Composition SLOs

COMPOSITION STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

ENGLISH V01A - ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

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  • CSLO-1: Write coherent, thesis-driven academic prose with well-developed supporting paragraphs and a conclusion.
  • CSLO-2: Write 50-minute timed essays of at least two pages in response to a written prompt (expository writing). Essays should include a thesis, focused and detailed body of support, and a conclusion, and should be free of distracting sentence-level errors.
  • CSLO-3: Students will employ sound reasoning.
  • CSLO-4: Argue a researched perspective on issues of professional, personal and/or social significance by gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing sources in a correctly documented paper.

Assessment:

  • Required prewriting, including Inspiration (computer visual mapping tool); instructor and peer review of drafts with notes, online tutoring, graded revisions based on drafts and tutoring responses, editing and proofreading practice; research exercises, including MLA documentation, summarizing, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism; oral assignments tied to readings in the various rhetorical modes
  • Weekly in-class writings, portfolio of in-class writings, graded in-class essays
  • Test for recognition of logical fallacies, write and revise essays that avoid logical fallacies

ENGLISH V01B - CRITICAL THINKING AND COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE - 3 Units

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  • CSLO-1: Apply critical thinking skills to analyze literary works in writing.
  • CSLO-2: Create cohesive and logical arguments that employ relevant textual details.
  • CSLO-3: Apply literary concepts and elements of genre to critically engage with a text.

Assessment:

  • Collaborative literary analysis and reporting out in class discussions, graded essays employing critical thinking, evaluation of elements of fiction, oral presentations using a critical theory to analyze a literary work, in-class critical essays, in-class quizzes
  • Peer review; graded essays that require strong organization, persuasive, cohesive arguments, strong development using relevant details, and avoidance of logical fallacies; meet with students regarding thesis, outline and basic review of research techniques.

ENGLISH V02 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

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  • Structure a 3 to 5 page essay around a thesis, maintaining unity and coherence
  • Evaluate and gather information from print and electronic sources; summarize, paraphrase, and quote research material accurately; and document sources according to MLA style.
  • Evaluate and gather information from print and electronic sources.
  • Write 50-minute timed essays of at least 1.5 pages in response to a written prompt (expository writing). Essays should include a thesis, focused body of support, and a conclusion.

Assessment:

  • Teacher reviewed outline, students create original essays, peer review with guided questions, computer-based revision strategies, revision based on online tutoring
  • Students attend library tours, collaborative analysis of model essays, plagiarism quizzes, MLA exercises, conduct research and write a paper, homework or group activities to give students practice quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing, guided peer review, revision strategies, revision based on online tutoring
  • Practice essays graded or critiqued by instructor, holistic midterm and final graded by department members

ENGLISH V03 - BASIC ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

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  • Write 1-2 page essays that contain clear thesis statements and topic sentences that relate to the thesis
  • For essays, create well developed and unified paragraphs that support topic sentences
  • Summarize, paraphrase, and quote research material accurately, and document sources according to MLA style
  • Compose two reasonably well-organized 200-250 word essays in timed situations with errors that do not distract from readability

Assessment:  

  • Portfolio graded and instructor critiqued take-home essay assignments that review thesis, unity, and coherence; prewriting exercises; oral reports; collaborative activities with written responses and reporting to class
  • Portfolio graded timed writings, practice timed writings critiqued by instructor

ENGLISH V04A - WRITING SKILLS: LEVEL A - 3 Units 

  • Write sentences with only occasional errors.
  • Use prewriting strategies and revision for composition.
  • Read and discuss short essays as models for writing.

Assessment:

  • Sentence combining activities, mechanics practice, exercises, worksheets, grammar quizzes, pre and post tests related to specific chapters, Skills Bank (grammar exercise software), Diana Hacker exercises
  • Inspiration software (visual organizing tool), class discussion with participation, prewriting activities turned in with drafts of essays, student revisions of paragraphs and essays
  • Class discussions, group questions, reporting answers to class Reading Evaluation Methods

ENGLISH V04B - WRITING SKILLS: LEVEL B - 3 Units

  • Write sentences with rare errors.
  • Write paragraphs with clear topic sentences and clear support and development.
  • Read and summarize in writing the main ideas and supporting points of an essay.
  • Analyze short essays as models for writing.

Assessment:

  • Sentence combining activities, mechanics practice, exercises, worksheets, grammar quizzes, pre and post tests related to specific chapters, Skills Bank (grammar exercise software), Diane Hacker exercises (handbook).
  • Oral responses to reading comprehension questions for sample essays, write short summaries.
  • Read essays in groups out loud and answer questions, report and discuss with class members answers to specific questions

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