SLOs for English

Student Learning Outcomes for English

COMPOSITION

READING

CREATIVE WRITING

LITERATURE

COMPOSITION STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

ENGLISH V01A - ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

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  • Write coherent, thesis-driven academic prose with well-developed supporting paragraphs and a conclusion.
  • Argue a researched perspective on issues of professional, personal and/or social significance by gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing sources in a correctly documented paper.
  • 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.
  • Students will employ sound reasoning.

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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  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze literary works in writing.
  • Create cohesive and logical arguments that employ relevant textual details.
  • 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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READING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

ENGLISH V05 - COLLEGE-LEVEL READING FOR CRITICAL ANALYSIS - 3.5 Units

  • Students will use appropriate techniques to read and comprehend lengthy college-level material.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and methodology of reading.
  • Students will write college-level essays based on the topics of the readings and related discussions.
  • Students will apply new vocabulary and distinguish between subtle differences in meanings of words.

Assessment:

  • Vocabulary and comprehension tests, in-class discussion, written summaries and journal entries. 

ENGLISH V06A - ACADEMIC READING - 3.5 Units

  • Students will use appropriate techniques to read and comprehend expository textbooks at the college level.
  • Students will analyze and evaluate college-level texts or complex reading assignments.
  • Students will increase and apply new vocabulary in academic contexts.

Assessment:

  • Written vocabulary and comprehension tests
  • Class discussion
  • Reading assignments with comprehension questions
  • Independent Reading Reports

ENGLISH V07 - INTERMEDIATE READING COMPREHENSION & LANGUAGE ACQUISITION - 3.5 Units

  • Students will use appropriate techniques to read and comprehend short essays.
  • Students will paraphrase, summarize and respond to short essays and articles.
  • Students will apply new vocabulary including idioms in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Assessment:

  • Written vocabulary and comprehension tests
  • Class discussion
  • Reading assignments with comprehension questions
  • Outlining and Mapping
  • Independent Reading Journals

ENGLISH V08A - LOW-BEGINNING READING COMPREHENSION - 3.5 Units

  • Students will use appropriate techniques to read and comprehend a paragraph.
  • Students will paraphrase, summarize and respond to paragraphs in oral and written contexts.
  • Students will apply appropriate strategies for vocabulary acquisition.

Assessment:

  • Written vocabulary and comprehension tests
  • Class discussion
  • Reading assignments with comprehension questions
  • Outlining and Mapping
  • Independent Reading Journals

ENGLISH V08B - HIGH-BEGINNING READING COMPREHENSION - 3.5 Units

  • Students will use appropriate techniques to read and comprehend simple passages two to three paragraphs in length.
  • Students will paraphrase, summarize and respond to simple passages two to three paragraphs in length in oral and written contexts.
  • Students will apply appropriate strategies for vocabulary acquisition, including academic vocabulary.

Assessment:

  • Written vocabulary and comprehension tests
  • Class discussion
  • Reading assignments with comprehension questions
  • Outlining and Mapping
  • Independent Reading Journals

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CREATIVE WRITING STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

ENGLISH V10 - CREATIVE WRITING - 3 Units

  • Evaluate an author's use of the conventions of writing poetry, fiction, drama or film, and nonfiction.
  • Prepare original pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama or film utilizing the appropriate conventions of writing for each genre.

Assessment:

  • Students write weekly written exercises utilizing conventions of writing poetry, fiction, drama or film, and non-fiction.

ENGLISH V11A - INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE WRITING I - 3 Units

  • Evaluate an author's use of the conventions of writing poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction.
  • Prepare original pieces of moderate length in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama or film utilizing the appropriate conventions of writing for each genre.

Assessment:

  • Students create original works in different genres.

ENGLISH V11B- INTERMEDIATE CREATIVE WRITING II - 3 Units

  • Evaluate an author's use of the conventions of writing poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction.
  • Prepare original pieces of moderate length in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama or film utilizing the appropriate conventions of writing for each genre and incorporating elements of style from the writers studied.

Assessment:

  • Students create original works in different genres.

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LITERATURE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

ENGLISH V15  - INTRODUCTION TO POETRY - 3 Units

  • Appraise selected poetry with informed comprehension and aesthetic appreciation.
  • Paraphrase, analyze, explain, discuss, and compare and contrast a variety of poetic forms and genres

Assessment:

  • Students write original essays involving research, explication, analysis, and comparison/contrast of poems.
  • Students respond to poems in journals.
  • Students make presentations based on research about poets and their writing.
  • Students recite poems from memory.

ENGLISH V16 - INTRODUCTION TO FICTION - 3 Units

  • Identify and evaluate elements of fiction such as plot, structure, character, setting, point of view, tone and style, theme, irony, and symbol
  • Analyze works of fiction in the context of history and culture
  • Apply literary theory to the fiction being studied and to the assigned writing tasks
  • Analyze the connection between content and form in fiction

Assessment:

  • Students will write two out-of-class essays analyzing the elements of fiction in various works and applying their choice of literary theory.
  • Students will create a class presentation using outside research on one of the texts or authors from the period studied.
  • Students will answer final exam questins in which they correctly identify passages from authors and texts and comment on their literary elements and historical contexts.

