Builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-level texts and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays containing properly documented evidence.
The Student Learning Outcomes for English 101 are:
- Analyze and critically evaluate college-level texts for rhetorical and genre strategies.
- Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.
To achieve these goals, students will learn to:
- Analyze and critically evaluate written and visual texts for rhetorical strategies such as ethos, logos, and pathos, among others;
- Demonstrate responsibility for the reading process by applying active and critical reading strategies to analyze the meaning of texts;
- Analyze and critically evaluate a variety of college-level texts, including a book-length argument or a complete literary work;
- Demonstrate responsibility for the writing process and rhetorical context;
- Conduct research and critically evaluate appropriate source material(s);
- Create a thesis statement to structure the essay as a whole;
- Organize and structure essays in an effective manner;
- Support arguments by selecting, analyzing and synthesizing evidence such as relevant
detail, anecdotes, and well-integrated summaries,
paraphrases, and quotations;
- Implement the conventions of standard written English while using a variety of sentence structures;
- Apply MLA style and citation format;
- Compose effective short essays in timed-writing situations;
- Reflect on reading and writing practices in order to improve work habits and skills;