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Revision Date: 07-Mar-14

ENG-1061-VS01 - English Composition

Synonym: 124693
Location: Springfield
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 05:30PM - 09:00PM
Semester Dates: 05-21-2014 to 08-06-2014
Faculty: John Ellsworth | View Faculty Credentials
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Materials/Lab Fees: $0

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 or an implied 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.


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Course Outline

ENGLISH 1061       Summer 2014      Course Outline*                             John Ellsworth


Week                                      Content                                                         Text/Work



Introductory course overview; diagnostic essay





Essay organization review; Style & precision;

Narration & Description


-       Reader: Read ix-xviii, 2-5, Hurston (6-8), Vowell (69-75), and Sedaris (76-77); Read Barry (handout) and Orwell (handout).

-       Read Writer’s Reference 281-286 & 376-388




 ESSAY (1) - Narration & Description-DUE* *A chance to develop and demonstrate the use of storytelling techniques and descriptive detail to capture and sustain the reader’s interest*


Flawless writing,


- -*Draft Narration and Description Essay due*

- Reader: Read 268-271, McCullough (288-289), Quindlen (303-305); Read Jefferson (handout); Read WR 388-391; look over (for class discussion) 392-398; read 398-399; look over (discussion) 400-411; read 412-419; look over 420-428; know that the sample research paper (435-440) exists.



Review Persuasion

Narration & Description Essay due; *Draft Persuasion Essay due* Reader: Read 165-167, Eighner (168-179), Mitford (188-195); Read Saukko (handout).





*ESSAY (2) – PERSUASION-DUE* *A chance to incorporate techniques of direct debate to put across a cogent point

Process Analysis

Persuasion Essay due *Draft Process Analysis Essay due*
: Read 216-219, Tannen (233-243), Barry (244-246), and Britt (228—230); Read Twain (handout) and Barry (handout)




 Library orientation, Process Analysis

*ESSAY (3)  – PROCESS ANALYSIS - DUE* *A chance to develop and demonstrate the use of step-by-step delivery to explain a process*


- Process Analysis Essay due *Draft Comparison and Contrast Essay due* *Research questions DUE for approval* Library.

Read Trillin (handout) and Baker (handout).







Comparison & Contrast

-Comparison & Contrast Essay due

Reader: Read 247-250, Ericsson (256-266) and Jennings (290-299); Read  Orwell “Politics” (handout)






 *A chance for students to develop and demonstrate a systematic comparison of two entities*

Division & Classification


*Draft Division & Classification due* Reader: Read Pollan (53-68) and Zinsser (117-120); Read Tan (handout) and Tannen (handout).




*ESSAY (5) - DIVISION & CLASSIFICATION – DUE* *A chance for students to develop and demonstrate the systematic presentation of component categories of an appropriate subject*




 Division & Classification Essay due
 *Draft Definition Essay due*

Reader: Read Vail (212-215); Read Winn (handout)  WR: Review MLA documentation chapters (369-440)



*ESSAY (6) – DEFINITION – DUE* *A chance for students to develop and demonstrate the isolation and delineation of the essence of a chosen subject*

Cause & Effect


Definition Essay due

*Draft Research Paper due*
: Read Staples (121-124); Read Gould “Women’s Brains” (handout) and Vidal (handout)




*RESEARCH PAPER DUE* Students will demonstrate the skills acquired herein with respect to rhetorical effectiveness and continuity in a thoroughly researched and properly documented, interesting college level sustained essay.*

Cause and Effect

Research Paper due, *Draft Cause & Effect essay due*

Read Gould “Carrie Buck’s Daughter” (handout).  Review for final exams




*A chance for students to examine or apply the theory of cause and effect as it may pertain to a chosen topic*
Final Exams and Writing Folders*

Cause & Effect essay due;



Note: There are seven shorter essay due dates.  Students must write the first shorter essay, but you should write only four shorter essays altogether.  YOU MAY CHOOSE WHICH OTHER THREE due dates work best for you.  The Research Paper is mandatory - of course.

     *The instructor reserves the right to adjust dates and assignments in response to the needs of the class.

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.

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