Policies and Resources

Course Policies

 Attendance: Regular attendance is required. Credit will be given for in-class work and activities. A crucial element of the course includes participation, discussion, and in-class work. Coming late to class or leaving early on a regular basis will also accumulate and affect your grade. After one excused absence, you will lose 20 points from your attendance grade for EVERY ABSENCE.


YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS. You are also responsible for getting class notes and handouts from your classmates or from me when necessary. If you miss class when we have an in-class quiz or other graded, in-class work, you will not be able to make up those points.

Cell Phones and electronics: Turn them off; put them away; no text-messaging or etc. cell phone use during class. Put away all electronic devices for the duration of the class.

Class Cancellation Policy: Should an emergency arise that will prevent me from teaching a class, please continue with regularly scheduled assignments and check the email for further instruction. You should always check your umich email for any class-related announcements and information.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty: plagiarism, cheating, fabrication or any other form of academic misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action as described in the Code of Academic Conduct. Students should be strongly encouraged to explore the Tutorial on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism [http://webapps.umd.umich.edu/aim/]. The University=s policy on academic integrity states: The University of Michigan-Dearborn values academic honesty and integrity. Each student has a responsibility to understand, accept, and comply with the University’s standards of academic conduct as set forth by the Code of Academic Conduct, as well as policies established by the schools and colleges. Cheating, collusion, misconduct, fabrication, and plagiarism are considered serious offenses. Violations will not be tolerated and may result in penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

 Students with Disabilities:

The University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Students need to register with Disability Resource Services (DRS) every semester they are enrolled for classes. DRS is located in Counseling & Support Services, 2157 UC.  To be assured of having services when they are needed, students should register no later than the end of the add/drop deadline of each term.

Course Work, Scheduling, Grades:

Please attend class prepared to discuss the reading and homework assigned for EVERY class meeting. Discussion and participation are important elements of this course and your grade will be affected if you are not doing the reading and homework. Late assignments will not be accepted. In the case of an emergency or with prior notification, major assignments may be turned in late for a reduced grade.



*2 Creative Portfolios (poetry, fiction, essay)

including drafts, in-class writing assignments, reflection papers                  100 points (50 points each)

*Canvas Mini Assignments + Blog Reflection Posts (due by 8am on class days when assigned)   50 points

*Hand-made Book Publishing Assignment                                                         25 points

*Presentation                                                                                                           25 points

*Final electronic portfolio                                                                                       50 points

*Misc: Attendance, Participation, In-Class Work                                               100 points

350 Total Points

*Assignment sheets for Portfolios, Publishing Assignment, Presentation, E-Portfolio, and creative writing assignments (poems, stories, essays) can be found in Canvas Files. Make sure to save all hard copy and electronic documents/versions of your work over the whole semester; the Final E-Portfolio will include work that you will have accumulated from the beginning.

* No Late work will be accepted: work is due when it says it is due on the syllabus, or according to other specific instructions. All work turned in (unless written by hand in class) should be typed. The syllabus, readings, assignment, and due dates are subject to change; if you miss assignments (due to absence or otherwise) that is your responsibility.


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