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PARTICIPATION: Since participation is crucial to your success, you should not miss more than one class. I do not differentiate between excused and unexcused absences. If you come unprepared to class, you are not present; “coming unprepared” includes such things as not doing the reading, not bringing the text to class, sleeping during class, not making an effort to participate, arriving late or leaving early. If you know you cannot attend, contact me before to ask about homework; I do not accept late assignments.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION: If you have a learning, sensory, or physical reason for special accommodation in this class, inform me and the Office of Special Services at 718-997-5895.

Violations of academic integrity include: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of what constitutes academic dishonesty; students who are unsure of whether their work meets criteria for academic integrity should consult with their instructor. Students should look at the full policy, which provides further examples and possible consequences for incidences of academic dishonesty.

I have a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism and academic dishonesty. The minimum punishment for plagiarism is an F as a final grade and being reported to the campus officer.


  • Three Reading Responses (blog posts): 25 points
  • Presentation of Reading Responses to class: 10 points
  • Weekly responses to blog posts: 20 points
  • Literacy Narrative: 15 points
  • Conference Proposal: 15 points
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy: 15 points
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