A composition course focusing on skills required for both effective writing for various rhetorical situations and critical reading of texts. In writing, students must demonstrate competency in argumentation, and writing that is strengthened by the use of multiple textual sources.
General Learning Outcomes:
To read, understand, and interpret a broad range of written and visual texts from a variety of genres (including but not limited to nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and film).
To understand literary principles and use basic terms important to critical writing and reading.
To develop skills in all the tools necessary for effective argumentation.
To develop facility with the whole writing process from invention through revision.
To understand and employ a variety of rhetorical modes and techniques of persuasion.
To acquire reasonable mastery of conventions of college-level prose writing.
To incorporate and document additional textual materials to strengthen and support argument.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
Critical Reading and Analysis
Develop close reading skills through the analysis of textual passages.
Identify in readings the main purpose, central arguments, and cultural contexts implied by the text in relationship to the course content.
Learn to recognize recurring patterns of development and persuasion among course texts.
Writing Process and Rhetorical Objectives
Develop an understanding of varied compositional strategies for both revised writing and in-class timed writing.
Understand that the composing process is a continuous cycle of invention, drafting, and revising.
Survey and practice some of the best-known techniques of invention.
Practice techniques for analyzing specific audiences and adjusting one's style and presentation to those audiences.
Understand the fundamentals of essay organization and logical argument.
Understand persuasion as a fundamental exchange between reader and audience.
Demonstrate the writing styles appropriate to academic audiences.
Be able to recognize and generate competent thesis sentences.
Write effective introductions and conclusions.
Organize essays according to recognizable patterns.
Be able to recognize and employ standard expository modes.
Develop a logical argument advancing a particular explication or interpretation of a literary text.
Be familiar with the various methods of developing paragraphs.
Recognize and generate topic sentences where appropriate.
Employ details and examples for concrete paragraph developments.
Write coherent sentences that conform to the grammar and usage conventions of Standard Edited English.
Avoid short choppy sentences through variety of sentence structure and sentence combining abilities.
Effect a clear style of expository prose by using parallelism, clearly placed modifiers, complete predicates, logic and other devices of clear style.
Demonstrate the use of a vocabulary appropriate for freshman-level college discourse.
Use the MLA style for documenting sources.
Demonstrate the ability to use word processing and to find and evaluate electronic resources.
Assessment and Assignments:
4000 words of graded writing
No fewer than 3 out-of-class essay assignments that make use of revising opportunities
A minimum of 2 in-class essays, one of which must be 60 minutes long and count for 15% of the overall course grade.
One of the in-class essays may be given during the final exam period.
Required texts for all sections: The shared text (new text to be determined each year) and the handbook A Writer's Resource
Additional text options: A reader, a collection of individual texts, a course pack of readings