Composition and RhetoricBack to Course Guide
The course presents the proper use of the English language through standard expository writing. Topics include the elements of writing as well as the practice of effective rhetorical writing.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Recognizing the stages of the writing process.
- Identifying appropriate audiences for composition.
- Identifying and correcting the major grammatical and mechanical errors in the construction of sentences. These include sentence fragments, run-on sentences, improper agreement, parallelism, and shifting tense.
- Using standard punctuation and writing in standard English without recourse to colloquialisms.
- Selecting precise words and phrases to express ideas in a paragraph.
- Identifying techniques that contribute to the unity of sentences within paragraphs and of paragraphs within completed essays.
- Developing unity within an essay by means of an outline.
- Defining the purpose of the topic in a paragraph.
- Formulating essays that address topics in a variety of subject areas.
- Writing the introduction to an essay that includes a thesis sentence.
- Expanding the text of an essay by illustration and example.
- Writing effective concluding paragraphs.
- Revising a rough draft of an original essay.
- Completing a final, original essay based on the five-paragraph format.
- Evaluating peer essays for effective expository writing and recommending corrective procedures for revising them.