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English Composition I Syllabus

English Composition I Syllabus

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This course helps students develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the steps involved in the writing process.

Five types of writing are examined-compare/contrast, argumentative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. The importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted.

Students also learn research techniques, as well as how to edit and revise their work.

SMARTHINKING writing professionals will carefully review and provide personal feedback to students for 5 graded essays and 7 essay drafts. Find out more about the course here: http://straighterline.com/courses/descriptions/english-composition-1/
This course helps students develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the steps involved in the writing process.

Five types of writing are examined-compare/contrast, argumentative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. The importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted.

Students also learn research techniques, as well as how to edit and revise their work.

SMARTHINKING writing professionals will carefully review and provide personal feedback to students for 5 graded essays and 7 essay drafts. Find out more about the course here: http://straighterline.com/courses/descriptions/english-composition-1/

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English Composition I
Course Text
Langan, John.
College Writing Skills
, 7th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2008. ISBN 978-0-07-338409-2.
Course Description
This course helps students develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the stepsinvolved in the writing process. Six types of writing are examined: argumentative,compare/contrast, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and summary. The importance of propergrammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted, as emphasis is placed on editing and revisingpieces of writing. Students also learn proper research techniques, utilizing the Modern LanguageAssociation (MLA) style.
Course Objectives
After completing this course, students will be able to:
 
Explain and identify the steps involved in the writing process.
 
Compose a strong thesis statement.
 
Organize an essay into a well written introduction, body, and conclusion.
 
Evaluate the different types of fictional and non-fictional readings.
 
Successfully identify and apply the use of analogy.
 
Identify and compose the following types of writing: argumentative, compare/contrast,descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and summary.
 
Employ proper research techniques.
 
Analyze and judge the validity of the various kinds of reading materials.
 
Correctly use the MLA style of citing.
 
Summarize and paraphrase without plagiarizing.
 
Successfully revise and edit all aspects of an essay.
 
Construct grammatically correct sentences.
 
Compose sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling and punctuation.
Course Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites to take English Composition.
MLA Research Guidelines
This course follows the research guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA). Theseguidelines were most recently revised in 2003 in the
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
 (6
th
ed.). A summary of these guidelines is provided in theSMARTHINKING Writer's Handbook.
Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is expected of all students.
 
 
To reflect academic honesty, students must:
 
Submit only their own work.
 
Use quotations and citations to indicate words taken from another source.
 
Cite instances of paraphrasing (rewording) information.
 
Cite ideas or examples that are not general knowledge.
Important Terms
In this course, different terms are used to designate tasks:
 
Assignment: A written piece that will be submitted to SMARTHINKING for a grade when thefinal draft is complete.
 
Practice Exercise: A non-graded quiz or writing piece that provides practice using skillsdiscussed in a topic.
 
Graded Quiz: A graded online assessment.
 
Project: A process spanning multiple topics that results in a written essay.
Writing Submissions
Writing exercises and assignments may only be submitted as .
doc, .docx, .rtf 
, or .
txt
files.Macintosh users should add an extension (.
doc
or .
rtf 
) to the file name before uploading. If youhave questions on saving files, please contact support@smarthinking.com.
Course Evaluation Criteria
 
StraighterLine does not apply letter grades. Students earn a score as a percentage of 100%. Apassing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for thiscourse, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will beconsidered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.There are a total of 
290
points in the course:
Topic Assessment Points Available
1 Graded Quiz: Transitions 101 Graded Quiz: The Kris Chronicles, Part 2:Banana Bread Brainstorm202 Graded Quiz: Good Word Choices Positively Affect YourWriting...Or Is it Effect?102 Graded Quiz: Homonyms 152 Graded Quiz: Grammar at Dinner 222 Graded Quiz: Cover Letter 23 Graded Quiz: Writing to Your Audience 305 Descriptive Writing Assignment 215 Graded Quiz: Building a Better Paragraph 55 Graded Quiz: Website Validity 66 Comparison/Contrast Writing Assignment 217 Personal Narrative Writing Assignment 218 Graded Quiz: Text Analysis 108 Graded Quiz: A Different Look at the Mail 88 Persuasive Writing Assignment 219 Graded Quiz: Works Cited 109 Argumentative Writing Assignment 2110 Graded Quiz: Different Perspectives 610 Graded Quiz: Be an Editor 10Review Research Writing Assignment 21
 
 
Course Topics and Objectives
Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives
1
 
Proper Grammar:Friend or Foe?
 
The Most CommonGrammatical Errors
 
Correcting SentenceFragments
 
Subject VerbAgreement
 
Use of Jargon inEssays
 
Identify the common grammaticalerrors and apply the rules of correction to edit effectively.
 
Apply the rules of correctingsentence fragments when editing anessay to eliminate them.
 
Apply the rules of subject/verbagreement when editing an essay toeliminate agreement errors.
 
Add to the understanding and use of a basic vocabulary of literary items.2
 
Punctuation andSpelling: TheFiner Points
 
The Comma
 
The Apostrophe andQuotation Marks
 
Other Types of Punctuation
 
Improve YourSpelling
 
Demonstrate how effectively to usecommas.
 
Effectively use apostrophes andquotation marks.
 
Employ the correct use of othertypes of punctuation.
 
Identify common errors in spellingand apply various strategies toeliminate spelling errors.3
 
The WritingProcess: You CanDo It!
 
Define Composition
 
Roadblocks toEffective Writing
 
Audience andPurpose
 
The Reading andWriting Link
 
Develop topic sentences that clearlysupport the thesis and the essay.
 
Identify the audience and purposebefore beginning the process of writing an essay.
 
Explain and demonstrate the directlink between successful writing andcomprehensive reading.
 
Explain the standard processinvolved in writing an essay.4
 
ThesisStatements:What’s the Point?
 
Weak Versus StrongThesis Statements
 
Importance of ThesisStatements
 
Supporting YourThesis Statement
 
Structure an essay using a strongbeginning, middle, and end.
 
Select and narrow an essay topicand formulate a strong, effectivethesis statement.
 
Organize the supporting details andspecific evidence in the essay.
Research Paper Objective:
 
Develop a strong thesis statementfor the research paper project.5
 
Writing a Good
 
The Introduction
 
Body of Work and
 
Show appropriate development of the essay and the thesis using

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