Integrated Reading and Writing

Course Details

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Spring 2015
Prothro-Yeager Hall
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Days & Times

Monday and Wednesday (MW) 9:30-10:50 AM

Becky Green (view Profile)

Course Objectives

This course provides instruction and practice in analyzing and evaluating textual information and in composing clear and logical texts.  A one-hour computer lab is included.  The course is required of those students who have not met TSI readiness standards in reading, writing, or both.

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

In addition to the textbook, you need the following supplies: a college-appropriate dictionary, a three-ring binder, 4 dividers with tabs, notebook paper (not spiral paper), pencils/pens, and 3 highlighters of differing colors.


I prefer email contact:  When writing a message, follow conventions of standard written English.  Do not use text-code when you write any professor, and be sure to include a greeting (Ms. Green) and a signature (Your Name) even when sending a message by phone.

Grading Standards

Reading: lab at, homework and tests              30%

Writing: grammar quizzes, paragraphs, and essays                                   40%

Reading and Writing Final Exams                                                                   30%


You must earn a final grade of C/70 or better to pass this course.  This course will not use the plus/minus grading system.  The following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A=100-90%, B=89-80%; C=79-70%; D=69-60%; F=59%-0%.  According to MSU Catalog 2012-2014, page 77, an A indicates excellent work, a B indicates good work, a C indicates satisfactory work, a D and F indicate failing work.

Final Exam

05/11/2015 1:00-3:00 PM

Submission Format Policy

When completing the assigned textbook pages and exercises, write answers in your book.

A writing assignment (paragraphs, and essays) must follow MLA format.  Type and print all writing assignments.  Use the MLA format template that I send to your preferred email account.

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 class, unless you obtain in advance my and the other instructor's permission.

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

Your homework and grammar quizzes are due at the beginning of class on their assigned dates.  I do not accept late work.  You may take a missed reading test in my office (BW 233) during my office hours.  You have one week to make up a test; however, each passing day will deduct 10% from the test grade.  This 10% deduction will also be applied to essays..

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

You must attend class regularly and arrive on time.  I will take roll each class day and enforce the following: 2nd absence--I will refer you to the Academic Success Center.  A counselor will contact you to ask if you need help in getting to class.  3rd absence--You must come to my office to explain your absences.  With my permission you may return to class.  4th absence--I will drop you from the class.  You have earned an F.

If you are late to class twice, I will count you absent.

"Authorized Absences" (See MSU Student Bulletin) will not be counted in this total.  Such absences, though, do not excuse students from turning in required work on time.  Please be aware that instructors may drop students from class rolls for lack of appropriate participation (See MSU Student Bulletin and Student Handbook).

If you miss work for whatever reason, it will be your responsibility to find out what you have missed and how or if it can be made up.  Missing work will be averaged as a zero.  "I wasn't here for this" will not be considered sufficient reason to excuse you from completing required work.

Dropping this course can only be done the week preceding the university's official drop date, March 30, 2014.  You may drop the course with a grade of W if at that time you have not exceeded the number of absences allowed in the course and if reducing your course load does not affect your enrollment at MSU.

If you are enrolled in this course on the basis of required remediation, you will not be permitted to drop the course unless you are enrolled in another developmental course.  A student in need of developmental education must be enrolled in developmental education each semester.

The MSU Undergraduate Catalog states, "An instructor may drop a student anytime during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct."  MSU's policy for developmental education requires an instructor to drop a student wth an F.

Students who withdraw themselves from the course or who are dropped by the instructor or who do not pass the course with a grade of C/70 or better must repeat the course.

Other Policies

Be on time: Being late is irresponsible.  If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time, please let me know.  You can fail this class for being late.  (See the Attendance Policy.)

Practice courtesy: When I am 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 have begun teaching, remain outside in the hallway until I invite you into the room.  When another student is speaking, listen.

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.

If you leave the classroom for more than 15 minutes, you are absent.  If you begin leaving the classroom daily, you must provide a doctor's note explaining the condition that makes sitting for 1 hour and 15 minutes impossible for you.

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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