ENGLISH 1301
Composition I

Western Texas College

  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.
    4. A “C” or higher is required if a student intends to take an advanced English course. E.g. to take English 1302, you must make a “C” in 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 (Hawkes Learning lessons) 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. Hawkes Learning Foundations of English textbook + software package ISBN: 978-1-941552-56-8
    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/ADA Statement
    7. Special Assistance
    8. Affirmative Action
    9. 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)

Week 2

Grammar, Punctuation, Sentence Basics
Sentence Fragments
Topic Sentence 
Audience
Purpose

Week 3

Sentence fragments
Paragraph Summarizing

Week 4

Writing Effective Paragraphs (Focus, Coherence, Development)
Paragraph development

Week 5

Instruction Emphasizing the Compound Sentence and comma rules
Topic sentence to thesis statement
Essay structure

Week 6

Instruction Emphasizing the Complex Sentences

Week 7

Essay structure: drafting
Complex sentences

Week 8

Essay structure: drafting
Instruction Emphasizing Sentence Interrupters and Relative Pronoun Clauses (Complex Sentences)

Week 9

Essay structure: drafting
Relative Pronoun Clauses/Complex Sentences

Week 10

Essay structure
Semicolon vs. Colon

Week 11

Essay structure
Parallelism

Week 12

Essay structure
In-text Parenthetical Citations

Week 13

Essay structure
Works cited page

Week 14

Essay structure

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: August 27, 2018