English Composition I Syllabus
Accredited by SACS
15-week course; Fall or Spring Semester
Prerequisites / Prior Skills & Knowledge
Students should have had prior exposure to demonstrating critical thinking skills, generating new ideas relevant to a given topic, expressing opinions on key issues and concerns, analyzing and evaluating source material, providing an argument with supporting evidence, and presenting evidence to defend an argument.
Composition I is a study of the skills essential to effective composition with special emphasis on the writing process, the principles of proper paragraph development, and logical argumentation. Assignments focus on how to analyze texts, compose an argument, and communicate appropriately to target readers.
Student Learning Outcomes / Objectives By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Apply strategies of argument, starting with viewing the analysis essay as a question-answer genre, mode of inquiry, and writing process addressing significant questions
- Build effective paragraphs with evidence by analyzing written and visual texts
- Evaluate arguments by recognizing appeals and fallacies of ethos, pathos, and logos
- Integrate primary and secondary sources into sentences and paragraphs
- Apply Turabian/Chicago style formatting, citation, source integration, and conventions
- Write with appropriately clear and correct grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
Communication Policy / Upload Criteria
Electronic Upload: Students will upload their assignments through Canvas by Instructure, a college-level learner management system (LMS). Acceptable file formats are pdf, doc, and docx.
The Assessor will leave feedback with a grade for each rhetoric assignment while suggesting areas for further improvement in subsequent assignments. Assessors will challenge students to achieve college level writing standards and demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- Title: Academic Writing and the Emerging Scholar by Gentry Sutton and Dalene Fisher
- Copyright: 2018 by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa
- ISBN: 978-1-5249-8040-5
- Title: The Office of Assertion by Scott Crider
- Copyright: 2014 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
- ISBN: 978-1-4976-4676-6
- eISBN: 1497646766
Midterm Essay from Source - Choose one of the following:
A. The Call of the Wild Illustrated: with illustrations and annotations by Jack London
B. My Ántonia (Dover Thrift Editions) by Willa Cather
Final Essay from Source - Choose one of the following:
A. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mark Twain
B. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
C. Pinocchio (Illustrated) by Carlo Collodi
D. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes
- Title: TRIVIUM TABLES®: ENGLISH GRAMMAR, A must-have study tool for learning the basic principles of the English language
This handy, notebook-sized reference tool will prepare your students for the English and Latin seminars in challenge. It covers all 112 sentence types in the English language, diagramming sentence structure, purposes, and patterns.
- 8 x 10.5 accordion-folded, laminated
- 8 panels
- © 2011
- Title: TRIVIUM TABLES®: RHETORIC, An essential reference tool for teaching the principles of rhetoric.
This convenient reference tool helps students develop a deeper understanding of the five canons of rhetoric.
- 8 x 10.5 accordion fold, laminated
- 8 panels
- © 2014
Academic Procedures & Policies
- Grades are determined by student’s submission of all assignments and all work shown uploaded together in one document.
- Late policy - Any assignment submitted after the designated due date without prior approval from the professor, will receive a 0% grade.
- Academic Honesty - Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses. In particular, students are to refrain from any form of cheating or plagiarism. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course and may lead to disciplinary action.
NOTE: Southeastern Seminary policy states, “In no case may a student merely copy and paste any material from one paper to another without the prior written permission of the instructor. In the rare case when a student is given permission to use his/her own scholarly work in subsequent research, the student must still cite his/her previous coursework as an unpublished paper. Failure to follow these guidelines constitutes plagiarism, and all appropriate penalties will apply.
Grade to Percentage Breakdown / Grading Scale
A = 90% - 100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = 0% - 59%