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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;