San José State University
English 1A: Composition I, Section 4
English 1A is the first course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division
composition sequence; it provides an introduction to baccalaureate-level composition, with
attention to the “personal voice” and personal experience, on the one hand, and the more formal
attitudes and demands of writing at the university (expository and argumentative essays), on the
other. Students will develop college-level reading abilities, rhetorical sophistication, and writing
styles that give form and coherence to complex ideas and feelings.
Passage of the English Proficiency Test (EPT), or passage of an approved
substitute course for the EPT.
Texts (Available in the Spartan Bookstore)
The Bedford Handbook
(Seventh Edition), by Diana Hacker (Bedford/St. Martin's)
The Seagull Reader: Essays
, edited by Joseph Kelly (WW Norton)
Students shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate college-
level proficiency in
of the following:
Clear and effective communication of meaning
An identifiable focus, tailored to a particular audience and purpose (argumentative essays
will state their thesis clearly and show an awareness, implied or stated, of some opposing
point of view).
The ability to perform effectively the essential steps of the writing process (prewriting,
organizing, composing, revising, and editing).
The ability to explain, analyze, develop, and criticize ideas effectively.
Effective use within their own essays of supporting material drawn from reading or other
Effective organization within the paragraph and the essay.
Accuracy, variety, and clarity of sentences.
Instructor: Dr. Mark Dowdy
Office Location: Faculty Offices 218
Office hours: MW 9:00
– 10:00 a.m., M 3-4 pm.
Class Days/Times – MW 7:30 -8:45 a.m.
(or by appointment)
Classroom: BBC 221
GE/SJSU Studies Category: GE Area A2