English 096 was designed to provide students with the kinds of reading and writing tasks that they will encounter in English 101. With high instructor support, English 096 students will practice the critical reading, writing, and reasoning skills needed for success in English 101. The course provides a collaborative learning environment to explore personal reading and writing processes and apply insights to more effectively analyze college level texts. As part of the course, students will read approximately 500-600 pages of college-level books and articles and will write five essays, two in-class and three outside of class. Upon passing English 096, students will be able to take English 101 without further pre-requisite courses.
The Student Learning Outcome:
- Differentiate and apply appropriate academic writing strategies to compose effective, short college-level essays using documented outside sources and personal observations to develop a unified thesis with well organized main points.
- Formulate the kinds of inferences and connections among college-level texts and ideas that will lead to thoughtful analytical and expository writing.
- Analyze rhetorical elements, including audience, purpose, topic, genre, scope, and tone.
- Narrow a broad topic to an effective scope based on assignment directions, topic, and essay length.
- Generate relevant and logical main points in support of a focused thesis statement.
- Evaluate, select, and incorporate relevant and sufficient primary and secondary source material to support the thesis of a short academic essay.
- Apply a variety of patterns of development in writing, such as persuasion, cause and effect and comparison and contrast.
- Correctly integrate and document sources used in a short essay by applying MLA style.
- Accurately summarize and paraphrase written arguments in appropriate context.
- Revise and edit student writing for essay structure and effective sentence level writing skills, including grammar, mechanics, word choice, tone, and sentence variety.
- Use pre-reading techniques to facilitate analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts.
- Demonstrate responsibility and ownership of reading by applying active and critical reading strategies to analyze the meaning of texts.
- Identify and discuss abstract concepts found in readings.
- Draw accurate inferences about a text.
- Improve and expand vocabulary building strategies