Basic Composition – ENGL 100

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on proficiency in grammar, paragraph development, writing basic essays, and the writing process in general. A minimum of three paragraphs and two essays will be required. English 100 does not meet the general education requirements in English but does offer three elective credits.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

To be successful in college and professional environments, the student must know how to correctly and concisely express himself/herself in word choice, well-structured sentences, coherent paragraphs, and unified essays. English 100 prepares the student to begin writing the argumentation essays found in English 101.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of standard written English in writing.
  2. Demonstrate competency in using the process approach to writing (including pre-writing, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing) by planning and developing several single paragraphs and short essays.
  3. Examine example paragraphs and essays as well as drafts written by other students to distinguish specific modes and structures of writing that are present.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, writing samples, interactive models, and websites animations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. One Discussion Board Forum will be used as an opportunity for the student to introduce him/herself to the class, while the other will be used to gain feedback from classmates regarding the student’s Narrative Paragraph.

For the Narrative Paragraph – Peer Review, the student will submit a completed version of the Narrative Paragraph rough draft as a thread with a minimum of 200 words and will then respond to at least 2 other classmate’s thread giving constructive feedback. The reply must be 50–100 words.

Narrative Paragraph

  1. Prewriting

The student will work through and write a paragraph of at least 200 words narrating an important event in his/her life.

  1. Final

The student will revise his/her prewriting assignment based on instructor feedback in order to create a final paragraph. The final paragraph must be at least 200 words.

Descriptive/Definition Paragraph

  1. Prewriting

The student will choose whether he/she wishes to write a descriptive paragraph that describes a person, place, or object or a definition paragraph that defines an abstract concept or idea in order to make a point. The chosen paragraph must be at least 200 words.

  1. Final

The student will revise his/her prewriting assignment based on instructor feedback in order to create a final paragraph. The final paragraph must be at least 200 words.

Illustration/Comparison Paragraph

  1. Prewriting

The student will choose whether he/she wishes to write an illustration paragraph that explains the truth of a general observation about life, love, relationships, or a specific person’s behavior or a comparison paragraph that compares 2 similar or different topics in order to make a point. The chosen paragraph must be at least 200 words.

  1. Final

The student will revise his/her prewriting assignment based on instructor feedback to create a final paragraph. The final paragraph must be at least 200 words.

Classification Essay

  1. Prewriting

Using an assigned topic, the student will write an essay of at least 400 words breaking down a subject into its particular components, types, kinds, or positions in order to make a particular point.

  1. Write Experience

The student will submit a draft of their classification essay into the Write Experience program via the assignment link.  Write Experience will provide feedback instantly for the student to review and apply to improve the draft prior to final submission.

  1. Final

The student will revise his/her prewriting assignment based on instructor feedback to create a final essay. The final essay must be at least 400 words and consist of 5 paragraphs.

Argument Essay

  1. Prewriting

The student will write an essay of at least 400 words constructed to convince a specific audience of his/her chosen point regarding an assigned topic. The student must argue his/her point from a biblical perspective. The essay must include 5 paragraphs: an introduction paragraph, at least 3 well-developed supporting paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph.

  1. Write Experience

The student will submit a draft of their argument essay into the Write Experience program via the assignment link.  Write Experience will provide feedback instantly for the student to review and apply to improve the draft prior to final submission.

  1. Final

The student will revise his/her prewriting assignment based on instructor feedback to create a final essay. The final essay must be at least 400 words and consist of 5 paragraphs.

MindTap Exercises

The MindTap Exercises assess the student’s mastery of each module/week’s assigned grammar concept. The student will complete each MindTap activity using Cengage’s MindTap.

English Assessment

The English Assessment is a comprehensive test containing objective, multiple choice questions designed to assess the student’s mastery of concepts covered throughout the course relating to the different modes of writing (Narrative, Descriptive, Definition, Illustration, Comparison, Classification, and Argument) and the writing steps (planning, rough draft, revised draft, and edited draft), as well as questions relating to grammar and mechanics.