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Introduction | Readings | Technology | Attendance Policy | Late Papers | Participation | Plagiarism | Formatting | Grading


English 106 introduces you to various strategies for understanding and composing written argument backed by research. More specifically, you will hone your ability to write persuasively and clearly as well as learn how to use sources in a way that is appropriate, relevant, practical, and effective.




Paper-based Text:

Everything's An Argument by Andrea A. Lunsford and John J. Ruszkiewicz

Virtual Texts:


Basic responsibilities:
This course is designed for students with various levels of technological expertise. However, all students are expected to meet certain basic technology responsibilities:


Attendance Policy:

To get the full benefit of your education, attendance and class participation are necessary. If you are cutting class, you are jeopardizing your education as well as your grade. Excessive absences will not be tolerated.

If any student has more than five unexcused absences he/she will fail the course.

After being absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed. One way to do so is to check the Weekly Calendar page on this website, but use whatever means you can. If you have an excused absence, you may make up graded assignments. Make-up assignments must be turned in no more than one class meeting after your return.

There are no make-ups for unannounced (pop) quizzes.

Tardies are annoying and disruptive for both teachers and students. Students who come after I have called roll at the beginning of class will not be counted as having attended that day. The same is true for those who leave early. Three tardies will count as one unexcused absence.

Conferences are an essential part of the course. Missing a conference is counted as an absence. Since we're on such a tight schedule with the conferences, you MUST get there on time. TWO tardies to conferences count as an unexcused absence.


Late Papers:

I will accept late papers only at my discretion and no later than one class period after the original due date. The paper grade will be lowered ten points per day.

The responsibility is yours to submit papers on time. Have a friend submit your paper if you are unable to do so, but make sure your friend is reliable. Papers that are submitted outside of class (for example, left under the door or left in the wrong mailbox) will receive a grade of "0" if they are lost, and will have points deducted for late submission if they are late. For your own sake, do not put off the assignments are make excuses. Do your work on time.


Class participation:

You will participate actively yet respectfully during class meetings and discussions, including peer critiques and group work. You will be responsible for making sure that your group gets work accomplished in a timely and satisfactory manner, and you will participate in that process to the best of your ability. You will pay attention during class and not disrupt it by talking, playing around, or doing outside work.



Plagiarism is the failure to credit someone else's work in your paper. Deliberate plagiarism results in a zero, and if repeated an F in the course. Unintentional plagiarism (forgetting to credit paraphrases or direct quotations properly) is still serious and results in a 50 for the assignment. We're going to go over proper paraphrasing and quoting in detail, but if you ever have any questions about it, you should ask me or look at the OWL website (Purdue Online Writing Lab).



The papers in this class follow MLA guidelines for formatting. You can find these guidelines laid out at the OWL website.



You must complete all the major projects to pass the course. Since writing is a process, for each project you must submit multiple components of your work (including preliminary assignments, research notes, drafts, etc.).

Point values for assignments & participation:
Your final grade will be compiled by adding the total points you have earned throughout the semester.

Point total conversion scale:

A: 900 - 1000 points
B: 800 - 899 points
C: 700- 799 points
D: 600 - 699 points
F: Below 660

Papers that receive high scores have these characteristics:


Well, that's it. It's important that you understand all of this (that's why it's so long and involved), so if you have any questions about this or anything else, please ask me. I reserve the right to amend these policies for special circumstances. Good luck with the class!

Introduction | Readings | Technology | Attendance Policy | Late Papers | Participation | Plagiarism | Formatting | Grading