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For placement issues and questions, please contact the Program in Writing and Rhetoric: (631) 632-7390
1. Why do we work all semester on many papers and end up being evaluated on only a
2. Why do other 102 teachers read a random sample of portfolios at the end of the semester?
3. Why can’t our teachers decide by themselves what we should be doing in class?
4. How can there be consistency in grading?
At the end of the semester you will select—with your teacher’s help—several pieces of writing for your portfolio and an in-class essay. The papers must have been written as part of the course, and teachers must have seen earlier drafts of each portfolio piece. No new pieces on new topics submitted at the last moment will be accepted. In order to get a C or higher in the course, these papers must meet program expectations in four key areas: Reasoning and Analysis, Rhetorical Organization and Paragraphing, Task and Audience Awareness, and Grammar and Punctuation. (You must repeat the course if you do not get a C or higher.)
IMPORTANT: You are not guaranteed a C if these portfolio papers pass; your grade is based on all your work plus other factors such as missing classes or missing deadlines, lateness and so
In order for the faculty in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric to maintain a standard of excellence in its teaching and grading policies, the faculty will also select a substantial random sample of all portfolios submitted to be used for program-assessment purposes at the end of the semester. Portfolios will be returned to students no later than the week of final exams.
I. Completing the WRT 102 Portfolio
Check this end-of-semester checklist for details of what must be demonstrated in the portfolio.
• Reasoning and Analysis
Competent analysis of writer’s own ideas and source material: Writer signals engagement, questioning, or nuanced relationship with her or his thoughts and the materials being incorporated into her or his argument. The essay communicates an ability to interact with ideas, but it lacks the sophistication of a more mature writer.
• Task and Audience Awareness
Competent knowledge of the conventions of the academic essay: Writer shows some ability to use content (e.g., quotes, examples, hypotheticals), diction, and tone to engage an academic audience with a plausible argument appropriate to an academic audience. Essay’s form of presentation fits with task.
• Rhetorical Organization and Paragraphing
Competent knowledge of rhetorical organization and paragraphing: Thesis drives flow of essay, though content may on occasion wander from its focus. Paragraphs are usually clear and unified. Evidence within paragraphs usually links to the main idea, and paragraphs have adequate detail. Transitions usually operate as simple signposts to link ideas, so the writer’s ability to use them is not sophisticated.
• Grammar and Punctuation
Competent ability with sentence structure, sentence boundaries, and language usage (especially punctuating clauses and using correct verb forms). Sentences are clear and syntactically correct but may lack variety and suffer from wordiness or imprecise diction. Errors are infrequent and do not interfere with reader’s understanding or attention. Formatting of references usually fit with assigned style.
Questions About Portfolio Evaluation in WRT 102
These pieces are supposed to be representative of all your writing in the class. That is why we require that they be different kinds of writing. Your instructor has the option of not passing you if he or she thinks that the pieces in the portfolio do not represent the rest of the writing you have done in class. That is, if your other writing in the class is poor and you have not revised these with as much care as your portfolio pieces, your instructor can give you a U. And once your portfolio passes, your instructor is the one who decides on your class grade.
In the “real” world, the only sorts of writing that are done for just one person are probably letters and love notes! It is only in school that other sorts of writing are done for one reader: your instructor. We believe that reading essays by students we have not personally coached in writing and revision during the semester helps us clarify the standards we uphold in our own classes. This calibration process allows us to view our own students’ essays with fresh eyes and a clearer sense of the program expectations in the four key areas. The reading process also promotes dialogue about student writing and the best practices to improve our own teaching.
As you know, WRT 101 and WRT 102 are the only classes required of virtually every student at Stony Brook (except for transfer students who have taken an equivalent course at another school and a few freshmen who score 5 on the placement test). Because of this, the University believes that we must establish some sort of consistency in curriculum and evaluation. Asking for certain genres in the portfolio and following a grading rubric establishes consistency in curriculum and overall instruction.
All those teaching for the first time in our program must attend a graduate teaching practicum in which they discuss assignments and writing standards every week. In addition, we schedule meetings every semester for all instructors where we all read and judge the same papers and talk about why we have reached the judgments we have. Individual judgments will always vary somewhat; we really do not want instructors who all think alike. Still, our meetings give us the opportunity to share judgments and learn from one another.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Program in Writing and Rhetoric?
- Where is my class?
- Where is my teacher's office?
How do I register for a WRT course?
- Why was I dropped from my WRT course?
How do I drop a course?
How do I add a course?
- Can my instructor sign me into his course?
- Which classes have openings?
- Can I be put on a waiting list?
