Freshman Composition

Dr. V. Henderson
Composition Committee Chair
225-771-2870


FRESHMAN COMPOSITION COURSE SYLLABI:
ENGLISH 110, 111


FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 110

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

I.  CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  (Credit, 3 Hours ).  Emphasis on writing as a learning, thinking process.  Discussion of and practice in strategies used in prewriting, writing, and revising expressive, informative, analytical, and argumentative essays.  Special sections designated for Honors students (ENGL 110 Honors).

 

Instructor’s Emphasis:  English 110 is a freshman-level course designed to teach students to write the five-paragraph essay utilizing standard English.  The instructor will introduce students to the writing process and give extended practice in the development of each stage with special emphasis on revising and editing.  To achieve this end, the instructor will assign essays following designated methods of development.

 

II.  LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of each mode of writing – description, narration, illustration, process analysis, and definition – by structuring multi-paragraph essays.

 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to write essays by supporting the thesis statement with well-developed body paragraphs consisting of examples, facts, reasons, incidents, and specific details.

 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics by editing their essays.

 

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use computer technology by obtaining assignments, participating in course activities, editing essays, managing course information, submitting word processed final drafts, and using tutor assisted software.

 

III.  REQUIRED TEXTS (Current Editions):

McWhorter, Kathleen.  Reflections: Patterns for Reading and Writing

Reference Text:  A Pocket Style Manual  Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers.  

A college level dictionary

Other readings at the instructor’s discretion

 

IV.  SPECIFIC CHAPTERS FROM Reflections: Patterns for Reading and Writing:

         

PART I           SKILLS FOR SUCCESS IN READING AND WRITING

     Chapter 1 – Strategies for College Success

                        Manage Your Time

                        Organize a Reading, Writing, and Study Area

                        Develop Concentration Skills

                        Manage Stress                      

      Chapter 2 –Active Reading

                        Strategies for Active Reading

                        Before Reading: Previewing and Forming Pre-reading Questions

                        Reading for Meaning: The Thesis Statement and Key Elements of

                                                         Paragraphs

                        Highlighting and Annotating

                        Specialized Reading Strategies

                        After Reading: Reviewing the Material

     Chapter 3 – Critical Reading and Thinking Strategies

                        What is Critical Thinking?

                        Strategies for Analyzing What You Read

                        Strategies for Evaluating What You Read

                        Analyzing and Evaluating Visual Aids

                        Responding to Texts and Visual Aids with Journals and Response

                             Papers           

     Chapter 4 –Prewriting: How to Find and Focus Ideas

                        Choosing a Topic

                        Narrowing a Topic

                        Thinking about Your Purpose, Audience, and Point of View

                        Discovering Ideas to Write About

                        Students Write

     Chapter 5 – Developing and Supporting a Thesis

                        What Is a Thesis Statement?

                        Supporting Your Thesis Statement with Evidence

                        Students Write

     Chapter 6 – Writing Effective Paragraphs

                        The Structure of a Paragraph

                        Writing a Topic Sentence

                        Including Supporting Details

                        Using Transitions and Repetition

                        Students Write

     Chapter 7 – Drafting and Essay

                        The Structure of an Essay

                        Organizing Your Supporting Details

                        Writing a Draft

                        Using Transitions and Repetition to Connect Your Ideas

                        Writing Your Introduction, Conclusion, and Title

                        Students Write

     Chapter 8 – Revising Content and Organization

                       Useful Techniques for Revision

                       Key Questions for Revision

                       Working with Classmates to Revise Your Essay

                       Using Your Instructor’s Comments

                       Editing and Proofreading

                       Students Write

 

PART II   READINGS FOR WRITERS

     Chapter 9 – Patterns: An Introduction

                        An Overview of Patterns

                        Combining Patterns

                        Writing an Essay That Combines Patterns

                        Guidelines for Using Chapters 10-16

     Chapter 10 – Narration: Recounting Events

                        What is Narration?

                        The Structure and Content of Narration Essays

                        Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Narration Essays

                        Writing Your Own Narration Essay

                        Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

                        Working with Narration as a Reader and Writer

     Chapter 11 – Description: Portraying People, Places, and Things

                        What is Description?

