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Thomas Cole, View from Northhampton, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke,
after a Thunderstorm (The Oxbow)
Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 x 76 in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Determination of Composition Grades
Essay 1
Essay 2
Web Projects:
Web Project 1
Web Project 2
Web Project 3
Writing Consultation
TOTAL: 100%

Determination of Grades

Essays – 40% (Essay 1 – 20%; Essay 2 – 20%)

All essays should be turned in on time. Late papers will be penalized 1/3 letter grade for each day they are late. Any paper turned in after one week will receive an F. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, in a standard 12- point font, and stapled in the left-hand corner. You must complete all written assignments in order to pass the class.

Web Projects – 45 % (Project 1 – 10%; Project 2 – 15%; Project 3 – 20%)
You will be creating 3 projects in which you will research and interpret a
person, place, event or work of art for publication on the web.

By remaining in the course you acknowledge that your work will be available

Professionalism –15% (attendance - 10%; writing consultation – 5 %)

You will be expected to participate in the class in a professional manner, that is, be on time, meet deadlines, collaborate, and pull your load. Professionalism includes all of these as well as regular attendance (see “Attendance” below), willing participation in all facets of classroom life, and sincere effort to improve your own writing and that of your peers.

You will also be expected to either come to a writing workshop or have an individual consultation twice during the semester.


You are expected to attend class regularly and be prepared. We will have a sign-in sheet to record attendance. The sign-in sheet will serve as the official record for attendance. Anyone arriving unexcused after 10 minutes will be considered absent for that day.

Excused absences involve illness or emergency and require some form of official documentation (signed medical excuse, receipt from the doctor, an employer’s letter on letterhead, etc.) Religious holidays may also be excused if you submit notice to the instructor in advance of your intention to miss class for this reason.

If you attend all of our classes, you will receive an A as 10% of your final grade. The following penalties apply to the attendance portion of your professionalism grade: 1 absence = B; 2 absences = C; 3 absences= D; 4 absences = F.

After 4 absences you have missed the equivalent of 2 weeks and, per English Department policy, I reserve the right to drop you from the class.

Academic Support Services

The Center for Students with DisABILITIES “provides academic support services for all UH students who have any type of health impairment, learning disability, or psychiatric disorder.” Students who want to more about these services should consult the Student Handbook or should contact CSD in 307 Student Service Center 713-743-4400 (voice) or 713-743-1527(TDD)

Academic Honesty

In this class, we will function as a community of writers, sharing ideas and critiquing each other’s work. According to university and department policy, plagiarism (broadly defined as passing off somebody else’s work as your own) constitutes grounds for failure of the assignment in question, possibly failure of the course, or even suspension from the university. See “Academic Honesty,” pages 9-13 in the Student Handbook.

Reproduction of The Oxbow:
Cole, Thomas (1801-1848). View from Mount Holyoke, Northhampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm - The Oxbow. 1836. Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1908 (08.228). Online image. 2002-2004. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 23 August 2004. <>

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