English 110: English Composition
Tentative Syllabus for Fall, 2007
207 Chryst Hall
T 12-2:30, Th 12:30-2:30, and by appointment
Welcome to English Composition!
English Composition is designed to develop students’ writing across
different writing contexts, particularly in the academic, work, and public discourse communities.
course of the semester, students will write four major papers where they will learn to critically analyze and
interpret writing situations and to develop the skills to make effective writing choices for these particular
Specifically, students will (1) read selections about these three communities to learn about their
values, assumptions, and concerns, (2) read and find examples that illustrate how these values, assumptions,
and concerns take shape in writing, and (3) write their own texts to enter into the conversations of these
The goals of the course are for students to develop the following:
the skills to understand, interpret, and define writing situations
and to make effective choices of content, form, focus, organization, audience, conventions,
and language use in such situations
the skills to read, write, and think critically
the skills to apply theoretical writing concepts to practical writing situations
the skills to identify and apply writing conventions specific to certain communities and
to identify and apply those conventions that transfer across communities
the skills to frame and pursue questions for investigation and to research topics
systematically and comprehensively
the skills to evaluate writing and to identify and apply necessary revisions for effective
the understanding that writing is a process, that writing is necessarily part of a larger
context or practice, and that writing can be used to effect change
Lauer, J., et al.
Four Worlds of Writing:
Inquiry and Action in Context
Pearson Custom Publishing.
Grades will be determined primarily from the following two areas:
Grades will also be affected by the following two areas: