Monday, August 20, 2012

Addendum to the Fall 2012 ENG 102 Syllabus

You need to set up a blog on Blogger

The blog will be your online journal and you will post your critical responses to homework assignments.

When responding to homework there are some basic requirements:

1) Develop an understanding of the author(s) argument and/or perspective

2) Develop your critical perspective concerning the points being made

3) Frame your response around a specific point you would like to make or theme you would like to discuss

4) Make sure to refer to the source text and directly connect your argument to the content of the homework assignment.

5) 300-500 words (but you can always feel free to write more). These homework assignments can always serve as the basis for a longer essay assignment.

6) All posts need a title and will have a number corresponding to the assignment (example: "#3: title of your post").

Grading of your posts will consist of:

Credit = contains critical thought and a clear discussion of your argument that is connected to the source text’s arguments

Revise = a good attempt, but some problems (which will be explained by the professor) that need to be addressed before you can receive credit

No Credit = sloppy writing (repetitive basic writing mistakes), failure to develop a clear statement/perspective in your response, lack of reflection on the homework assignment and/or no attempt to seriously address it.

During the semester there will be opportunities for extra credit: lectures, films, events and suggested texts. You need to write a post on your blog (300-500 words) of your response (make your title to the post like this: “Extra Credit: ‘title of the response’). Similar to the regular homework responses, I will comment on the extra credit responses and state whether you will receive credit for it (see “no credit” description above for why you would not receive credit).

Each extra credit can count toward one point on your final grade, with up to 10 extra credit points possible.

Extra credit opportunities can be suggested to me, but must be suggested early enough so that all students can take advantage of the opportunity and must be agreed upon by me beforehand. I will list extra-credit opportunities in the ENG 102 Discussion Prompts post

I run the Bluegrass Film Society on campus on Wednesday nights and these films will be offered as extra credit opportunities:

Fall 2012 Bluegrass Film Society

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