Assignments

Assignment Descriptions:

Participation:

Participation counts for 15% of the total class grade. Participation includes coming class prepared, completing all assigned readings, speaking daily in classroom discussions, daily in-class short writing assignments, and classroom conduct (paying attention, no talking out of turn, no texting, no sleeping, etc.).

Midterm Essay Exam: 

This essay will take place on 11/1. Students will have the entire class period to prewrite, draft, revise, and edit an essay based on a class reading that will be announced before hand and a prompt that will be provided on test day. 

Students who cannot attend the midterm must arrange for a make-up day in advance.

Final Essay Exam: 

The City Tech English Department gives all 1101 students an in-class final essay exam. It will be based on a reading that you will be given beforehand and a choice of prompts given on exam day.  Students will have 75-minutes to prewrite, draft, revise, and edit their essay.

You must pass the final exam to pass the course as a whole.

In-Class Writings: 

These are three in-class writing projects. Students will have 50 minutes to prewrite, draft, revise, and edit an essay based on class readings and a prompt.

Students who cannot attend an in-class writing must arrange for a make-up day in advance.

Personal Essay:  

The personal essay will be a 500 – 750 words long in MLA format. Additional details and prompts are provided on the Personal Essay Assignment page.

Two copies of the rough draft must be brought into class for peer/instructor review. Final drafts must be submitted to Blackboard in .doc or .docx format. No Exceptions.

Compare/Contrast Essay: 

The compare/contrast essay will be a 1,000 – 1,500 words long in MLA format. Additional details and prompts are provided on the Compare/Contrast Essay Assignment page.

Two copies of the rough draft must be brought into class for peer/instructor review. Final drafts must be submitted to Blackboard in .doc or .docx format. No Exceptions.

Research Project:

The research project is the multi-step culmination of this course. The first step of the process is to submit for approval a Research Question and Thesis. Once the research question is approved, students must research and evaluate at least five sources in an Annotated Bibliography. Expanding on their research, students must then organize their research into a detailed Research Outline. Finally, students must finalize their research into a 1,500 – 2,000 word Research Essay in MLA format.

Research essays must be submitted to Blackboard in .doc or .docx format. No Exceptions.
Late Assignments will lose 10% of the total possible points for every day they are late. After five days, late papers will no longer be accepted. Blackboard issues are not an excuse for late work. Issues such as improperly submitted files, blank files, unreadable files, or files submitted in the wrong format will not be an excuse for late work. Make every effort to ensure that your work is submitted in the proper format and on time so that it can receive full credit.

Assignment Grades:

Participation 15%
Midterm Essay Exam 15%
Final Essay Exam 15%
In-Class Writing x3 6%
Personal Essay Draft 3%
Personal Essay Final 5%
Compare/Contrast Essay Draft 4%
Compare/Contrast Essay Final 10%
Research Question & Thesis 2%
Annotated Bibliography 5%
Research Outline 10%
Research Essay 10%
Total 100%

 

 

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