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Writing College Papers
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Instructor: Jenny Corey-Gruenes 

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Class: E105, Albert Lea H.S. 

Course Description:
Writing College Papers is a course designed to teach effective writing at the college level. You will learn composition and organization skills that will enable you to write better and more confidently. Effective writing is a process that requires thought and practice beyond the classroom. For successful achievement in this course, you must actively participate in your own instruction.

Course Objectives:

  • To become better and more confident writers.
  • To develop greater control of the writing process (invention, drafting, revision, & proofing).
  • To learn critical thinking, analysis, and argumentation skills.
  • To work productively in peer revision groups.
  • To develop skills in computer-assisted writing and research.
  • To learn research and documentation skills.
  • To develop a better understanding of the conventions of standard American English (spelling, punctuation, grammar, capitalization, etc.).
Required Texts & Supplies:
Nadell, Judith, John Langan, and Linda McMeniman. The Macmillan Reader. 6th  ed. Boston: Allyn and
        Bacon, 2000.
3.5" diskette (Bring every day)
Notebook with folder


  • Major Essays (60%)
  • Assignments / Presentations / Peer Review /In-class Exercises and Discussion/Final Exam (40%)
100% - 93%  =  A                     77%  -  73%  =  C
92%  - 90% =  A-                      72%  -  70%  =  C-
89%  - 88%  =  B+                     69%  -  68%  =  D+
87%  - 83% =  B                        67%  -  63%  =  D
82%  - 80% =  B-                       62%  -  60%  =  D-
79%  - 78% =  C+                      Below 60%   =  F
After reviewing the course requirements, you will notice that active attendance and participation are vital to a successful experience in Writing College Papers. I will be taking attendance.  I follow the school attendance policy stated in the student handbook.  When returning to class after an absence, it is the studentís responsibility to find out what assignments were missed.  I won't be tracking you down.  Please see the planner on the podium for daily assignments, pick-up any handouts you donít already have (near the telephone) and ask another student in class to find out what assignments are due.  If you are still confused, please ask me for help catching-up.

Tardy Addendum:
Tardy: You arrive late for class but less than five minutes late for class.
Absent: You don't show-up for class, or you show-up five minutes (or longer) late for class.  (See Student Handbook for Absence Policy.)

If you arrive after the bell rings, you will be counted tardy.  If you accumulate three tardies, you will lower your final grade by 3%.  For every tardy after the first three, your grade is lowered an additional 3%.

For example, if you were earning 83% (B) and you were late three times, you would lower your grade to 80% (B-).  If you were late one more time, you would lower your grade to 77%, which is a C.

Late Papers:
Situations sometimes arise when you are unable to turn in your out-of-class papers on time. This is not good. Your paper is lowered one letter grade for every day it is late (unless an acceptable excuse is provided). You should notify me that your paper will be late as soon as possible.

All Assignments:
All assignments should be typed and double-spaced. All final drafts for essays must be printed on a laser quality printer. And, of course, all assignments must be handed in on time. I don't accept late assignments. Please see my late paper policy above.

Academic Dishonesty Policy:
Individuals are expected to show honesty in meeting their academic obligations. Examples of violating conduct include cheating on assignments or examinations and plagiarizing. Probable sanction: course sanctions, probation, suspension, or expulsion. Students must provide evidence of significant invention and revision if requested to do so.

Special Learning Needs:
Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability, please see me as early in the term as possible to discuss necessary accommodations.