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ENG 112 College Composition.  Develops skills in composition, critical inquiry, and information literacy.  Students generate, revise, and edit several essays with special attention to the writing process.  Includes an argumentative research paper that incorporates critical analysis of various sources and the use of proper documentation.

Objective 1

Students will become adept at using a process approach when writing college papers.


Students will use prewriting strategies such as brainstorming, clustering, free-writing, and journalistic questions to generate ideas, topics, and information.


When producing preliminary drafts both in and out of class, students will be able to

  • identify a purpose (e.g., expressive, expository, persuasive) for writing;
  • generate clear and limited thesis statements;
  • generate supporting details by elaborating on ideas identified in prewriting;
  • identify relationships among ideas and supporting details;
  • develop a working plan to organize their materials; and
  • write introductions and conclusions.


In response to peer and instructor feedback, students will be able to evaluate and revise their drafts in order to ensure that they have

  • developed a clear, narrowly defined thesis;
  • employed enough specific details to support general impressions (for descriptions), main ideas (for exposition), and assertions (for arguments);
  • ordered their ideas in a logical, functional manner;
  • used various rhetorical strategies (e.g., logical, emotional, and ethical appeals) in an effective way.


Through focused proofreading, students will

  • employ effective transitions and connectives between sentences, within paragraphs, and between paragraphs;
  • choose words that are appropriate for the audience and purpose of the essay;
  • correct grammar errors such as run-on sentences, comma splices, fragments, misplaced modifiers, faulty parallelism, and lack of agreement,
  • punctuate, capitalize, and spell properly
  • rewrite sentences in a fluent, mature style with obvious attention to diction, helpful and varied sentence structure, and the elimination of wordiness.


To find help for their writing problems, students will consult, as appropriate,

  • textbooks, handbooks and reference books,
  • instructors,
  • supplemental instructors
  • peers,
  • the Student Learning Center (SLC),
  • computer software.

Objective 2

Students will read college-level texts critically

Students will be able to:

  • summarize and paraphrase passages from an assigned text
  • provide critical commentary and analysis for an assigned text

Objective 3

Students will accurately assess the social context in which they write.

Students will:

  • identify the audience in each writing situation
  • be sensitive to ways in which the audience's attitudes, beliefs, and values are formed by the social environment
  • employ particular strategies to communicate with their intended audience
  • develop awareness of how their own beliefs and ideas are formed by social context.

Objective 4

Students will effectively employ various rhetorical strategies when writing persuasive essays.

In order to achieve this objective, students will:

  • become familiar with basic concepts of rhetoric and persuasion
  • read and discuss essays that model good argumentative writing.  These will be both professional essays and student essays.
  • practice different rhetorical strategies in their informal and formal writing

Objective 5

Students will develop the information literacy and research skills necessary to succeed in college.

Through in-class lectures and discussions, as well as instructional sessions in the library, students will

  • Understand the purpose of research
  • Use library resources, both print and electronic
  • Access electronic databases and scholarly online information by constructing effective search statements and terms
  • Evaluate electronic resources for credibility and value
  • Effectively integrate secondary sources into their own essays
  • Avoid plagiarism, understanding how to properly summarize, paraphrase, and quote sources
  • Create properly formatted citations and a Works Cited page

Objective 6

Students will become autonomous writers, demonstrating a growing independence from the instructor's guidance.

Students will be able to write one or more acceptable essays prior to any formal response by an instructor.

Last Updated 7/1/20

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