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Revision Date: 04-Jan-16

English Composition

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Semester Dates: Faculty: Not Yet Assigned | View Faculty Credentials

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Course Description:

In this course, students develop effective composition skills and research techniques. Students learn strategies for organizing, evaluating, and revising their work through extensive reading of a variety of essay styles and literary texts; apply writing and research techniques to their papers; and demonstrate proficiency in first-year college-level writing and information literacy.

Essential Objectives:

1. Consistently apply an appropriate writing process that includes planning, drafting, revising and editing.
2. Demonstrate in written work an awareness of the relationship among writer, subject, audience, and purpose.
3. Demonstrate writing proficiency with a range of rhetorical approaches to include narration, exposition, argument, and critical analysis and recognize the stylistic and structural strategies in the writing of others.
4. Focus written work around an explicit central thesis, a position statement or proposition advanced by the writer that is arguable and supportable and develop the thesis systematically, using specific details and supporting evidence.
5. Compose written work that demonstrates effective use of sentence structure, paragraphing, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.
6. Collect, organize, and use a variety of traditional and electronic resources, critically evaluating information.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in research writing skills by completing one or more papers that:
a) Develop and support an arguable thesis in written work;
b) Collect, organize, evaluate and use a variety of traditional and electronic resources;
c) Incorporate relevant information and sources into written work; and
d) Appropriately acknowledge and document sources, using standard MLA or APA styles.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

There is a lot to learn in English Composition I, and we will be very busy for the twelve weeks of the summer session.  We'll use every minute of our class time in hopes that concentration there will make the at-home preparation easier and briefer.  Built into the end of every class will be some time to start on the next week's assignments; this will hopefully be useful since the instructor will be present to clarify assignments and answer any questions that might arise.  This would also be a time to get extra help if needed.

Here are the texts for English Composition.  You will need all of them for the first class.

Alberico, Jennifer, et al.  The English Composition Reader. 2nd ed. Acton, MA: XanEdu, 2014.

     ISBN: 9781583901465

Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. A Pocket Style Manual. 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 
     ISBN: 9781457642326 

Nist, Sherrie L. Advancing Vocabulary Skills, Short Version. 4th ed. West Berlin, NJ: Townsend Press,

     2010.  ISBN: 1591941946.



The methods and materials for English Composition I will include weekly writing and reading assignments. Writing will be in a variety of forms such as but not limited to journals/reading logs and pre-writing activities, formal essays, research assignments, and a mini research project.  Students will read essays and other writings in order to explore writing possibilities, study different writing styles, and develop/hone critical analysis skills.  They will work in collaborative groups for peer review of each other's work and will also work on their own to improve self-editing skills.  Students will review grammar/punctuation conventions weekly and study related topics in-depth as needed.  Finally, there will be work on vocabulary development.

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance and class preparation and participation are integral parts of this class.  Please arrive on time for each class with homework preparations completed; bring appropriate textbooks, homework, notes, writing implements, and anything else you need to succeed in class that day.

Your grade will be derived from the following components:  attendance, class participation (which requires complete homework preparation), formal essays, informal essays and/or journals, grammar review assignments and quizzes, vocabulary homework assignments and quizzes, oral presentations, mini research project (whose preparation entails completion of research-oriented homework tasks).

The final grade will be derived using the following weighting of components:

  5%          Attendance

  5%          Class Participation   (participation in in-class discussions, writings, peer review, and other activities. Thorough out-of-class preparation is required to achieve this.)

10%          Journals (10) - reading logs and examinations of personal writing strategies

  5%          Grammar and Commonly Confused Words' Review and Quizzes

55%          Formal Essays (6): 

                 Description (5%),

                 Personal narrative (10%)

                 Definition (5%)

                 Comparison/contrast (10%)

                 Cause/Effect (5%)

                 Mini research paper using argumentation (20%)

  5%         Homework Tasks (10) - have to do with mini research essay tasks

  5%          Oral Presentations (3)

10%          Vocabulary homework and quizzes (2)

Evaluation of Essays

Grading details and/or rubrics will accompany essay assignments.

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Summer 2016 textbook data will be uploaded on May 3. We strongly suggest that you verify the information below with our online bookseller EdMap before purchasing textbooks from another vendor. If your course is at the Winooski center, check the UVM Bookstore for textbook and pricing information.

A Pocket Style Manual, ISBN: 9781457642326,    $36.46

English Composition ReaderCCV Custom Text, ISBN: 9781583901465,    $53.66

Advancing Vocabulary Skills, Short Version, ISBN: 9781591941941,    $13.62

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV.  Please be aware that missing more than two (2) classes may result in a non-satisfactory grade.  Students on financial aid (grants and/or loans) should be aware that they could lose their financial aid by missing multiple classes.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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