Foundations of Composition I
- Course Number:
- WR 121L
- Transcript Title:
- Foundations Composition I
- Sep 23, 2022
- May 03, 2023
- Total Credits:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture / Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
- Satisfies General Education requirement:
- Grading Options
- A-F, P/NP
- Default Grading Options
- Repeats available for credit:
Focuses on the foundational skills, concepts, and communication needed to be successful in Composition I. Provides appropriate support in writing, critical reading, and study skills in an interactive setting. Co-requisite: WR 121Z.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage with the concepts and skills needed in WR 121Z.
- Utilize study habits and learning strategies that promote success in WR 121Z.
Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies
The determination of assessment strategies is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: writings (journals, self-reflections, pre writing exercises, essays), quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, group projects, presentations (in person, videos, etc), self-assessments, experimentations, lab reports, peer critiques, responses (to texts, podcasts, videos, films, etc), student generated questions, Escape Room, interviews, and/or portfolios.
Course Activities and Design
The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.
Outcome #1: Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage with the concepts and skills needed in WR 121Z.
- Read closely to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
- Targeted close reading (includes focused examination of textual features such as syntax, diction, argument, plot, organization, etc.)
- Summaries of Model Texts
- Reading Analysis and Responses
- Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts.
- Generating ideas (includes brainstorming, free-write, research, interviews)
- Thesis development/clarity of focus
- Drafting essays in different genres
- Editing and Revising (including critiquing peer essays, analyzing comments, formulating a global revision and editing plan)
- Presentation of ideas using academic standards
- Write clear and coherent essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate evidence in support of a thesis.
- Organizing ideas for different genres (graphic organizers, outlines, etc.)
- Paragraph development (integrating and explicating evidence, creating topic sentences)
- Editing and Revising (i.e. revising organization using reverse outlines)
- Research, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.
- Use of CGCC library resources: books, journals, databases, videos
- Evaluation activities (CRAAP test, etc.)
- Identification and use of scholarly sources
- Citing sources via MLA or APA style
- Write and revise coherent essays using MLA format.
- Use MLA style guides to evaluate various resources for publication information
- Identify the variance in citation based on form (books, journals, databases, videos, interviews, etc.)
- Integrate and cite evidence into essays using MLA format.
- Revision of both in-text citation and works cited from rough to final drafts
Outcome #2: Utilize study habits and learning strategies that promote success in WR 121Z through student self-assessment.
- Time management and scheduling
- Organization for learning and reviewing / portfolios
- Self-reflection and student skill self-assessment
- Writing skills for composition and other studies
- Effectively using on-line homework systems and Learning Management Systems
Suggested Texts and Materials
- Shane Abrams. EmpoWORD: A Student-Centered Anthology and Handbook for College Writers
- Andrew Guervich, Composition in Cultural Contexts
- Melanie Gagich & Emilie Zickel, A Guide to Rhetoric, Genre, and Success in First-Year Writing
- Blueprint for Success in College: Indispensable Study Skills and Time Management Strategies