- Who is my instructor?
- What are my instructor's office hours?
- How can I contact my instructor?
- What if I do not have any previous writing experience, or if I do not have a Writing Placement?
Where is the Program in Writing and Rhetoric?
We are in Humanities 2005. Call us at (631) 632-7390.
Check your course listing in SOLAR or consult the bulletin board outside Humanities 2005.
Consult the bulletin board outside Humanities 2005.
- Make sure you are allowed to enroll (check your enrollment appointment date)
- Check to see if you have reached your maximum credit allowance - credit limit increases
to 19 on
January 24, 2014
- Check for possible time conflicts in your schedule
- Three or more attempts of WRT 101 or WRT 102 requires a petition from Academic Advising
and a permission letter from the Writing Program before you can register
- Does the course have a reserve on it?
- Be sure that you have fulfilled the Prerequisities for the course you are trying to
Prerequisites for 101: students who do not meet the prerequisites for WRT 102 or who do not qualify for enrollment in ESL courses must take WRT 101
Anti-Requisite for 101: students may only take WRT 101 when not enrolled for an ESL course or when their Writing Placement Exam Level score is 3 or higher
Prerequisites for 102: WRT 101; or 1050 or higher on the combined verbal and writing portions of the SAT I; or an ACT Writing score of 24 or greater; or higher in a college level writing course judged equivalent to WRT 100 or WRT 101
If you do not attend the first week of classes, you will automatically be dropped from your WRT course. If you are dropped for any other reason, please contact the main office at (631)632-7390.
What if the writing section I want is full?
If you are trying to register for a section that is full, you can place yourself on the waitlist for that section.
The waitlist maximum is 5 students per course
Waitlists close after the first week of classes
Reminder: Students, who place themselves on a waitlist and change their intent to register, MUST BE DROPPED FROM THE WAITLIST. If students are registered from the waitlist, students are responsible for any tuition liability
Once on a waitlist, is is strongly recommended that you attend the first week of classes for the desired section.
Waitlists will automatically enroll you if a seat becomes available, so please check SOLAR for e-mail notifications
If you are not enrolled from the waitlist, then all available seats are being used. We recommend that you search for alternate course offerings.
NO. The instructors do not keep waitlists. You can place yourself on a waitlist via SOLAR.
The only way for you to determine this is to come to participate in the Add/Drop process through the SOLAR System. Enrollments will constantly change as Adds/Drops take place throughout the day.
YES. You can place yourself on a waitlist via SOLAR.
Check the course listing on SOLAR or see the bulletin board outside the Program Office (Humanities 2005).
Check the syllabus, consult your instructor's office sign, or call the Program Office (631)632-7390.
You can find out his/her address in the campus directory. Most instructors can also be e-mailed through their @stonybrook.edu email addresses. You can also call the department main office at (631) 632-7390 and leave a message for your instructor.
- If you currently have not taken any WRT courses, or if you do not have a writing placement
score recorded on your transcript, then you must take the Writing Placement Exam.
- You may only take the exam
- The exam takes 30-45 minutes to complete.
- The exam can be taken in the Main Writing Office (Humanities 2005) anytime between
Monday and Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM.
- No appointment is necessary.
- You may only take the exam once.
Annual Essay Contest for WRT 102
To participate students must be enrolled in WRT 102 during either the Fall or Spring semesters (or Summer term) of a given calendar year. All papers prepared for the WRT102 portfolio are eligible for submission and a student can submit as many as three papers, one in each category. The deadline for submission will be January 31, 2014.
Judging is based on the quality and effectiveness of the writing. Depending on the number of applicants, one winner may be chosen in each of the following categories: Best WRT 102 Analytic Essay, Best WRT 102 Researched Essay, and Best WRT 102 Informal Paper. Winners will receive a monetary award of $100.00. (Subject to Federal and State income taxes)
To submit an essay for consideration, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line "2014 Essay Contest Submission". Please attach the essay file to the email, and include the following information:
- Title of your paper
- Category of your paper: Analytic Essay, Researched Essay, or Informal Paper
- Your WRT instructor's name
- Your name
- Your SBU ID#
- Your preferred email address, phone number, and mailing address
If submitting multiple papers, you should send a separate email/form for each. By submitting your essay, you are certifying that the paper included is your own work.
WRT 102 - First Place Informal Essay
Rebekkah Karp: "My First Time"
Nicole Casson: "Copyright and Copywrong"
WRT 102 - First Place Researched Essay
Brian Mazeski: "Generation Disbelief: Why Society Didn’t Know or Believe Smoking Was Harmful"