COMPOSITION STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
ENGLISH V01A - ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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