Rhetoric & Composition 2

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday and Thursday (TR), 12:30-1:50 PM

Becky Green (view Profile)


LB Brief, 5th ed.
Essentials of Argument, 3rd ed.

Course Objectives

Write 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

Find, evaluate, and synthesize credible sources in support of a research paper

Document sources responsibly and follow a designated style guide

Course Expectations

In addition to the textbooks, you need a 1 1/2-inch three-ring binder, 4 dividers, notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper), 3 bluebooks, pens/pencils, a non-electronic dictionary, optional flash drives, and a student email account or an WebWorld preferred account.

Grading Standards

Your grades in this class are based on this scale: A=100-90%, B=89-80%, C=79-70%, D=69-60%, F=59-0%.

Assignment                                                                      % of Grade

Proposal paper                                                                     10

3 In-class bluebook essays                                               10

Exploratory Paper                                                                  10

Annotated Bibliography                                                        10

Research Paper                                                                    40

Visual Argument Presentation                                            10

Class work, Group participation, Homework                  10


IMPORTANT: For freshmen or transfer students entering Midwestern in the fall of 2011 or later, a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1113 is a prerequisite for enrolling in ENGL 1123, and a grade of C or higher in ENGL 1123 is required for graduation from Midwestern.


Final Exam

05/07/2014 1:00-3:00 PM

Submission Format Policy

All writing assignments must follow MLA format.  You may complete in-class writing assignments in pen or pencil.  Type all out-of-class writing assignments.  You will submit your research project and all of the semester's assignments in a three-ring binder with four properly labeled dividers: Class Work, Homework/Review Questions, Papers, Research Project.

By enrolling in this class, you expressly grant MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by you for the purpose of this course.  The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce your work product in order to verify originality and authenticity and for educational purposes.

Do not send any assignments as e-mail attachments.  All work must by submitted during class time on the due date.

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.

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

The policy for submitting late work is as follows:

  • I will not collect late homework; however, you may include it in your binder for partial credit.
  • Missed group work cannot be made up.
  • A missed in-class bluebook writing assignment may be written before the graded essay is returned in class, which is usually one week after submission.  Therefore, if you miss and in-class writing on Tuesday, come to BW 233 during my office hours and complete the assignment before class time on the following Tuesday.  No appointment is necessary.  Work not completed in this time frame receives a grade of zero.
  • I will accept a late paper only if before the due date you make a formal request and provide an explanation by e-mail.  I will grant an extension, and you will print our correspondence and submit it with your paper.

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

If you have more that 6 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class), you fail the class.  When you miss class, please don't feel you have to justify your absence with e-mail messages, phone calls, or a doctor's note; I respect your privacy.  If you accumulate more than the allotted absences before the university's withdrawal date, dropping the course is your responsibility.  Attendance in this class is profitable.  Coming to class will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives and requirements of this course.

Other Policies

Be on time:  If you are repeatedly late to class, I will begin marking you absent.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.

Practice courtesy:

  • When I am speaking to the class, do not walk in front of me.  If you arrive late to class, wait outside the classroom until I invite you in.  When another student is speaking, listen.
  • Silence and put away all cell phones and other electronic devices during class.  Use of one of these devices results in an absence.
  • If you need to leave the room for any reason, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking.
  • Do not eat in the classroom; you may, however, drink from containers with spill-proof lids.
  • Disruptive behavior is grounds for being asked to leave the room and being counted absent.

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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