English Composition I - Free Trial

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Course Number: ENG101
Course Duration 7 Days
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In English Composition I, students learn how to develop better writing skills by identifying and understanding the steps involved in the writing process.

The online English composition course examines five fundamental types of writing: compare and contrast, argumentative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. Lessons highlight the importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and explain effective research techniques, editing, and revision.

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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.
Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives
1 Proper Grammar: Friend or Foe?
  • The Most Common Grammatical Errors
  • Correcting Sentence Fragments
  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Use of Jargon in Essays
  • Identify the common grammatical errors and apply the rules of correction to edit effectively.
  • Apply the rules of correcting sentence fragments when editing an essay to eliminate them.
  • Apply the rules of subject/verb agreement when editing an essay to eliminate agreement errors.
  • Add to the understanding and use of a basic vocabulary of literary items.
2 Punctuation and Spelling: The Finer Points
  • The Comma
  • The Apostrophe and Quotation Marks
  • Other Types of Punctuation
  • Improve Your Spelling
  • Demonstrate how effectively to use commas.
  • Effectively use apostrophes and quotation marks.
  • Employ the correct use of other types of punctuation.
  • Identify common errors in spelling and apply various strategies to eliminate spelling errors.
3 The Writing Process: You Can Do It!
  • Define Composition
  • Roadblocks to Effective Writing
  • Audience and Purpose
  • The Reading and Writing Link
  • Develop topic sentences that clearly support the thesis and the essay.
  • Identify the audience and purpose before beginning the process of writing an essay.
  • Explain and demonstrate the direct link between successful writing and comprehensive reading.
  • Explain the standard process involved in writing an essay.
4 Thesis Statements: What's the Point?
  • Weak Versus Strong Thesis Statements
  • Importance of Thesis Statements
  • Supporting Your Thesis Statement
  • Structure an essay using a strong beginning, middle, and end.
  • Select and narrow an essay topic and formulate a strong, effective thesis statement.
  • Organize the supporting details and specific evidence in the essay.

Research Paper Objective:

  • Develop a strong thesis statement for the research paper project.
5

Writing a Good Paragraph

& Researching Your Topic: Half the Battle!

  • The Introduction
  • Body of Work and Detail
  • The Conclusion
  • Utilizing Good Research Skills
  • Your Local Library
  • Proper Internet Research
  • Other Means of Research
  • Show appropriate development of the essay and the thesis using sentence variety and specific, coherent, relevant, and interesting details.
  • Make good use of topic sentences, transitions, and concluding statements within the essay.
  • Develop and compose a strong introductory paragraph.
  • Develop and compose a strong concluding paragraph.
  • Utilize proper researching and note-taking techniques for the research paper project.
  • Effectively research a topic in the library and online.
  • Evaluate sources on a given topic.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining integrity while researching.
  • Write a summary for the research paper project.
6 Popular Types of Writing: Who Knew?
  • Compare/Contrast Technique of Writing
  • Persuasive Technique of Writing
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Write a paragraph or essay using the comparison/contrast method.
  • Write a paragraph or essay demonstrating the use of persuasion as a writing strategy.
  • Develop skills in the use of the following strategy: descriptive writing.
7 Types of Readings: Can This Really Influence my Writing?
  • Narrative Writings
  • Non-Fiction Writings
  • Writing Using Analogy
  • Analyze and explain the link between comprehensive reading and successful writing.
  • Apply critical thinking to reading and writing.
  • Differentiate among the different types of analogies and use them in a narrative paragraph.

Research Paper Objective:

  • Develop an outline for the research paper project.
8 Analysis of Reading and Writing: Now What?
  • Comprehension of the Subject Matter
  • Retaining the Subject Matter
  • Forming Opinions
  • Real-World Application
  • Understand main ideas of a text used to write a research paper with an awareness of audience and purpose.
  • Interact with and summarize the text effectively.
  • Evaluate the text using critical and analytical skills to identify common logical fallacies.
  • Effectively write the first draft of an essay with an awareness of audience and purpose.
9 Using Evidence and Reference Materials Properly: Give Credit Where It's Due!
  • How Evidence Adds Legitimacy to an Essay
  • Proper Use of Citations
  • Plagiarism
  • Explain the importance of quality evidence in essay writing.
  • Write an essay following proper standard MLA guidelines.
  • Demonstrate the importance of maintaining integrity while researching and writing an essay or a longer paper.

