English Composition I

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Course Number: ENG101
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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-all in this one online English course.

The online English composition course examines five fundamental types of writing: compare and contrast, argumentative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. Lessons in this online English course also 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, summary, and research.
  • Employ proper research techniques.
  • Analyze and judge the validity of the various kinds of reading materials.
  • Correctly use MLA citation style.
  • 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 Course Introduction
  • Review the Course 
  • Review Academic Honesty Policy 
  • Assess understanding of plagiarism and academic honesty 
2 Getting Started
  • Set an Intention
3 Writing Assignment 1 - The Personal Narrative
  • Telling a story
  • Story Format
  • Story development
  • Transitions
  • Character Description
  • Sensory Details/Imagery
  • Dialogue
  • Review and engage content as necessary 
  • Draft and edit the Personal Narrative 
  • Participate in optional draft review through reader review, tutoring and the writing center 
  • Submit your Personal Narrative for evaluation
4 Writing Assignment 2 - The Persuasive Letter
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Rhetorical situation
  • Thesis/Claim development
  • Language/Audience/Tone
  • Appeals: Logos, pathos, ethos
  • Persuasive v Argument writing
  • Organization
  • Topic sentences
  • Review and engage content as necessary 
  • Draft and edit the Persuasive Letter
  • Participate in optional draft review through reader review, tutoring and the writing center 
  • Submit your Persuasive Letter for evaluation
5 Writing Assignment 3 - The Compare/Contrast Essay
  • Exploratory writing
  • Thesis/Claim development
  • Research/Evidence
  • Compare/contrast signal phrases
  • Utilizing credible sources
  • MLA style and formatting
  • Review and engage content as necessary 
  • Draft and edit the Compare/Contrast Essay 
  • Participate in optional draft review through reader review, tutoring and the writing center
  • Submit your Compare/Contrast Essay for evaluation
6 Writing Assignment 4 - The Argumentative Essay
  • Taking a position
  • Analysis
  • Policy claim/Support points
  • Counterargument
  • Rebuttal
  • Organizational structure
  • Scholarly evidence
  • MLA style and formatting
  • Review and engage content as necessary 
  • Draft and edit the Argumentative Essay 
  • Participate in optional draft review through reader review, tutoring and the writing center 
  • Submit your Argumentative Essay for evaluation
7 Course Wrap-Up
  • Analyze course intention
  • Final Self-Assessment

There are no prerequisites to take English Composition I.

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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
1 Graded Exercise: Academic Honesty Quiz 40
2 Graded Exercise: Setting an Intention Activity 20
3 Writing Assignment: The Personal Narrative 225
4 Writing Assignment: The Persuasive Letter 225
5 Writing Assignment: The Compare/Contrast Essay 225
6 Writing Assignment: The Argumentative Essay 225
7 Graded Exercise: Revisiting Your Intention 20
7 Graded Exercise: Final Self-Assessment 20
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-all in this one online English course.

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

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