Nov 27, 2021
ENGL 0900 - Foundations of College Writing Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture 5Lab None
Course Description: This composition course emphasizes foundational principles of writing, including focus, development, organization, clarity, unity, and coherence in paragraphs and brief essays. Students will practice writing as a process; thinking critically about language, especially sentences, in context; and generating documents that are understandable for audiences, including how to identify and correct common errors. Emphasis will be placed on increasing written fluency and responding to texts. Instructor-supervised use of the Writing Center, equivalent to one credit, is required for students enrolled in ENGL 0900 sections meeting fewer than five hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement into RDNG 0900 or above.
- Engaging with college-level texts
- Reading as a writer
- Evaluating claims in a text
- Evaluating strategies of support
- Explaining organizational structure
- Writing in response
- Creating unified paragraphs
- Developing paragraphs
- Creating coherence within paragraphs
- Creating varied and correct sentences
- Responding to varied assignments
- Focus / Thesis
- Support / Development
- Basic structure (beginning, middle, end)
- Integration of source material
- Navigating print culture to understand and use information
- Distinguishing student¿s words from others¿ words
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Avoiding excessive quotation
- Success Strategies
- Practicing interpreting assignments
- Using campus support such as Writing Center, ESOL Center, Reading and Student Success Center, tutors, office hours, counseling/advising
- Developing effective academic habits
- Basic Rhetoric
- Using purpose and audience to guide writing choices
- Contrasting oral culture and academic discourse
- Basic responsibilities of an academic writer
- Foundational writing skills
- Working with different types of academic questions
- Writing Process(es)
- Meeting conventions of academic discourse
- Identifying the kinds of feedback writers need
- Providing constructive criticism to other writers
- Using feedback from others to revise
- Language choices
- Grammar and usage
- Correct and varied sentences
- Major marks of punctuation
- Missing words
- Misused words
- Incorrect verb forms
- Final formatting
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- apply rhetorical principles, such as purpose, audience, and style.
- develop organized, coherent and unified paragraphs in the context of essays.
- employ a writing process to create essays in response to college-level assignments.
- employ proofreading skills to identify and correct distracting sentence-level and word-level errors in their own writing.
- engage in academic discourse.
- reflect critically on personal development of writing and editing skills.
- respond to a range of academic questions, including reflective, analytical, synthetic, and evaluative questions.
- suggest revision strategies to address obvious content problems in a draft.
- write clear, correct, effective, and varied sentences in paragraphs and essays.
- write in response to texts they read, including college-level texts, without plagiarism or excessive quotation.
- write purpose-driven essays for specific audiences.
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