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English Composition I Syllabus

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The College at Southeastern | Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Accredited by SACS
ENG 1110 – English Composition I – 3 credit hours
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.

Course Description 

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.  

Course Materials

  • Required  
    • 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
  • Required
    • 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

C. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Illustrated First Edition): 100th Anniversary OZ Collection by L. Frank Baum

D. The Pilgrim's Progress: A Readable Modern-Day Version of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (Revised and easy-to-read) (The Pilgrim's Progress Series) by Bunyan, John


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


  • Suggested resource: 
    • 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
  • Suggested resource: 
    • 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%

 Course Summary: 

Date Details
Sat Aug 22, 2020 Assignment Opening Discussion
Assignment Plagiarism Policy Assignment
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #1 - Student Biography
Sat Aug 29, 2020 Assignment Ch1: Dialectic Discussion, Argument or Assertion
Sat Sep 12, 2020 Assignment Ch 2: Dialectic Discussion, Importance of Reading
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #2 - Expanded Biography
Sat Sep 19, 2020 Assignment Ch 3: Dialectic Discussion, Social Topics
Assignment Prove Your Knowledge #1
Sat Sep 26, 2020 Assignment Ch 4: Dialectic Discussion, Spark an Idea
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #3- Q1 Persuasive Essay
Sat Oct 3, 2020 Assignment Ch 5: Dialectic Discussion, Cooking Ingredient
Assignment Prove Your Knowledge #2
Sat Oct 10, 2020 Assignment Ch 6: Dialectic Discussion, Writing Introductions
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #4 - Mid-Term Paper
Sat Oct 17, 2020 Assignment Ch 7: Dialectic Discussion, Ethos, Pathos, Logos Appeal
Assignment Prove Your Knowledge #3
Sat Oct 24, 2020 Assignment Ch 8: Dialectic Discussion, Supporting Evidence
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #5- Print Media Analysis
Sat Oct 31, 2020 Assignment Ch 9: Dialectic Discussion, Fruits of the Spirit
Assignment Prove Your Knowledge #4
Sat Nov 7, 2020 Assignment Ch 10: Dialectic Discussion, Examples
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #6- Q2 Persuasive Essay
Sat Nov 14, 2020 Assignment Prove Your Knowledge #5
Sat Nov 21, 2020 Assignment Ch 11: Dialectic Discussion, Writing Transitions
Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #7 - Christ Figures
Sat Dec 5, 2020 Assignment Ch 12: Dialectic Discussion, Writing Conclusions
Assignment Prove Your Knowledge #6
Sat Dec 12, 2020 Assignment Rhetoric Assignment #8- Final Paper

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