ENGLISH V21A - SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE I - 3 Units

  • Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods, and authors from the period covering the Celtic epic to the end of the 18th century.
  • Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covering the Celtic epic to the 18th century essay.
  • Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students create original essays evaluating an author’s use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama.
  • Students write out-of-class response journals.
  • Students make presentations on texts.

ENGLISH V21B - SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE II - 3 Units

  • Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods, and authors from the beginning of the 19th century to the post-modern period.
  • Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covering from the beginning of the 19th century to the post-modern period.
  • Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students create original essays evaluating an author’s use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama.
  • Students write out-of-class response journals.
  • Students make presentations on texts.

ENGLISH V22A - SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: COLONIAL PERIOD TO 1865 - 3 Units

  • Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods and authors from the beginning of the pre-colonial times to 1865.
  • Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the beginning of the colonial period to 1865.
  • Evaluate an author’s use of the elements of poetry and prose, including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action characterization and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students answer midterm and final exam questions in which they correctly identify and comment on texts from different literary movements and time periods.
  • Students will write two out-of-class essays which formulate and explore original ideas about literary texts from the periods covered from pre-Colonail times to 1865.
  • In journal entries, out-of-class essays, and/or short essay questions in exams, students will identify and evaluate authors’ uses of the elements of poetry and prose, including use of rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre, if applicable.

ENGLISH 22B - SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: 1865 TO PRESENT - 3 Units

  • Differentiate between texts representative of different literary movements or time periods, and authors from the beginning of the Civil War to the post-modern period.
  • Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the end of the Civil War to the post-modern period.
  • Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action characterization, and genre

Assessment:

  • In-class midterm exam (in-class essay), final exam (in-class essay), annotated bibliography, and interpretative essays

ENGLISH V23 - INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATIC LITERATURE - 3 Units

  • Identify and evaluate elements of drama such as plot, characterization, setting, staging, tone, and theme.
  • Analyze plays in the context of history and culture.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the production history of the plays studied.
  • Analyze plays for production possibilities.

Assessment:

  • Students will write two out-of-class essays analyzing the elements of drama in various works and comment on their historical and social contexts.
  • Students will create a class presentation using outside research on one of the plays or playwrights from the periods studied, emphasizing its production history and alternate production possibilities.
  • Students will answer midterm and final exam questions in which they correctly identify passages from plays and comment on their literary elements, staging history, and historical contexts.

ENGLISH V26 - INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE - 3 Units

  • Compare and contrast characters within the plays.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Shakespeare's use of dramatic conventions, poetic elements, and sonnet form.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic Shakespearean language use, including blank verse and prose.

Assessment:

  • Six 1,500 word analytical essays, midterm exam, oral interpretation, and final exam 

ENGLISH V29A - AESTHETICS OF FILM I - 3 Units

  • Appraise the fundamentals of style and design of plot within a film
  • Assess the structure and movement within a film
  • Compare and contrast the differing ideologies of film making

Assessment:

  • Research paper and film logs.
  • Class discussions.

ENGLISH V29B - AESTHETICS OF FILM II - 3 Units

  • Appraise the fundamentals of style and design of plot within a film
  • Assess the structure and movement within a film
  • Examine the history of cinematography, including composition within the frames in a film with evidence of in-depth research and comprehension

Assessment:

  • Research paper and film logs.
  • Class discussions.

ENGLISH V30 - SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE I - 3 Units

  • Identify a selection of World Literature and analyze the literary significance, including the form of the texts
  • Assess the interplay between a literary text and the culture in which it was born.

Assessment:

  • Intensive seminar-based discussion.
  • Student presentations.
  • In-class quizzes.
  • Critical essays.

ENGLISH V31 - SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE II - 3 Units

  • Assess the interplay between a literary text and the culture in which it was born.
  • Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Not taught recently.

ENGLISH V35/V135 - MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE - 3 Units

  • Understand and analyze the historical, social, and cultural implications of works by African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American, and other American sub-cultural writers.
  • Distinguish between different literary movements and historical contexts of various racial or ethnic groups residing in the United States.
  • Identify traditional and unconventional uses of elements of poetry, fiction, and drama, including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Not taught recently.

ENGLISH V36A/V136A - SURVEY OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE I - 3 Units

  • Differentiate between texts representative of gender-based literary movements from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
  • Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
  • Evaluate an author’s use of of the elements of poetry and prose, including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Students will answer midterm and final exam questions in which they correctly identify and comment on texts representative of gender-based literary theory themes and movements from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

ENGLISH V36B/V136B - SURVEY OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE II - 3 Units

  • Differentiate between texts representative of gender-based literary movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
  • Formulate original ideas about unfamiliar literary texts from the periods covered from the early 20th century to the present.
  • Evaluate an author's use of the elements of poetry, prose, and drama including rhyme, meter, diction, figurative language, tone, theme, plot, action, characterization, and genre.

Assessment:

  • Short research paper, oral presentation, class discussions of the works

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