                        The Structure and Content of Description Essays

                        Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Description Essays

                        Writing Your Own Description Essay

                        Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

    Chapter 12 – Illustration: Explaining with Examples

                        What is Illustration?

                        The Structure and Content of Illustration Essays

                        Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Illustration Essays

                        Writing Your Own Illustration Essay

                        Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing                           

     Chapter 13 – Process Analysis: Explaining How Something Works or Is Done

                       What Is Process Analysis?

                       The Structure and Content of Process Analysis Essays

                       Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Process Analysis Essays

                       Writing Your Own Process Analysis Essay

                       Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

      Chapter 16 – Definition:  Explaining What You Mean

                      What is Definition?

                      The Structure and Content of a Definition Essay

                      Understanding, Analyzing, and Evaluating Definition Essays

                      Writing Your Own Definition Essay

                      Readings for Practice, Ideas for Writing

                      Working with Definition as a Reader and Writer

 

V.  DESCRIPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURE:

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Peer Interaction
  4. Conferencing
  5. Computer-Assisted Instruction
  6. Audio Visual Aids

 

VI.  COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Attend class regularly and punctually.
  2. Bring the required text(s) to class each meeting.
  3. Be prepared to discuss all assigned readings.
  4. Participate in class discussions.
  5. Submit on due dates final drafts according to the instructor’s directions.
  6. Use instructors’ conferences, the Communication Skills Laboratory, the Electronics Writing Laboratory or assigned websites for tutoring.

 

VII.  COURSE SCHEDULE:

Course Introduction and Diagnostic Essay………………………………………………One Week

The Writing Process…………………………………………………………………………Two Weeks

The Narration Essay…………………………………………………………………………Two Weeks

The Description Essay ……………………………………………………………………. Two Weeks

The Illustration Essay……………………………………………………………………….Two Weeks

The Process Analysis Essay…………………………………………………………….Three Weeks

The Definition Essay………………………………………………………………………Three Weeks

 

VIII.    EVALUATION

In addition to required essays and mandatory mid-term and final examinations, instructors will give quizzes (announced or unannounced).  Individual instructors may have additional requirements.

IX.       GRADING

Letter grades will be used in the evaluation of each of the assigned papers, readings, quizzes, various examinations and activities.  If a numerical grade is given, it will be converted to a letter grade as follows:

 

90 – 100%      A

80 – 89%        B

70 – 79%        C

60 – 69%        D

00 – 59%        F

 

 

FRESHMAN COMPOSITION 111

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

I.  CATALOG DESCRIPTION: (Credit, 3 Hours).  FRESHMAN COMPOSITION II (Credit, 3 hours each). Emphasis on writing as a learning and thinking process. Discussion of and practice in strategies used in prewriting, writing, and revising expressive, informative, analytical, and argumentative essays. Research methodology and the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) are also included. Special sections designated for honors students.

 

Note: The Writing Proficiency Exam will be facilitated during the second to the last week of English 111. 

 

Instructor’s Emphasis:  English 111 is an advanced freshman level course that will teach students to write multi-paragraph essays utilizing standard English.  These expository essays will clearly state, logically develop, and adequately support one idea.  Strategies learned in English 110 in prewriting, writing, and revising essays will be reemphasized.  Special sessions will be devoted to writing a documented paper.

 

II.  LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of each mode of writing- classification and division, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and argumentation and persuasion - by structuring multi-paragraph essays.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to write essays by supporting the thesis statement with well-developed body paragraphs consisting of examples, facts, reasons, incidents, and specific details.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics by editing their essays.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to do research by writing a documented essay.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the Modern Language Association (MLA) system of citation by supporting a thesis, citing sources and avoiding plagiarism, and integrating quotations and other source material in a research paper

III.  REQUIRED TEXTS: (CURRENT EDITIONS)

      

      McWhorter, Kathleen.  Reflections: Patterns for Reading and Writing

      Reference Text:  A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker & Nancy Sommers

      A college level dictionary

      Other readings at the instructor’s discretion

 

IV.  SPECIFIC CHAPTERS FROM Reflections: Patterns for Reading and Writing:

 

     Chapters 2 – 9 Review:  The Writing Process

     Chapter 13:  Division-Classification

                         What Is Division-Classification?

