In this course, you will develop better writing skills through learning and practicing the steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing (drafting), revision, editing, and publishing.
The course focuses on the genres of writing (types of writing) that are most frequently used in college, such as expository essays and research papers. Lessons also highlight the importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and explain effective research techniques, use of sources, and citation.
The primary project, counting for 20% of your grade, is a 10 page research paper, with accompanying slide presentation (3.3% of your grade). The research paper is on a topic of your choice, preferably in the field that you are studying (nonprofit management, business, Christian ministry, or addiction counseling). The presentation is a summary of the paper and should be done in PowerPoint, LibreOffice or Google Slides.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take English Composition I.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the following genres (types) of nonfiction writing and the settings in which they would be used: expository, descriptive, narrative, argumentative (research)
- Identify the following genres of expository writing and the settings in which they would be used: analysis, cause & effect, compare/contrast, illustration/examples, process analysis
- Compose in at least the following genres of writing: exposition, narrative, literary analysis, argumentative (research)
- Explain and identify the steps involved in the writing process
- Make use of prewriting techniques to identify a subject for writing and to organize one’s thoughts about it
- Employ basic principles of rhetoric, such as writing for a particular audience and adjusting tone accordingly
- Compose a strong thesis statement
- Organize an essay into a well written form: introduction, body with supporting evidence, and conclusion
- Employ proper research techniques
- Analyze and judge the validity of the various kinds of sources used in research
- Summarize and paraphrase without plagiarizing.
- Successfully revise and edit an essay for content, style, and form
- Understand and apply principles of visual rhetoric through the creation of a presentation
- Evaluate peer essays according to a rubric
- Construct grammatically correct sentences
- Compose sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling and punctuation
Course Materials & Tuition:
|Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (2000). The Elements of Style. New York: Longman. 105 pages. ISBN 0-205-30902-X||$5.20|
|Total Cost of Course||$705.20|