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