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Latin and Greek Elements in English
CLAS/HIST 1120 ()
M 5:15-7:45
DE 211

Mark Damen (mark.damen@usu.edu)
Main 307
Office Hours: MWF 1:30-2:30; and by appt.

Text. Donald M. Ayers, English Words from Latin and Greek Elements (2nd ed.)

Purpose. The purpose of this class is:

to build vocabulary through knowledge of Latin and Greek word roots;
to gain understanding of the historical development of English and related languages;
to improve general awareness of English words and spelling;
to learn to use the dictionary more fully and effectively;
to make you rich and famous because you can use big words to talk your way into or out of anything and to see if you read this far in the syllabus.

Grades. Five quizzes and two tests comprise the final grade in this class:

5 Quizzes (100 points each) 500 points
1 Midterm (Test #1) 200 points
1 Final (Test #2) 300 points
TOTAL 1000 points

Grades will be assigned on a standard percentage curve (1000-900 A; 900-800 B; 800-700 C; 700-600 D; below 600 F). A plus sign (+) will added to grades in the top 20% of a grade range (i.e., 900-880 B+; 800-780 C+; 700-680 D+), and a minus sign (-) to grades in the bottom 20% (i.e., 920-900 A-; 820-800 B-; 720-700 C-). All tests and quizzes are cumulative, although quizzes will generally focus on newly acquired material. Missed tests and quizzes will count as zeroes. Make-ups will be given only (1) with proof of a valid excuse, (2) with prior notification and (3) on the condition that the test/quiz is made up within a week of the original test/quiz date. Homework should be done independently; after all, that's the way you will be doing your tests. Incompletes will not normally be given. To ensure the accuracy of record-keeping, students are strongly encouraged to keep all graded work. No finals will be given before or after the scheduled time (see Syllabus). The History Office cannot release grades or return work. Please do not ask the secretaries in the History Office for materials or grades!

Recitations. Each week students will have the opportunity for targeted review and exercise with course materials outside of class time. These guided study sessions (also called recitations) will be scheduled at a time or times convenient for the majority of the class but we cannot guarantee that all students will be able to make it to both or either session, only that we will do the best we can to accommodate these time/s to the needs and schedules of as many students as possible. During these sessions students will be able to earn bonus credit toward their final grade by performing well on a brief quiz administered at the end of each session. Students who cannot stay through to the end or cannot make it to the session at all will not have the chance to earn this bonus credit.

Study Habits. Because this is a class that requires a good deal of memorization, it is imperative that you keep up with assignments. Cramming leads directly to failure. See me immediately if you are having troubles staying up with the class. I am ready and willing to help you, but I can do nothing if you do not come to me first. Use your tax dollars wisely and seek my assistance if you think I can help.

Academic Integrity. For matters relating to Academic Integrity (cheating, plagiarism and the unlikeable like), please see Article VI of the Student Code. Academic dishonesty in any form will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. Do your own work.

Students with ADA-documented physical, sensory, emotional or medical impairments may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. Veterans may also be eligible for services. All accommodations are coordinated through the Disability Resource Center (DRC) in Room 101 of the University Inn, (435)797-2444 voice, (435)797-0740 TTY, (435)797-2444 VP, or toll free at 1-800-259-2966. Please contact the DRC as early in the semester as possible. Alternate format materials (Braille, large print or digital) are available with advance notice.

All of this is subject to change. Students are responsible for keeping up to date with all alterations in scheduling, deadlines and assignments announced in class, on this web site or via email.

last updated on 2-nov-16