ENGLISH 1301
Composition I

Western Texas College
 Department of English

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.
    2. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 is a reading and writing intensive course. Students must exceed state and college requirements in reading and writing before enrolling in ENGL 1301.
    3. SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: To earn credit for ENGL 1301, all students must complete a final grammar examination “Exit Test” with a grade of 70 or higher. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS REQUIREMENT -- COUPLED WITH CLEAR EVIDENCE OF AN ORGANIZED WRITING STYLE USING COLLEGE-LEVEL GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION --IS MANDATORY FOR RECEIVING CREDIT FOR ENGLISH 1301.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes.
    2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution.
    3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose.
    4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts.
    5. Use Edited American English in academic essays.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Essay assignments will comprise the largest percentage of the final grade.
    2. Laboratory (Prescription and WYSIWYG) lessons may comprise a percentage of the final grade.
    3. The Exit Test (see SPECIAL REQUIREMENT above) will comprise a percentage of the final grade.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Laurie G. Kirszner & Stephen R. Mandell. Patterns for College Writing, Fourteenth Edition, ISBN: 978-1-319-13642-0
    2. Recommended: an English dictionary
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. PLAGIARISM: Essays must be submitted electronically to the plagiarism-checking site Turnitin.com. Under WTC policy, plagiarism may result in the student being dropped from class. Students suspected of plagiarism will be consulted. Students found guilty of plagiarism will be dropped.
  1. Course Organization
Week 1 First day handouts
Departmental Pre-Test (Grammar and Punctuation)
First Writing Assignment (Essay Used as Diagnostic/1st Graded Writing Assignment)
Week 2 Pre-Tests Evaluated
Lab Assignments Finalized
Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence Basics
Chapter 30, Longman’s (8-Parts of Speech)
Chapter 31, Longman’s, Phrases/Clauses
Week 3 Instruction Emphasizing the Complete Sentence (Subject/Predicate)
(Instructors may use WYSIWYG Lesson 1: Complete Sentences.)
Week 4 Chapter 6, Longman’s
Writing Effective Paragraphs (Focus, Coherence, Development)
Topic Sentence
Paragraph Development Patterns
Writing Diagnostic Essay Returned
(2nd Graded Writing Assignment Related to Paragraph Development)
Week 5 Instruction Emphasizing the Compound Sentence
(Instructors may use the departmental lab material outlined in WYSIWYG Lesson 2: Compound Sentences.)
Commas
(Instructors may use the Prescription “5 Reasons for Using Commas”
Week 6 Instruction Emphasizing the Complex Sentences
(Instructors may use WYSIWYG Lesson 3: Sentence Openers.)
Week 7 Essay Research/Part 5 Longman’s
Summarizing
Paraphrasing
Plagiarism
(3rd Graded Writing Assignment Related to Summarizing/Paraphrasing)
Week 8 Instruction Emphasizing Sentence Interrupters
(Instructors may use WYSIWYG Lesson 4: Sentence Interrupters.)
Week 9 Essay Organization:
Audience
Purpose
(All Lab Material -- WYSIWYGs and Prescriptions -- Due)
Week 10 Essay Organization:
Introductory Paragraph
Thesis Sentence
Body Paragraph
Concluding Paragraph
Week 11 MLA style/Part 6 Longman’s
Parenthetical Citations
Works Cited Page
(4th Graded Essay Assignment Related to Student Learning Outcome)
Week 12 Second Pre-Test
Preparation Exit Test
Grammar/Punctuation/Writing Instruction as Needed
Week 13 Preparation Exit Test
Grammar/Punctuation/Writing Instruction as Needed
Week 14 Preparation Exit Test
Grammar/Punctuation/Writing Instruction as Needed
Week 15 Preparation Exit Test
Week 16 Final Exit Test

Disclaimer: “The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.


 

Last Modified: September 20, 2017