At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
Course Objectives and Expectations
|Course Objectives||Expectations of Students|
|By the end of this course, you should be able to:||Throughout the course, you are expected to:|
|Write regularly, in notebooks and on the computer.||Write regularly; I would recommend a minimum of 1,500 words per week in addition to the submitted work for the course.|
|Explain the conventions of different genres with facility, including the short story, personal essay, verse and free verse poetry.||Read extensively in each genre, and analyze what you read as a writer.|
|Successfully employ the above conventions in your own writing.||Shape and refine each piece through multiple drafts; use a writing process to generate, develop, draft, workshop, revise, and proofread your work.|
|Provide valuable feedback to other writers in a peer review or workshop setting.||Read other students’ work assiduously and provide useful written feedback.|
|Recognize the strengths and weaknesses in your writing and learn to effectively revise. Demonstrate this ability through effectively revising a short story.||Contemplate the suggestions your instructor and others give you about your writing; revise your work substantially.|
You will submit your work in six portfolios. All assignments that you will collect into your portfolios are clearly marked with the Major Portfolio Assignment and the (regular) Portfolio Assignment headings. Although all major and regular portfolio assignments should be well thought out, the major portfolio assignments should be taken through several revisions and reflect your strongest writing. When submitting your work, follow the guidelines given in the instructions. Make sure to edit and proofread your work.
Since writing is an involved process, you might find that you would like to spend even more time developing your ideas. Once you have submitted the final portfolio your course is considered complete and you may not resubmit any of the previous portfolios.
The writing submitted in your portfolios must be your original work and be written specifically for this course. Any work that is recycled or plagiarized will receive a failing grade. If you have already started a project that you would like to continue work on, contact your instructor for approval.
You will submit your completed portfolios electronically through your course. To make sure that I can open and read your papers, please save each portfolio as a single Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX file.
There are no exams for this course
Each portfolio will be graded according to the following rubric:
|Grade||Quality of Work|
|A||Work that exhibits an exceptional understanding of the genre’s conventions and employs them with great facility. A-level work underscores an innovative idea with finely crafted writing.|
|B||Work that exhibits a solid understanding of the genre’s conventions and employs them with facility. While a few relatively minor areas (e.g., aspects of structure, organization, pacing, sentence structure) might need additional refining or development, B-level work is quite strong, possessing many of the attributes of A-level work.|
|C||Work that demonstrates an adequate level of competency and facility in the genre. Such work is complete and contains many of the qualities of B-level work; however, several areas are underdeveloped (e.g., characterization, plot) or need attention.|
|D, E||Work that is incomplete, underdeveloped, or shows lower facility and/or competency than C-level work in any given genre.|
A student who consistently produces solid work will earn a final grade in the B-range, while a student who consistently produces exceptional work will earn a final grade in the A-range. It is possible to earn a combination of A- and B-level grades and still earn a final grade in the A-range.
The following chart shows the weight for each portfolio assignment. You can keep track of your submissions by recording your grades here:
|Final Course Grade||100|
|C+||79–77||E (fail)||59 or below|
|Portfolio 1||Lesson||Assignments Submitted|
|1||Portfolio Assignment 1, Part A|
|1||Portfolio Assignment 1, Part B|
|1||Portfolio Assignment 1, Part C|
|2||Portfolio Assignment 1, Part D|
|2||Portfolio Assignment 1 (Major), Part E|
|2||Portfolio Assignment 1 (Major), Part E.1-E.5|
|2||Portfolio Assignment 1, Part F|
|3||Portfolio Assignment 1 (Major), Part G|
|3||Portfolio Assignment 1 (Major), Part H|
|3||Portfolio Assignment 1, Part 1|
|Lessons 1-3 portfolio assignments due after Lesson 3|
|Portfolio 2||Lesson||Assignments Submitted|
|4||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part A|
|4||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part B|
|4||Portfolio Assignment 2 (Major), Part C|
|4||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part D|
|4||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part E|
|5||Portfolio Assignment 1 (Major), Part F.1-F.2|
|5||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part G.1-G.5|
|5||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part H|
|6||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part I|
|6||Portfolio Assignment 2 (Major), Part J|
|6||Portfolio Assignment 2, Part K|
|Lessons 4-6 portfolio assignments due after Lesson 6|
|Portfolio 3||Lesson||Assignment Due|
|7||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part A|
|7||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part B|
|7||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part C|
|7||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part D|
|7||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part E|
|8||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part F.1-F.2|
|8||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part G|
|8||Portfolio Assignment 3 (Major), Part H|
|8||Portfolio Assignment 3, Part I|
|Lessons 7-8 portfolio assignments due after Lesson 8|
|Portfolio 4||Lesson||Assignment Due|
|9||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part A|
|9||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part B|
|9||Portfolio Assignment 4 (Major), Part C|
|9||Portfolio Assignment 4 (Major), Part D|
|9||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part E|
|10||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part A|
|10||Portfolio Assignment 4 (Major), Part F|
|10||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part G|
|10||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part H|
|11||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part I|
|11||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part J|
|11||Portfolio Assignment 4 (Major), Part L|
|11||Portfolio Assignment 4 (Major), Part M|
|11||Portfolio Assignment 4, Part N|
|Lessons 9-11 portfolio assignments due after Lesson 11|
|Portfolio 5||Lesson||Assignment Due|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part A.1-A.2|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part B|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5 (Major), Part C|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5 (Major), Part D.1-D.3|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part E.1-E.2|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part F.1-F.2|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part G|
|12||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part H|
|13||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part I|
|13||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part J|
|13||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part K|
|13||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part L.1-L.2|
|13||Portfolio Assignment 5 (Major), Part M.1-M.2|
|13||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part N|
|14||Portfolio Assignment 5 (Major), Part P.1-P.2|
|14||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part Q|
|14||Portfolio Assignment 5 (Major), Part R|
|14||Portfolio Assignment 5, Part S|
|Lessons 12-14 portfolio assignments due after Lesson 14|
|Portfolio 6||Lesson||Assignment Due|
|15||Portfolio Assignment 6 (Major), Part a|
|15||Portfolio Assignment 6, Part B|
|15||Portfolio Assignment 6, Part c|
|Lessons 15 portfolio assignments due after Lesson 15|
Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. Allow ample time to complete the course. I would recommend submitting a maximum of one portfolio every two weeks. At this rate, you could finish the course in 12 weeks, which is a little shorter than a traditional semester.
Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.
As determined by your instructor or the BYU administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:
First Offense of Plagiarism
Second Offense of Plagiarism
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6 portfolio assignments; assignments may not be resubmitted.
There are no exams for this course
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