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Fall 1 a 1

  1. 1. EWRT 1A: Class 1
  2. 2. Agenda Adding the Class Syllabus/Green Sheet Website In-class writing
  3. 3. Adding the Class  I will only take 30 students  If you are on the waiting list, you can stay. I won’t hand out add codes until Monday of next week, and then, only if there is room.  As we go over the syllabus, consider whether you will stay in the class. If you want out, please let me know, so I can offer your seat to another student.  If you are not on the waiting list, it is very unlikely you will get into the class unless we have a mass exodus after the syllabus!
  4. 4. The Green Sheet: What you will find here  Course Requirements  Assignments and values  Participation  Required Materials  Books  Computer Access  Class Policies  Plagiarism  Conduct and Courtesy  The Class Website  How to sign up for an account  How to post your homework.
  5. 5. Texts and Required Materials:  Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper, The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing 8th Edition  Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games.  A stapler, loose-leaf paper or a notebook for note- taking, and pens or pencils
  6. 6. Requirements:  Active participation in class discussions and regular attendance.  Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and reading.  Five formal papers, one of which will be written in class, and one which will be delivered as a speech.  A series of posts to the class website  Tests, quizzes, and in-class assignments.
  7. 7. Grading
  8. 8. Class Policies Writing Submissions:  All out of class work to be submitted to me electronically before the class period in which it is due. Work must be submitted as an attachment in Microsoft word. No other saved forms are acceptable. If you do not have Microsoft Word software available, leave yourself time to save and send your work from a library computer. All work must be in MLA format. I will read and return work, in the order I receive it, with comments both in the text and in the margins.
  9. 9. Attendance: Success in this course depends on regular attendance and active participation. Participation points will be part of our daily activities. If you are not in class, you cannot earn these points. You should save absences for emergencies, work conflicts, weddings, jury duty, or any other issues that might arise in your life. It is your responsibility to talk to me your absences or other conflicts. Work done in class cannot be made up. Also, please arrive on time, as you will not be able to make up work completed before you arrive, including quizzes.
  10. 10.  Tests: We will have five vocabulary tests during the quarter. There are no make-ups. One day, near the end of the quarter, I will offer every student the opportunity to take or re-take one test.  Late Work: I do not accept late work. I do, however, extend an opportunity to revise essay #2 or #3 for a better grade.
  11. 11. Conduct, Courtesy, and Electronic Devices:  In this class, we will regularly engage in the discussion of topics that may stir passionate debates. Please speak freely and candidly; however, while your thoughts and ideas are important to me and to the dynamics of the class, you must also respect others and their opinions. Courtesy will allow each person to have the opportunity to express his or her ideas in a comfortable environment.  Courtesy includes but is not limited to politely listening to others when they contribute to class discussions or while they give presentations, not slamming the classroom door or walking in front of classmates giving presentations if you do arrive late, and maintaining a positive learning environment for your fellow classmates. To help maintain a positive learning environment, please focus on the work assigned, turn off all cell phones and IPods before class, and do not text-message in class. If your behavior becomes disruptive to the learning environment of the class, you may be asked to leave and/or be marked absent.
  12. 12.  Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism includes quoting or paraphrasing material without documentation and copying from other students or professionals. Intentional plagiarism is a grave offense; the resulting response will be distasteful. Depending upon the severity, instances of plagiarism may result in a failing grade for the paper or the course and possible administrative action. All assignments will be scanned and scrutinized for academic dishonesty. Please refer to your handbook for more information regarding plagiarism.
  13. 13.  The syllabus is a tentative schedule  It may be revised during the quarter.  Use it to determine how to prepare for class. Week and Days   What we will do  in class  Homework due before the next class  Project Title
  14. 14. Website:  Our class website is In order to do the homework, you must establish an account. To make your own FREE Word Press account, go to and click on the large, orange button that says, “Get started here.” The system will walk you through a series of steps that will allow you to set up your own user-friendly Word Press blog. If you don't want a blog, you can sign up for just a username. Or, you can sign in with your Facebook account. Make sure you sign in with YOUR username before you post on our class page so you get credit for your work.  If you prefer not to use your own name, you may use a pseudonym. Please email me your username if it is significantly different from your real name.  If you cannot establish your website and username, please come to my office hours as soon as possible, and I will help you with the process. Much of our work will take place online, so establishing this connection is mandatory.
  15. 15. On the Website  Some Reading Assignments  Essay Assignments  The Green Sheet  The Syllabus (The Daily Plan) • Writing Tips • Helpful Links • Your Daily Homework Assignment (which is where you post your homework.)
  16. 16. Posting Homework  On the front page of the website, you will find the homework post after each class.  Below that post on the right, are the words “Leave a comment.”  Copy and paste your homework into the box.  Click there and a comment box will open. Post your homework in the comment box and click “Post Comment.”
  17. 17. Homework There is writing homework due before each meeting. This is both to help you think about your reading and to help you produce ideas for your essays. In order to earn an A on your homework, you must do the following:  Complete all of the posts.  Post them on time.  Be thoughtful in your responses.
  18. 18. Is this class too hard? Is this class History 10? Will I be the teacher’s favorite?
  19. 19. You are headed into the woods for several weeks. The possibility that you will encounter carnivores, giardiasis (from bad water), rough terrain, weather, insects, and poison ivy is very real. You are wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. You have an empty daypack. From the lists on the next slides, choose which additional items you would take with you on your trip. Note in detail why you would choose these items.
  20. 20.  Group 1 (Choose 2)  Blanket (one wool double)  Sleeping Bag (one single, nylon and down)  Two extra pair of socks (wool)  A rain coat (yellow)  Reflective heat jacket (Regulates temperature by reflecting and retaining body warmth while dissipating moisture and excess heat to keep you comfortable.)  Hiking boots (water proof)  Group 2 (Choose 1)  Waterproof matches (one box of 20)  An empty container/bottle (One gallon-glass)  Rope (25 feet)  Tarp (8x10)  Iodine Tablets (one jar of 20)
  21. 21.  Group 3 (Choose 1)  Bow & Arrows (6)  Small Knife (6” blade)  A large heavy sword (2.5 feet, 10 lbs.)  A hammer (common household type)  A fishing line & hook (100 feet of line and 3 hooks)  Group 4 (Choose 1)  A box of crackers (16 oz.)  A package of beef jerky (16 oz.)  A bottle of water (one gallon)  A package of cheese (16 oz.)  A bag of apples (10 small apples)
  22. 22. Homework  Buy: The Hunger Games and The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing.  Make your Word Press Website or establish your user name  Post #1 Your finished list. Make sure you note in detail why you chose these items.  Post #2: Journal: If you had to survive out on your own, what would be the easiest part for you and what would be some of the more difficult aspects of surviving outdoors on your own?  Bring a hard copy of your list and reasons to class.