English 110

English Composition

This description is not intended to replace individual instructors' syllabi, but rather it is a general description of general, departmental goals to be achieved in the course.

I. English 110:

A. Engages students with the variety of discourses that make up expository writing (e.g., narration, causal analysis, comparison, argumentation).

B. Engages students in thesis-directed writing while encouraging them to see writing as a process-involving reading, writing, and revising-through which they discover ideas and develop those ideas into coherent sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

C. Involves students in a variety of writing situations, including those they are likely to encounter in other classes (e.g., journals, timed essays/exams, out-of-class writing), while emphasizing the value of writing beyond the university experience.

D. Enables students to engage ideas through several kinds of texts (e.g., essay, fiction, film, hypertext, poetry and drama) and uses these texts, particularly essay and fiction, as the basis for analysis, reflection, and writing. Students will read one book-length text.

E. Enables students to understand the expectation for precision in writing through explorations of style, organization, logic, rhetoric, and grammar.

F. Has each student produce a minimum of six projects. By the end of the semester, each student will have produced at least the equivalent of 15-20 typed pages (approximately 4500-6000 words) of carefully edited text.

G. Functions as a bridge course between English 100 and 112 to prepare students for English 112.

II. English 110:

A. Requires each student to complete a one-hour-per week commitment in the Writing Center, Humanities 209, to support his/her work in this course. The Writing Center staff and the instructor collaborate to establish schedules, activities, and reporting procedures for the student to meet this commitment.

B. Expects students to bring a working disk and a draft of a current writing assignment to their Writing Center hour. The Writing Center activities focus on the students' own writing and may include:

. One-on-one tutorials

. Peer response groups, facilitated by a member of the Writing Center staff

. Online schedule

. Scheduled workshops and roundtables

III. Sections of English 110 may incorporate:

. a central theme

. computer-assisted instruction

. peer workshops/reviews/collaborative writing

. faculty-student conferences

. multiple drafts or stages

. portfolios

. oral communications (e.g., group discussions, individual and/ or group presentations)

IV. The department will provide a list of core textbooks (i.e., anthologies, readers, and handbooks). Faculty members use textbooks from this list, and one selected book- length text.

V. All university and department policies will apply (e.g., individual course syllabus, stated attendance policy, non-discriminatory policy, academic integrity statement, meeting final exams).

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