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StrayerLogoHoriz_RGB ENG 115 – English Composition

(Prerequisite: Placement or ENG 090)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course emphasizes the principles of writing coherent expository essays in various modes. The course reinforces and emphasizes the concept of writing as a process: developing and narrowing a topic, logically organizing ideas, drafting, and revising. The course introduces the process of using sources to support ideas and documentation of sources in accordance with citation styles.

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Required Resources

Soomo Learning (2017). The writer’s guide [webtext]. Asheville, NC: Soomo Learning.

(Note: A student code is REQUIRED and must be purchased through the Strayer Bookstore. The Strayer Bookstore will distribute this code to each registered student’s email address. Students should check their junk mail folder as well as their Inbox folder for the transmission.)

University Resources

Grammarly.com: Instant Grammar Checker. General format. Retrieved from

http://www.grammarly.com/

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab. (2011). General format. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Tutor.com, found under the “Tutoring” tab on your Blackboard Homepage. Note: As a Strayer

student, you receive 10 free hours every quarter of 24/7 live tutoring.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

· Apply the writing process to brainstorm, research topics, create drafts, and revise and edit work.

· Develop a powerful and appropriate voice in written communication by setting the purpose and knowing the audience.

· Use the elements of storytelling to convey information, to construct meaning, and to create a connection with an audience.

WEEKLY COURSE SCHEDULE

The standard requirement for a 4.5 credit hour course is for students to spend 13.5 hours in weekly work. This includes preparation, activities, and evaluation regardless of delivery mode.

Week Preparation, Activities, and Evaluation Points
1 Words are Powerful and Personal

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 1: Words are Powerful and Personal

Note: The Soomo webtext is an interactive eBook that you will access through your course. You must purchase an access code at the Strayer Bookstore. There are 27 points awarded per week for activities completed in the webtext and you will have until Week 11 to complete the activities in Soomo.

Discuss

· Discussion: Introductions

Assignment

· Assignment 1: Personal Essay is due in Week 3

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

10

4

2 First Step, Structure

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 2: First Step, Structure

Discuss

· Discussion: Thesis Statement Peer Review

Assignment

· Assignment 1: Personal Essay is due in Week 3

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

4

3 Drafting a Fearless First Draft

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 3: Drafting a Fearless First Draft

Discuss

· Discussion: The Writing Process and You

Assignment

· Assignment 1: Personal Essay is due this week

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

100

4

4 Writing Is Everyone’s Business

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 4: Writing Is Everyone’s Business

Discuss

· Discussion: Point of View

Assignment

· Assignment 2: Step 1: Informative Essay – Draft is due in Week 5

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

4

5 Know Your Audience

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 5: Know Your Audience

Discuss

· Discussion: Thesis Statement and Body Paragraph

Assignment

· Assignment 2: Step 1: Informative Essay – Draft is due this week

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

50

4

6 It Keeps Getting Better

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 6: It Keeps Getting Better

Discuss

· Discussion: Writing and You

Assignment

· Assignment 2: Step 2: Informative Essay – Revision is due in Week 7

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

4

7 Make Your Case

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 7: Make Your Case

Discuss

· Discussion: Writing Check-In

Assignment

· Assignment 2: Step 2: Informative Essay – Revision is due this week

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

150

4

8 It’s All in the Details

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 8: It’s All in the Details

Discuss

· Discussion: Voice, Tone, and Point of View

Assignment

· Assignment 3: Stance Essay is due in Week 10

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

4

9 The Power of Editing

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 9: The Power of Editing

Discuss

· Discussion: Writing Check-in

Assignment

· Assignment 3: Stance Essay is due in Week 10

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

4

10 Making Sense of It All

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 10: Making Sense of It All

Discuss

· Discussion: Revisions

Assignment

· Assignment 3: Stance Essay is due this week

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

27

14

230

4

11 Don’t Forget the Grammar

Learn

· Soomo Webtext

· Week 11: Don’t Forget the Grammar

Discuss

· Discussion: Your Words Have Power

Reflect

· Reflection and Feedback

14

10

Assignment Total Points % of

Grade

Soomo Webtext Participation (up to 27 points per week) 270 27%
Assignment 1: Personal Essay 100 10%
Assignment 2: Step 1: Informative Essay – Draft 50 5%
Assignment 2: Step 2: Informative Essay – Revision 150 15%
Assignment 3: Stance Essay 230 23%
Participation (11 discussions: 10 points for Week 1 and 14 points each for Weeks 2-11) 150 15%
Reflect Questions (11 reflections: 4 points each for Weeks 1-10 and 10 points for Week 11) 50 5%
Totals 1,000 100%
Points Percentage Grade
900 – 1,000 90% – 100% A
800 – 899 80% – 89% B
700 – 799 70% – 79% C
600 – 699 60% – 69% D
Below 600 Below 60% F

It takes practice to become an effective written communicator. In this course, you will practice writing effectively for different purposes.

Identify a topic from the list below. Each topic identifies an issue that you will investigate over the 11-week term. Throughout this course, you will discuss why you chose the topic, research and inform the reader about the topic, and then propose a way to address the issue.

Point of View: Use First Person POV, i.e. “I,” for the personal essay. Use Third Person POV, i.e. “he/she/they,” for the informative and stance essays. Do not use the Second Person POV, “you.”

Topic list: Choose ONE topic to write about throughout the course.

1. Treating Animals Humanely

2. Finding Child Care

3. Working Remotely

4. Monitoring Toddlers and Technology

5. Examining Reality TV

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