Composition Skills

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2014
Bea Wood Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:50 AM

Becky Green (view Profile)


The Little, Brown Workbook
MSU custom edition

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 critical and creative thinking about a timely issue or debatable topic

Demonstrate proficient use of Standard Written English

Course Expectations

In addition to the course textbook you must have the following supplies: a 2-3 inch binder that holds the textbook, class notes, and the course worksheets from D2L; a folder with front and back pockets and brads; notebook paper (not jagged-edged spiral paper); pens and pencils; a highlighter; a non-electronic dictionary; and a "professional" e-mail chosen as "preferred" at Webworld. 

Grading Standards

Assignment                                     % of grade

8 grammar quizzes                        20

4 writing assignments                  40

Final Grammar Test                      20

Final Writing Exam                         20


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%.

HOMEWORK: If you complete all homework during the semester, you will earn 2 points added to your final grade.  Assigned exercises from the workbook may be completed in the book, unless otherwise noted on the syllabus.  The homework that I collect will be marked with Yes, meaning your work demonstrated passing ability, or No, meaning your work did not demonstrate passing ability.  With either mark, you receive credit for having completed the homework.  No revision of homework is necessary.  You will not receive credit for incomplete homework.

If you submit an in-class writing assignment without a folder, you will earn a 5-point deduction.

You may revise, type, and resubmit an in-class writing assignment that has earned less than a 70 in an attempt to earn a 70.  You have one class day in which to submit a revision.  For example, if I return your assignment on Monday, your revision is due the following Wednesday.  You may submit only one revision per writing assignment.

Final Exam

12/10/2014 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Submission Format Policy

All writing assignments must follow MLA Format.  You may complete in-class writing assignments in pen or pencil.  You must type all out-of-class writing assignments and revisions.  Submit all in-class writing assignments and their revisions in the "Submitted Assignments" pocket of your composition folder.

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 do not accept late homework.  You made take a missed quiz or complete an in-class writing assignment before the quiz or writing assignment is returned in class, which is usually within a week.  Therefore, if you miss a quiz on Monday, you must take the quiz during my office hours by class time on the following Monday.  Work not completed in this time frame receives a 0.  Make up these assignments in my office, BW 233.

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 than 6 absences (the equivalent of 3 weeks of class during a regular semester), excused or not, you fail the course.  Please note, however, that this is not an invitation to miss class--class time will provide the instruction you need to meet the objectives of this course and to learn how to develop as a writer.  Attendance is profitable because it provides you the opportunity to obtain necessary class work and homework to prepare for the quizzes and writing assignments.  When you miss class meetings, you miss out on the instruction for which you pay tuition.  Those students who miss class excessively are often unprepared, find earning passing grades difficult, and lose the opportunity to gain the 2-point bonus for completed homework.

Being late to class regularly is irresponsible: 2 late arrivals count as an absence, 4 result in an instructor-student conference and possible failure.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.

Please don't feel you have to explain or justify any absences to me; I respect your privacy.  DO NOT send me missed assignments; I am not responsible for printing your work.  Copying missed lecture notes from a classmate is your responsibility.

Other Policies

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT:  I prefer face-to-face (BW 233) or e-mail contact (  When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English. Do not text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Mrs. Green) and a signature (Your Name).

ACCESSIBILITY:  What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7.  While I do check my e-mail and voicemail daily, excluding weekends, I do not check them more than once a day or late in the evening.  You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback.  I am very responsive to e-mail questions as long as I know who sent the message and have all information necessary to provide a complete answer.  Please speak slowly and comprehensibly if leaving a voicemail message so that I can decipher your name, message, and return phone number as well.

SAFETY:  I consider 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 my expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

COURTESY:  When I am speaking to the class, do not leave your desk or walk in front of me.  If you arrive late to class, remain outside the classroom until I invite you into the room.  When another student is speaking, listen.  All cell phones and electronic devices must be silenced and put away during class.  If you need to leave the room, you do not need my permission; simply leave when I or a classmate is not speaking.  You may not eat in the classroom.  Your drink must have a spill-proof lid.  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.


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

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at