Research Paper Objective:

  • Create a Works Cited page for the research paper project using MLA format.
10 The Process of Revising and Editing: You're Almost There!
  • The Revision Process
  • Revising Sentences
  • Revising Word Choices
  • The Editing Process
  • Revise your essay to ensure appropriate development of the essay with specific attention to cohesion, support, and organization.
  • Revise the first draft to include varied, interesting, and accurate sentences.
  • Edit and proofread the first draft to eliminate grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.

Research Paper Objective:

  • Apply revision, editing, and proofreading techniques to rough draft of research paper project.
11 Checking Your Final Essay: You've Come This Far!
  • Strong Thesis
  • Development of Ideas
  • Proper Grammar
  • Check that the final draft contains a strong, well-written thesis statement that is directly linked with the main point of the essay.
  • Check that the final draft demonstrates clear organization, strong development through the use of a variety of sentence types, smooth transitions, and proper citing techniques.
  • Edit to ensure the final draft is free of grammatical and spelling errors.

Research Paper Objective:

  • Review your research paper to ensure it is ready for submission and grading.
12 Submission of the Final Draft of the Research Paper and Final Review
  • Review

Research Paper Objective:

  • Turn in research paper project.

There are no prerequisites to take English Composition I.

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The seventh edition of John Langan's College Writing Skills focuses on the essay using Langan's renowned clear writing style, as well as his wide range of writing assignments and activities that reinforce the four bases of effective writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. For this new edition, John Langan has added a variety of fresh elements to his proven approach.

Langan, John. College Writing Skills, 7th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2008. ISBN 9780073384092

This course follows the research guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA). These guidelines were most recently revised in 2003 in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.). A summary of these guidelines is provided in the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

All required assignments (even those that are ungraded) must be submitted in order to be issued a transcript.

There are a total of 1000 points in the course:

Topic Assessment Points Available
A1 Graded Quiz: Plagiarism 10
1 Graded Quiz: Transitions 30
1 Graded Quiz: The Kris Chronicles, Part 2: Banana Bread Brainstorm 60
2 Graded Quiz: Good Word Choices Positively Affect Your Writing...Or Is it Effect? 30
2 Graded Quiz: Homonyms 40
2 Graded Quiz: Grammar at Dinner 75
2 Graded Quiz: Grammar and Punctuation 100
3 Graded Quiz: Writing to Your Audience 90
4 Writing Assignment: Fable Narrative 10
5 Writing Assignment: Final Draft of the Descriptive Paragraph 10
5 Graded Quiz: Building a Better Paragraph 15
5 Graded Quiz: Website Validity 20
5 Writing Assignment: Summary Exercise 20
6 Writing Assignment: Final Draft of the Comparison/Contrast Writing Assignment 50
7 Writing Assignment: Final Draft of the Personal Narrative Writing Assignment 40
8 Graded Quiz: Text Analysis 30
8 Graded Quiz: A Different Look at the Mail 30
8 Writing Assignment: Final Draft of the Persuasive Writing Assignment 50
9 Graded Quiz: Works Cited 30
9 Writing Assignment: Final Draft of the Argumentative Writing Assignment 100
9 Writing Assignment: Research Draft 20
10 Graded Quiz: Different Perspectives 20
10 Final Graded Quiz: Be an Editor 30
Review Writing Assignment: Final Draft of the Research Writing Assignment 100
Total 1000

In English Composition I, students learn how to develop better writing skills by identifying and understanding the steps involved in the writing process.

The online English composition course examines five fundamental types of writing: compare and contrast, argumentative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. Lessons highlight the importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and explain effective research techniques, editing, and revision.

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