Grading Policy

You will receive a plus/minus grade on each of your writing projects.  I will do my best to keep your grades updated on D2L; however, it is ultimately your responsibility to keep up with your grades, averages, absence penalties, etc. Feel free to inquire at any time.

Plus/Minus Grading Scale


A+        97—100%

A          93—96%

A-        90—92%

Excellent and profesional quality work. Content and design are appropriate for the audience, purpose, and context. May contain only minor flaws.
B+       87—89%

B         83—86%

B-        80—82%

Good and professional quality work. Your project is of high quality in most of the major areas. Content and design are appropriate for the audience, purpose, and context. May contain a few errors.
C+       77—79%

C         73—76%

C-        70—72%

Average and marginal professional quality. Content and design consider audience, purpose, and context, but need adjustments to be clear, appropriate, well‐developed. Contains a single major deficiency or many minor errors.
D+       67—69%

D         63—66%

D-        60—62%

Below average and poor professional quality. Content and design barely consider audience, purpose, and context. Contains some major deficiencies and/or many minor errors.

F          59%

Unacceptable quality that ignores the standards of professional quality. Content and design lack consideration of audience, purpose, and context. Contains many major deficiencies.
0%             No Submission

Attendance Policy & Expectations for Participation

Because we will not meet face-to-face for every class session, your attendance and participation are particularly important on the days that we do meet together in our classroom. On those days, I expect you to arrive on time and be prepared by having completed assigned readings and writing. For all face-to-face class sessions, I will take attendance and will apply the following policy to absences:

You will be allowed THREE absences, excused or unexcused, for the entire semester. These absences can be used in the case of sickness, family events, school related functions, work-related issues, or unexpected circumstances. Your final grade will be lowered by one third of a letter grade for each day missed over three. In other words, if you earn an A- in the course but have four absences, your final grade would be a B+. You are responsible for any material you missed during class.

For scheduled hybrid days, we will not meet face-to-face, and I will not take attendance. Rather, you will be responsible for completing all online and field-based assignments by the day and time specified.

The midpoint for the semester is October 15th. Students wishing to withdraw should do so before this date in order to receive a grade of W for the course.

Late Work and Extensions

Projects are due at the specified time on the date stated on the schedule (see the course website for the most up-to-date schedule). If you foresee not being able to submit an assignment on time, please talk to me in advance to inquire about an extension. If you submit late, without an approved extension, your grade will be deducted one third of a letter grade per calendar day, which includes days that we do not meet for class. In other words a B would fall to a B- if late one calendar day. I would much rather you submit an assignment late than not at all, so please contact me if you are having a difficult time submitting an assignment; we can typically work out an arrangement so that you do not receive a zero for the assignment.

Submission Policies

You will be asked to submit your work in various forms (e.g., print copy, email, blog, D2L, using forms of social media). Please follow all stated instructions for how, when, and where to submit your assignments for this course.

Make-Up Examination Policy

Students are required to attend the university-scheduled exam period for this course. I will allow make-up examinations only for students who have more than two university-scheduled exams within a 24-hour period. If this applies to you, you need to let me know as soon as possible, and no later than one week prior to the final examination date, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Academic Honesty

As members of the academic community, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The university assumes as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the products of their own efforts. According to GSU’s handbook, dishonorable conduct includes plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized collaboration, falsification, and multiple submissions of your academic work. For specific examples and definitions of each of these forms of conduct, please see the Policy on Academic Honesty, section 409 in the Faculty Handbook: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwfhb/fhb.html.

In our course, you should be particularly mindful of issues related to plagiarism. GSU defines plagiarism as follows: “Plagiarism is presenting another person’s work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes any paraphrasing or summarizing of the works of another person without acknowledgment, including the submitting of another student’s work as one’s own.”

GSU also specifies this policy in relation to computer-based resources, explaining that “Any work, in whole or in part, taken from the Internet or other computer-based resource without properly referencing the source (for example, the URL) is considered plagiarism. A complete reference is required in order that all parties may locate and view the original source.”

Composing multimedia texts often involves splicing pieces of content created by others. However, absolutely anything in your work that is not created by you must be cited and must follow copyright and fair use policies. This includes any text, images, music, logos, templates, videos, etc. that were not created by you. If you have questions about how to properly cite these materials, please let me know and I will be happy to help.

Course Assessment

Your constructive assessment of this course plays an indispensable role in shaping education at Georgia State. Upon completing the course, please take time to fill out the online course evaluation.


Students who wish to request accommodation for a disability may do so by registering with the Office of Disability Services. Students may only be accommodated upon issuance by the Office of Disability Services of a signed Accommodation Plan and are responsible for providing a copy of that plan to instructors of all classes in which accommodations are sought. 

English Major Senior Portfolios

The English department at GSU requires an exit portfolio of all students graduating with a degree in English. Ideally, students should work on this every semester, selecting 1-2 papers from each course and revising them, with direction from faculty members. The portfolio includes revised work and a reflective essay about what you’ve learned. Each concentration (literature, creative writing, rhetoric/composition, and secondary education) within the major may have specific items to place in the portfolio, so be sure to check booklet located next to door of the front office of the English Department. Senior Portfolio due dates are published in the booklets or you may contact an advisor or Dr. Dobranski, Director of Undergraduate Studies. See the English office for additional information.


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