English I Syllabus


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This course helps students develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the steps involved in the writing process.

Five types of writing are examined-compare/contrast, argumentative, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. The importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted.

Students also learn research techniques, as well as how to edit and revise their work.

SMARTHINKING writing professionals will carefully review and provide personal feedback to students for 5 graded essays and 7 essay drafts.

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English I Syllabus

  1. 1.   Composition I Course Text Langan, John. College Writing Skills, 6th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2005. Course Description This course helps students develop quality writing skills by explaining and identifying the steps involved in the writing process. Six types of writing are examined: argumentative, compare/contrast, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and summary. The importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling is highlighted, as emphasis is placed on editing and revising pieces of writing. Students also learn proper research techniques, utilizing the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Course Objectives After completing this course, students will be able to: • Explain and identify the steps involved in the writing process. • Compose a strong thesis statement. • Organize an essay into a well written introduction, body, and conclusion. • Evaluate the different types of fictional and non-fictional readings. • Successfully identify and apply the use of analogy. • Identify and compose the following types of writing: argumentative, compare/contrast, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and summary. • Employ proper research techniques. • Analyze and judge the validity of the various kinds of reading materials. • Correctly use the MLA style of citing. • Summarize and paraphrase without plagiarizing. • Successfully revise and edit all aspects of an essay. • Construct grammatically correct sentences. • Compose sentences and paragraphs with correct spelling and punctuation. Course Prerequisites There are no prerequisites to take English Composition. MLA Research Guidelines This course follows the research guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA). These guidelines were most recently revised in 2003 in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.). A summary of these guidelines is provided in the SMARTHINKING Writer's Handbook.
  2. 2. Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected of all students. These guidelines for avoiding plagiarism must be followed: 1. All submitted writings must be the student’s own work. 2. Words taken directly from a source must be encased in quotation marks and cited. 3. Paraphrasing (rewording) of information must be cited. 4. Ideas or examples that are not of general knowledge must be cited. Important Terms In this course, different terms are used to designate tasks: • Assignment: A written piece that will be submitted to SMARTHINKING for a grade at the end of the final draft. • Exercise: A non-graded quiz or writing piece to assist you in practicing the skills discussed in a topic. • Quiz: A graded online test. • Project: A process spanning multiple topics that results in a written essay. Writing Submissions Writing exercises and assignments may only be submitted as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt files. Macintosh users should add an extension (.doc or .rtf) to the file name before uploading. If you have questions on saving files, please contact support@smarthinking.com. Course Evaluation Criteria At the end of each course, each student will receive the number of points earned. The student’s final letter grade is determined by the corresponding institution’s grading scale. There are a total of 300 points in the course: Transitions Quiz 10 Grammar Quiz 20 Homonym Quiz 15 Good Word Choices Positively Affect Your Writing Quiz 10 Cover Letter Quiz 2 Good Word Choices Quiz 10 Punctuation Quiz 22 Writing to Your Audience Quiz 30 Descriptive Writing Assignment 21 Building a Paragraph Quiz 5 Website Validity Quiz 6 Comparison/Contrast Writing Assignment 21 Personal Narrative Writing Assignment 21 A Different Look at the Mail Quiz 8 Text Analysis Quiz 10 Persuasive Writing Assignment 21 Works Cited Quiz 10 Argumentative Writing Assignment 21 Be an Editor Quiz 10 Different Perspectives Quiz 6 Research Writing Assignment 21
