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English 101 Syllabus


English 101 is the traditional first year Composition course. English 101 introduces students to the requirements of college-level expository writing. The course emphasizes the process involved in composing acceptable college-level texts. The main activities of the course are: drafting essays, revising essays, studying essays, and reviewing the elements of syntax, grammar, and style appropriate to college-level writing.

These activities aim to develop the writing skills needed for success in college and in the world after college. The course also represents an introduction to the study of literature (i.e., Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Required Texts:

Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux. Any Edition. Print.

Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. Latest Edition. Bedford. Print.

Normally, a minimum of six graded essays, three composed in class, constitute the primary factor in determining a student's final grade for the course. 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 at least some of their essays; revision grades may be incorporated into the grading system according to the faculty member's judgment.

Each of the following rhetorical modes must be taught:

Exemplification,
Comparison and Contrast,
Classification and Division,
Causal Analysis.


 

 

 

 

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