English 099 Syllabus—Sample
English 098 and 099— Student Memorandum
English 099 teaches the
paragraph and the rudiments of the essay.
ENG099 should review and teach grammar and
syntax, so students will understand basic
requirements for composing college-level
expository writing. The course emphasizes
the structure and components of the
paragraph, and the course develops
competence in essays.
The course covers the
following skill areas: Various sentence
types, constructions, and structures,
paragraph structure, modifiers, verb forms,
pronouns, expanding vocabulary/diction,
punctuation, mechanics, spelling. Other
areas that need coverage will be included,
These skills should
lead to competence at writing at the
paragraph and essay levels. These activities
aim to develop the writing skills needed for
success in subsequent English Composition
courses. All ENG 099 sections must teach the
following four rhetorical modes:
ENG099 focuses on
writing competent paragraphs, narrative
compositions, and essays. Since
approximately forty percent of incoming
students are placed into ENG099,
considerable time and attention should be
paid to the standard elements of sentences
and paragraphs. This is to say that,
although lengthy narrative compositions and
the four modes essays will constitute the
basis of most coursework, faculty members
should pay considerable attention to the
problems and errors that trouble basic
writers' sentences and paragraphs.
The course also
introduces students to a historical novel, Coming
of Age in Mississippi, which should be
used to enhance the class discussions and
the content of the papers. You might want to
have students react to parts of the
autobiography in their assigned writing.
Students will need to
be taken to the Writing Lab, in the first or
second week of class. They must attend the
Lab for 13 hours a semester. Contact the Learning Resource Center to schedule your first
visit, after which students can attend at
their own schedule to perform the 13 hours.
Lincoln University Reader for 099 Latest Edition. Pearson. Print.
Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. Any Edition. Print.
Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. Latest Edition.
Writing. Normally, six
graded compositions, three composed in
class, constitute the major work in the
class, and should be the major determination
for the student's final grade for the
course. Faculty members are encouraged to
assign quizzes and exams that test students'
knowledge of mechanics, grammar, and usage.
Faculty members are encouraged to assign
additional essays. The traditional
five-paragraph essay structure, with thesis
statement, topic sentences, introductions
and conclusions, should be emphasized. The
final drafts of essays should grow out of
sentence outlines and then multiple-revision
drafts; these aspects should be treated as
discrete, sequential parts of essay
assignments. Faculty members are encouraged
to allow students to revise most of their essays; revision grades may be
incorporated into the grading system
according to the faculty member's judgment.
Portfolios for advanced
students: When a faculty member believes
that a student was "mis-placed"
(with the scores from the ACT or SAT) into
ENG 100, then the faculty member may
recommend that the student be advanced into
ENG 099 or 101. A portfolio (containing a
minimum of four graded compositions and a
letter of recommendation from the student's
professor) must be submitted to a special
committee, composed of the Writing Program
Administrator (Dr. Hoogeveen), and other
Department members. If the special committee
concurs with the faculty member's
recommendation, then the WPA will make a
recommendation to the Department Chair (Dr.
Button), who will decide if the student will