English 091 is a combined reading and writing course that is designed to prepare students for either further academic work or the workplace. The course prepares students to write well-organized, unified and coherent essays for a college audience and teaches critical reading skills for college-level reading material.
The Student Learning Outcomes for English 091 are:
- Compose thoughtful, well-organized, grammatically correct short essays, using properly documented outside sources and personal experiences to develop a unified thesis.
- Distinguish and analyze basic elements of fiction and non-fiction found in introductory college readings.
To achieve the above stated goals, the Course Objectives for English 091 are as follow:
- Focus and narrow ideas from prewriting.
- Compose well-organized, source-based short essays.
- Provide adequate support for thesis statements.
- Revise own writing to make it unified, coherent and well-developed.
- Apply a variety of patterns of development in writing, such as persuasion, cause and effect and comparison and contrast.
- Document external sources with parenthetical citations and a Works Cited list using the MLA format.
- Edit own sentences for sentence boundary, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling errors.
- Analyze elements of fiction such as plot, setting, characterization, irony, figurative language, and theme.
- Analyze elements of non-fiction including author’s thesis, main points, supporting details, and organization strategy.
- Synthesize ideas from sources with his or her own ideas.