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Azin Arefi - English

EWRT 211- Developmental Writing

Goals of the course:

  • To learn to read, understand, analyze, and write at the college level.
  • To practice pre-writing techniques in order to generate ideas for essays.
  • To write unified, focused, and coherent essays based on a thesis.
  • To use specific and concrete details to support the thesis.
  • To organize details in a pattern logically related to the thesis.
  • To create introductions, transitions, and conclusions.
  • To edit for errors in syntax, diction, punctuation, and spelling.
  • To move from personal writing to academic writing.

 Requirements of the course:

  • Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions.
  • Keeping up-to-date on the assignments and readings.
  • Five papers.
  • A Final examination.
  • Unannounced quizzes, in-class assignments, and projects. 

Required Texts:

  • Judd Winick, Pedro and Me
  • A Course Reader
  • Beason and Lester, A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage 



This is a Pass/Fail course, which means that a grade of A, B, or C will be translated into a Pass on your transcript. To get an A, B, or C (Pass), you should

  • Write all five essays and achieve an average of 70%
  • Pass one in-class essay
  • Have a grade of 70% or above on the quizzes and in-class assignments.
  • Pass the final exam. 

The Grade Breakdown will be as follows:






Final Exam




Unit Packets




Group Work/Projects





Paper Formats: Your papers should be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font, with one-inch margins all around. Your full name, class name, date, and paper # should appear on the right hand corner. Your pages should be numbered. Please staple the paper before handing it in. Give your paper an interesting title. The Due Dates for the papers can be found on the "Daily Assignments" portion of this greensheet. One of the five papers as well as the final exam will be an in-class essay.

Course Policies:

Attendance: Attendance every day is required. You should come to class on time, having done the reading and prepared to discuss. If you have to be absent, please call to excuse yourself.  If you have four (4) unexcused absences, I will assume that you have withdrawn, and give you a W.

Plagiarism. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas in direct quote, paraphrase, or summary form and submitting them as your own. I expect no copying or cheating whatsoever, at any time, by any student. IF YOU EVER FEEL BOGGED DOWN BY WRITER’S BLOCK OR FRUSTRATED WITH AN ASSIGNMENT IN ANY WAY, COME TALK TO ME! IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR WRITER’S VOICE AND WANT TO SOUND BETTER ON PAPER, COME TALK TO ME! Plagiarism is often committed on accident, by people who want to sound better or by those who do not know how to correctly incorporate and cite research into their papers. But these are not excuses for it. Plagiarism, whether intentional or not, is always wrong. Plagiarism may result in automatic failure of the course.

Respect: In class we will be discussing a lot of issues and each individual person's opinion must be respected. You are to listen to each other and be considerate of one another at all times. You can disagree with someone, but always in a respectful manner. Any disruptive or disrespectful behavior to me or to your fellow classmates may be cause for dismissal from the class and failure of the course. As part of respect, please remember to turn off cell phones and pagers, as they are disruptive to the class.

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Last Updated: 4/25/16