Writing 2-3 is a writing and research course in which students are expected to read critically, research thoroughly, write effectively, and participate enthusiastically.
In Writing 2, students will commit to the following:
Writing 2 requires at least three argumentative essays, with revision and pre-writing exercises attached. These assignments increase in complexity as students move from working with single texts, to working with multiple texts.
In Writing 3, students will commit to the following:
Writing 3 requires at least three essays, one of which is a research paper, produced in phases (annotated bibliography, tentative abstract, thesis and outline, first draft, second draft, and so on).
To achieve the aims of the course, students will want to attend to the following general guidelines:
Presence in class is essential to learning. It's also essential to the success of the class. Accordingly, Writing 2-3 instructors agree that attendance is mandatory.
Instructors understand that illness or other obligations do arise. For this reason, students are granted up to three unexcused absences each term. If a student is seriously ill and needs to miss more than a few classes, the student will need to ask a doctor to notify the First-Year Office. The dean will contact the instructor, who will then excuse the student from class.
Please note: absences to play sports are considered unexcused and are limited to three per term.
Instructors withhold the right to fail any student who has more than three unexcused absences in a term. Instructors sometimes exercise this right, or they may choose instead to detract from the final grade on the grounds of absence.
Instructors should be notified when an absence is unavoidable. E-mail is an easy way to announce this absence and to indicate commitment to the class. Students who have a personal crisis that is interfering with their academic work will find that the instructors and the first-year deans can be very supportive.
Writing 2-3 is a two-term course. At the end of Writing 2, if the work is C- or better, a student will be awarded an "ON" (ONGOING) for fall term. The student will also receive written evaluations from the instructor and the TA that will help the student assess strengths and weaknesses in his or her writing. Early in the winter term, the instructor will call each student in for a conference to discuss this evaluation and to help the student make a plan for improvement in Writing 3. At the end of Writing 3, the student will receive a grade that will be applied retroactively to Writing 2. The student will receive credit for both terms UNLESS A GRADE OF E IS ASSIGNED.
While this is the most common scenario for Writing 2-3 students, it's important to note the following special cases:
Students will want to keep in mind that they should work hard throughout the two terms. All work done in Writing 2 - un-graded or not - counts towards the final grade in Writing 3.
Because this course is about the writing process as well as the written product, instructors consider a student's commitment to the writing process and to the class in general when they are determining the final grade.
The quality of the time spent with the TA also factors in to the final grade. Indeed, the TA confers with the instructor about grades. Students should consider the TA as participating in a teaching partnership with the instructor, and behave accordingly.
Last Updated: 7/9/08