EN-120a Expository Writing I

Course Description:
This course develops expository writing skills and introduces rhetorical patterns. The student also learns basic research skills.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) 2 of Liberal Arts program.
  • Prerequisite Courses:Divisional placement or completion of ESL 099 with a "C" or better.

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:
1. Enrich and deepen his or her self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking and various modes of artistic expression.
3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization.

 

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL:
The student will be able to:
1. Utilize all stages of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revision when composing academic papers.
2. Write essays in various rhetorical patterns such as example, comparison/contrast, classification, cause/effect, and process analysis.
3. Establish and defend a position in an argumentative essay.


SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

1

 

IDM

 

2

 

IDM

 

3

 

IDM

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Utilize all stages of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revision when composing academic papers.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Utilize all stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising when
composing acamdemic papers.:

Show and/or submit prewriting, draft, and revisions to peers and the instructor.

General SLO 2. Write essays in various rhetorical patterns such as example,
comparison/contrast,classification, cause/effect, and process analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Construct a thesis.

Write and submit an appropriate thesis for each rhetorical pattern.

2.2 Develop the thesis using various expository modes to explain or analyze:

  • example
  • comparison/contrast.
  • classification.
  • cause/effect.analysis.
  • process analysis.

Submit essays following a rubric for each expository mode.

2.3 Illustrate an awareness of the concepts of audience, purpose, and tone.

Submit paragraphs or essays that will be assessed by a rubric that illustrate an awareness of audience, purpose, and tone.

2.4 Draft a composition that exhibits unity, coherence and logical organization of information.

Submit a revised final draft of a paragraph or essay that will be assessed by a rubric that exhibits unity, coherence and logical organization.

2.5 Utilize word processing software such as MS Word to format, draft, save, revise, and print compositions. Also monitor spelling, grammer, and through the use of electronic technolgoy.

Submit typed essays assessed with a checklist for MLA formatting.

General SLO 3. Establish and defend a position in an argumentative essay.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Develop a thesis by applying elements of argumentation and persuasion.

Submit an argumentative essay assessed by a rubric showing support with research and documentation using MLA style.

D. COURSE CONTENT
Prewriting techniques
Various rhetorical patterns
Argumentation and persuasive
MLA format

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

  • Lecture, group discussion, online activities, and guest lectures.

F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Fawcett, Susan. Evergreen: a guide to writing with readings. 10th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Print.


G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I. EVALUATION
Students must achieve 70% mastery or a "C" to pass this course.

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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