English 3360: Current Approaches to Composition and
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English 3360 is an amalgam of writing workshop, teaching practicum, and composition theory course. Its purpose is to introduce you to the current research in literacy, writing, and the teaching of writing to the end of helping to prepare you to be a more effective, reflective, and informed language arts teacher in either an elementary, middle, or secondary public school. To this end, we will complicate and question our ideas of literacy and language:
Texts and Materials
Your grades will be based on the following assignments:
For more information on the assignments, see the Assignments page.
Submitting Assignments: We'll be relatively paperless this
semester. Course assignments must be submitted online through the course WebCT
site. The mechanics of this process will be demonstrated in class. For this
to work, you must: 1) use MS Word for all documents; and 2) name the file you
send to with your last name and an abbreviation of the assignment name. For
example, the interview report would be: QuickIR.doc (using your own last name,
of course!). The essay would be QuickEssay.doc (and so on). Any files sent for
grading that are not named according to these instructions will be returned
to you ungraded and will be considered handed in late.
You must attend and be on time for class, because the work we will do during class will be crucial to your understanding of the material and your success in the course. In addition, English 3360 is a pre-professional course, and you are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner, which includes good attendance. You have six (6) "sick leave" days for which you can be absent with no consequences other than missed in-class work (which cannot be made up). You do not need to tell me why you missed class or offer any documentation--an absence is an absence, whatever the reason. After six absences, your final grade drops by half a letter grade for each day missed. To be considered present, you must be in class on time, participate in all class activities, and remain in class for the entire period.
Late assignments are docked one letter grade for each day late, no matter what the reason. That means each calendar day, not each class day. No late work will be accepted for any reason after the last day of class.
Please turn off all cell phones or other electronic communication devices while in class. Do not use computers or class time for anything other than English 3360 related work. Do not work on computers while someone (instructor or student) is speaking to the class as a whole. In general, treat each other and the instructor with respect and follow simple standards of common courtesy.
The university will not tolerate plagiarism or any other form of intellectual/academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is a serious violation of departmental and University policies, but it is sometimes difficult to understand what plagiarism actually is. Often, students commit unintentional plagiarism (not citing sources properly, for example), because they are unaware of the standards that apply. Regardless, work that is turned in for the course that is plagiarized will be failed. If you are unsure about your use of sources, please consult with me or visit the writing center (in the TLC, in Library 216) for advice on source documentation BEFORE the item is due. For this course, you must use either APA or MLA citation style. Any grammar handbook and many web sites have directions on correct citation. Click here for an excellent review of the various forms of plagiarism, good for any teacher to review/use. It is long, but worthwhile.
Click here for information on MLA documentation rules and APA documentation rules.
Acceptance of Diversity
We are the most diverse campus, in terms of racial identity, in the Texas A&M system. This means that we are all meeting and working with people who are different from ourselves in terms of their identities: whether that is defined by their race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religion. Respecting and accepting difference is vital to your success in this class, on this campus, as a future teacher in your own classroom, and in the global community.
Student 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 which provides reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you are a student requiring an accommodation, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at (361)825-5816 or visit the office at Driftwood 101.
About the TExES
Do not rush into the professional development segment of your career by attempting to take your TExES certification exams too soon. The College of Education can give you advice on when to take your professional development exams and will be your sole source of information about the TExES if you are working toward EC-4 certfication. For those of you who will be taking the English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR) 4-8 or 8-12, please do the following:
The College of Liberal Arts requires that students meet with an Academic Advisor as soon as they are ready to declare a major. The Academic Advisor will set up a degree plan, which must be signed by the student, a faculty mentor, and the department chair. The College's Academic Advising Center is located in Driftwood 203E, and can be reached at 825-3466. If your major is in another College (e.g., Education), please contact that college for information and requirements about advising.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this syllabus, please speak with me as soon as possible. You are responsible for understanding and adhering to the policies of this course and TAMU-CC.