ENGL-101 - English Composition - Christine Iskander
The goal of this course is to help students become better writers, ones who show a diligence to detail, who demonstrate critical thinking and writers who review and revise their own work consistently. This English course, then, will expect much from the students who are enrolled in it. During this term you might find yourself feeling over-worked or perhaps even a bit “stressed.” Interestingly enough, however, these are positive signs, for they are strong indicators of seriousness and commitment, and you will need both of these virtues to be successful in this class and in college as a whole. Please be assured in that I am committed to everyone’s success. It is my job to help you if you’re struggling; this is why I am here.
This course and its reading materials assume a mature academic audience. Essays and fiction often have their fingers on the pulse of difficult issues and controversies, expect to have aspects of your belief system and values challenged. Respect for the instructor and peers in the heat of intellectual debate is expected at all times.
English 101 builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-level, non-fiction readings and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays, containing properly documented evidence.
What to Expect in this Course
By the end of this semester, students will be able to:
- Analyze and critically evaluate college-level, non-fiction texts for argument, structure, and rhetorical strategies.
- Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct full-length essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant research and other evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.
Types of Assessments
For this class, you will have 3 essays with a possibility to re-write one essay. There will be one timed essay. There will be open note reading quizzes, and a final portfolio assignment.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Title: "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell
Title: "They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing | Edition: 3 ISBN: 9780393935844
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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 760