Basics of Composition

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This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of skills required in college-level writing. These include grammar usage, sentence variety, paragraph development, critical reading and thinking. brief essays, and research-paper elements, such as quoting, paraphrasing, and documenting.

Students successfully completing this course will complete the following objectives:

  • write clear, direct, and varied sentences, including coordination and subordination
  • use correct and varied punctuation
  • use pronouns correctly
  • vary word choices and understand denotation and connotation
  • write effective topic sentences
  • develop concrete support within paragraphs
  • use appropriate transitional words and phrases
  • identify main and supporting ideas in brief readings
  • write two well-developed and organized essays (3 to 5 paragraphs)
  • understand the mechanics of quoting
  • understand the purpose and technique of paraphrasing
  • understand the purpose and preparation of documentation samples (1 to 2)

The following materials should be brought to each class:

  • Text, Mosaics (fifth edition) by Kim Flachmann
  • notebook and additional paper for classroom assignments
  • one subject notebook or composition notebook for journal writing
  • pens, pencils, and a highlighter

Regular attendance is essential for success in Composition I class. The English Department attendance policy dictates a maximum of six excused or unexcused absences for a class that meets three times a week. The policy also states that two late arrivals equal 1-1/2 absences. After four absences, the final grade will be reduced at the instructor’s discretion. After six absences you should officially withdraw or a final grade of “F” will be given.

Your final grade will be based on several forms of assessment which are listed below:

  • Writing assignments in various expository forms (30%)
  • Final writing project (15%)
  • Homework, quizzes, and in-class assignments (10%)
  • Chapter tests (25%)
  • Journal (10%)
  • Attendance and participation (10%)
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