Composition and Rhetoric

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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.



  • 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.

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