wood Hall
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Days & Times

Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:50 PM

Becky Green (view Profile)


The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection
English Essentials, Short Version, 2nd Ed.

Course Objectives

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

Course Expectations

Supplies You Need: new (not used) workbooks--The Advanced Reading-Writing Connection and English Essentials, Short Version 2nd ed. both by John Langan-- college-appropriate dictionary, 4 blue books, pencils, a highlighter, and a 3-ring binder.  Use your binder to organize your college work.  Insert a divider for each course you are taking. I will punch holes in the worksheets, quizzes, and resources I give you during the semester.  Not bringing your supplies to class lowers your participation grades by 10%.

Welcome, I look forward to meeting with you this semester both in and outside class.  I prefer face-to-face interaction, so here's your invitation to come to my office, BW 233.  You can find me there at the following times: MWF 1:00-3:00; TR 9:00-9:20,12:00-12:20, and 2:00-3:00.  These hours are listed on the bulletin board beside my office door.  When you have questions after class and between office hours, email is the best way to reach me:

Grading Standards

You must earn a final grade of C/70 or better in ENGL 1014 to pass this course.

Grades are based on a 10 point scale: A=100-90%, B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=59%-0%. 

Required Assignments

Course assignments have the following weights:

8 Grammar Quizzes  10%

7 Writing Assignments  40%

Final Exams  10%

Online Lab  30%

Attendance/Participation  10%

Keep a record of your grades on the chart on page 5 of the syllabus.



Final Exam

12/13/2017 1:00-3:00 PM

Submission Format Policy

Submit all writing assignments--pararaphs and essays, whether they are handwritten or typed--in MLA format.  The guidelines are as follows:

  • Double space.
  • Maintain a one-inch margin around the text.
  • Use a font of Times New Roman 12.
  • Type or write on one side of the paper.
  • Give the essay a title, centered. Do not use the thesis statement or question as a title.
  • Indent each paragraph.
  • Label each page with your last name, one space, and the page number in the upper right corner.
  • List your first and last name, instructor's name, course and class number, and date--day then month then year (no commas)--in the indentification.

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.

Late Paper Policy

When It's Due, It's Really Due: The calendar at the end of this syllabus is the daily schedule for this class.  This schedule may change.  If I change it, I will let you know.  You must understand that each assignment has a due date.  I do not accept late homework or any work by email.  You may, however, submit a late writing assignment or grammar quiz, and if you're absent on the day of a blue book writing assignment, you may come to my office to make up the work.  I will accept this work until I return the assignment to the class. Late assignments earn a grade deduction of 10 points per weekday.  If you know you are going to be absent, come to my office to complete an assignment early .  Keep up with due dates.

Plagiarism Policy

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.

Student Honor Creed

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.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

I'll be checking:  Attendance in this class is mandatory.  You're allowed only 3 absences.  Each absence lowers your participation grade by 10%.  The second absence results in contact from an Academic Success counselor.  The third requires a conference with me.  The fourth earns an F in the course and the lost opportunity to continue attending class.  Don't miss out on an education due to absences.  In case of hospitalization or death of a family member, contact the dean of studens at or 940.397.7500.

Dropping the Course:  If you are taking a beginning or intermediate math course and fear that you might not pass this course, you may drop ENGL 1014 the week prior to October 30th  However, if you do drop it, you must retake this course next semester.  (This option does not apply to students who exceed three absences and are dropped with an F.)

Other Policies

Be on time: Being late is irresponsible.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.  If you arrive late twice, I will mark you absent.

Practice courtesy: When I am standing and speaking to the class, do not leave your seat or walk in front of me unless you are ill.  If you arrive late to class and I am standing and teaching, remain outside in the hallway until I invite you into the room.  When I am sitting, you may move around the room when necessary.  When another student is speaking, listen.

Put away your phone:  All cell phones and other electronic devices are disruptive, so silence and put them away during class.  If you use one of these devices during class, you are absent.  Disruptive behavior, which prevents me from teaching or your peers from learning, is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.

Remain in the classroom:  If you leave the classroom for more than 20 minutes, you are absent.  If you begin leaving the classroom regularly, you must provide a doctor's note explaining the condition that makes staying in class impossible for you.

Do not bring food into the classroom:  Eating is not allowed, but you may drink from a spill-proof container.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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