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  • College Composition
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This is an introductory course that offers instruction in expository and argumentative writing, appropriate and effective use of language, close reading, cogent thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation.

Eligibility for college-level composition as determined by college assessment or other appropriate method.



Students will use critical reading and thinking strategies to write primarily expository and argumentative texts that respond to a variety of rhetorical situations and contexts and incorporate college-level research.

Minimum 5,000 of words of formal writing.

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Read, analyze, and evaluate a variety of primarily non-fiction, diverse texts for content, context, and rhetorical merit with consideration of tone, audience, and purpose.
  2. Apply a variety of rhetorical strategies in writing unified, well-organized essays with arguable theses and persuasive support
  3. Develop varied and flexible strategies for generating, drafting, and revising essays
  4. Analyze stylistic choices in their own writing and the writing of others
  5. Write timed/in-class essays exhibiting acceptable college-level control of mechanics, organization, development, and coherence
  6. Integrate the ideas of others through paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting without plagiarism
  7. Find, evaluate, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary sources, incorporating them into written essays using MLA documentation format
  8. Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to a diverse academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task; proofread, edit, and revise essays so English grammar, usage, or punctuation do not impede clarity

Primarily academic essays, including timed/in-class writing.

Additional methods of evaluation may include portfolios, oral presentations, quizzes, essay exams, class discussion, and group projects.

An anthology, or appropriate Open Educational Resources (OER) containing culturally diverse college-level essays, articles, or other texts

A college-level handbook on writing and documentation

Book length works of fiction or non-fiction are also appropriate but not required.

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  • Orig. Rev: 2011