English 081 improves writing at the paragraph level by focusing on structure, mechanics, and editing. It familiarizes students with source-based compositions and emphasizes pre-college level reading of fiction and nonfiction. Units do not apply to the associate degree.
The Student Learning Outcomes for English 081 are:
- Compose well-organized, grammatically correct paragraphs, using personal evidence as well as evidence from the assigned readings to develop a focused topic sentence.
- Correctly identify an author’s thesis, main points and supporting details through annotation and comprehension questions.
- Clearly explain an author’s theme and describe the main character’s conflict in a complete paragraph.
To achieve the above stated goals, the Course Objectives for English 081 are as follow:
- Compare and contrast different approaches to writing: example, definition, and argument.
- Explain and apply the writing process.
- Demonstrate prewriting techniques.
- Effectively revise and edit a rough draft.
- Differentiate specific details from general statements and assertions.
- Construct main points to develop a topic sentence.
- Select details from sources to support main points.
- Annotate an essay.
- Define the terms "thesis," "purpose," "tone," and "audience" when used about writing.
- Analyze the plot, setting, characterization, point of view, conflict, resolution, and theme of a work of fiction.
- Analyze the structure of a well-organized paragraph.
- Expand one's reading and writing vocabularies.
- Explain the inferences a reader needs to make in a selected piece of fiction or non-fiction.