  3. 3. Course Topics and Objectives Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives 1 Proper Grammar: • The Most Common • Identify the common Friend or Foe? Grammatical Errors grammatical errors and apply • Correcting Sentence the rules of correction to edit Fragments effectively. • Subject Verb • Apply the rules of correcting Agreement sentence fragments when • Use of Jargon in editing an essay to eliminate Essays them. • Apply the rules of subject/verb agreement when editing an essay to eliminate agreement errors. • Add to the understanding and use of a basic vocabulary of literary items. 2 Punctuation and • The Comma • Demonstrate how effectively to Spelling: The • The Apostrophe and use commas. Finer Points Quotation Marks • Effectively use apostrophes and • Other Types of quotation marks. Punctuation • Employ the correct use of other • Improve Your types of punctuation. Spelling • Identify common errors in spelling and apply various strategies to eliminate spelling errors. 3 The Writing • Define Composition • Develop topic sentences that Process: You Can • Roadblocks to clearly support the thesis and Do It! Effective Writing the essay. • Audience and • Identify the audience and Purpose purpose before beginning the • The Reading and process of writing an essay. Writing Link • Explain and demonstrate the direct link between successful writing and comprehensive reading. • Explain the standard process involved in writing an essay. 4 Thesis • Weak Versus Strong • Structure an essay using a Statements: Thesis Statements strong beginning, middle, and What’s the Point? • Importance of Thesis end. Statements • Select and narrow an essay • Supporting Your topic and formulate a strong, Thesis Statement effective thesis statement. • Organize the supporting details and specific evidence in the essay.
  4. 4. Research Paper Objective: • Develop a strong thesis statement for the research paper project. 5 Writing a Good • The Introduction • Show appropriate development Paragraph • Body of Work and of the essay and the thesis Detail using sentence variety and • The Conclusion specific, coherent, relevant, and interesting details. • Make good use of topic sentences, transitions, and concluding statements within the essay. • Develop and compose a strong introductory paragraph. • Develop and compose a strong concluding paragraph. & Researching Your • Utilizing Good • Utilize proper researching and Topic: Half the Research Skills note-taking techniques for the Battle! • Your Local Library research paper project. • Proper Internet • Effectively research a topic in Research the library and online. • Other Means of • Evaluate sources on a given Research topic. • Explain the importance of maintaining integrity while researching. • Write a summary for the research paper project. 6 Popular Types of • Compare/Contrast • Write a paragraph or essay Writing: Who Technique of Writing using the comparison/contrast Knew? • Persuasive method. Technique of Writing • Write a paragraph or essay • Descriptive Writing demonstrating the use of persuasion as a writing strategy. • Develop skills in the use of the following strategy: descriptive writing. 7 Types of • Narrative Writings • Analyze and explain the link Readings: Can • Non-Fiction Writings between comprehensive reading This Really • Writing Using and successful writing. Influence my Analogy • Apply critical thinking to reading Writing? and writing. • Differentiate among the different types of analogies and
  5. 5. use them in a narrative paragraph. Research Paper Objective: • Develop an outline for the research paper project. 8 Analysis of • Comprehension of • Understand main ideas of a text Reading and the Subject Matter used to write a research paper Writing: Now • Retaining the with an awareness of audience What? Subject Matter and purpose. • Forming Opinions • Interact with and summarize • Real-World the text effectively. Application • Evaluate the text using critical and analytical skills to identify common logical fallacies. • Effectively write the first draft of an essay with an awareness of audience and purpose. 9 Using Evidence • How Evidence Adds • Explain the importance of and Reference Legitimacy to an quality evidence in essay Materials Essay writing. Properly: Give • Proper Use of • Write an essay following proper Credit Where It’s Citations standard MLA guidelines. Due! • Plagiarism • Demonstrate the importance of maintaining integrity while researching and writing an essay or a longer paper. Research Paper Objective: • Create a Works Cited page for the research paper project using MLA format. 10 The Process of • The Revision Process • Revise your essay to ensure Revising and • Revising Sentences appropriate development of the Editing: You’re • Revising Word essay with specific attention to Almost There! Choices cohesion, support, and • The Editing Process organization. • Revise the first draft to include varied, interesting, and accurate sentences. • Edit and proofread the first draft to eliminate grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors.
  6. 6. Research Paper Objective: • Apply revision, editing, and proofreading techniques to rough draft of research paper project. 11 Checking Your • Strong Thesis • Check that the final draft Final Essay: • Development of contains a strong, well-written You’ve Come This Ideas thesis statement that is directly Far! • Proper Grammar linked with the main point of the essay. • Check that the final draft demonstrates clear organization, strong development through the use of a variety of sentence types, smooth transitions, and proper citing techniques. • Edit to ensure the final draft is free of grammatical and spelling errors. Research Paper Objective: • Review your research paper to ensure it is ready for submission and grading. 12 Submission of the • Review Research Paper Objective: Final Draft of the Research Paper • Turn in research paper project. and Final Review