                         How Division-Classification Fits Your Purpose and Audience

                         Prewriting Strategies

                         Strategies for Using Division-Classification in an Essay

                         Revision Strategies

                         Student Essay:  From Prewriting Through Revision

                         Readings:  Professional and Student Essays

                         Writing a Classification Essay

     Chapter 15:  Comparison-Contrast

                         What Is Comparison-Contrast?

                         How Comparison-Contrast Fits Your Purpose and Audience

                         Prewriting Strategies

                         Strategies for Using Comparison-Contrast in an Essay

                         Revision Strategies

                         Student Essay:  From Prewriting Through Revision

                         Readings:  Professional and Student Essays

                         Writing a Comparison or Contrast Essay

     Chapter 16:  Cause-Effect

                         What Is Cause-Effect?

                         How Cause-Effect Fits Your Purpose and Audience

                         Prewriting Strategies

                         Strategies for Using Cause-Effect in an Essay

                         Revision Strategies

                         Student Essay:  From Prewriting Through Revision

                         Readings:  Professional and Student Essays

                         Writing a Cause or Effect Essay

    Chapter 18:   Argumentation-Persuasion

                         What Is Argumentation-Persuasion?

                         How Argumentation-Persuasion Fits Your Purpose and Audience

                         Prewriting Strategies

                         Strategies for Using Argumentation-Persuasion in an Essay

                         Revision Strategies

                         Student Essay:  From Prewriting Through Revision

                         Readings:  Professional and Student Essays

                         Writing a Classic Argumentation Essay

     Chapter 19:  Locating, Evaluating, and Integrating Research Sources

                         Plan the Research

                         Choose a General Subject

                         Find Sources in the Library

                         Use the Internet

                         Take Notes to Support the Thesis with Evidence

     Chapter 20:  Writing the Research Paper

                         Refine Your Working Thesis

                         Sort Your Notes

                         Organize the Evidence by Outlining

                         Write the First Draft

                         Document Borrowed material to Avoid Plagiarism:  MLA Format

                         Revise, Edit, and Proofread the First Draft

                         Prepare the Works Cited List:  MLA Format

 

V.  DESCRIPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURE:

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Peer Interaction
  4. Conferencing
  5. Computer-Assisted Instruction
  6. Audio Visual Aids

 

VI.  COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Attend class regularly and punctually.
  2. Bring the required text(s) to class each meeting.
  3. Be prepared to discuss all assigned readings.
  4. Participate in class discussions.
  5. Submit on due dates final drafts according to the instructor’s directions.
  6. Use instructors’ conferences, the Communication Skills Laboratory, the Electronics Writing Laboratory or assigned websites for tutoring.

 

VII.  COURSE SCHEDULE:

Writing a Diagnostic Essay and Reviewing the Writing Process ………………....Two Weeks

Writing a Division-Classification Essay……………………………………………….Three Weeks

writing a Comparison-Contrast Essay…………………………………………………Three Weeks

Writing a Cause-Effect Essay……………………………………………………………..Two Weeks

Writing an Argumentation-Persuasion Essay…………………………………………..Two Weeks

Locating Sources and Writing a Research Paper……………………………………..Two Weeks

Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)……………………………………………………………One Week

 

VIII.  EVALUATION:

         In addition to required essays, a documented essay/research paper, and

         mid-term and final examinations, instructors will give quizzes (announced

         and unannounced).  Individual instructors may have additional

         requirements.

 

IX.  GRADING:

       Letter grades will be used in the evaluation of each of the assigned papers,

       readings, quizzes, various examinations and activities.  If a numerical grade

       is given, it will be converted to a letter grade as follows:

 

90 – 100%  A

80 – 89%    B

70 – 79%    C

60 – 69%    D

00 – 59%    F