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ENGL 100
Basic Expository Writing

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:50

Focuses on development of critical thinking and composition of well-developed paragraphs and essays. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 099. Formerly ENG 100.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • a basic understanding of the writing process:
    1. use freewriting, brainstorming.
    2. identify and use the basic principles of outlining; differentiate primary support from secondary support.
    3. use drafting, revising, editing, proofreading.

  • a basic understanding of skills needed to write paragraphs and short essays:
    1. have a working knowledge of basic essay structure.
    2. identify what a paragraph is, determine when to paragraph, and write a well-developed paragraph.
    3. identify and compose a thesis sentence and understand the importance of a well-written thesis sentence.
    4. identify and compose a topic sentence and understand the importance of a well-written topic sentence.
    5. identify and use diction that is appropriate for academic and professional writing.
    6. improve a sentence so that the thought is more clearly expressed.

  • an understanding of basic grammar conventions and mechanics (for the purpose of improving basic sentence skills):
    1. identify and use basic English terminology, from elementary parts of speech to general composition terms to names for punctuation marks (subject, verb, clause, independent clause, subordinate or dependent clause, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, verb tense, sentence, paragraph, topic sentence, comma, quotation marks, etc.).
    2. define what constitutes an English sentence; identify a sentence and name its requirements; express a thought clearly in a sentence.
    3. detect inappropriate grammar by being familiar enough with good English usage so that the ear catches blatant grammatical errors.
    4. demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of capitalization and punctuation.
    5. correctly spell commonly used words and understand how to use a dictionary to check the spelling of infrequently used words.

  • students should also be able to:
    1. understand and apply WWCC's Writing Rubric.
    2. apply computer skills necessary to produce presentable essays (including appropriate font, font size, spacing, margins, title, and heading).
    3. distinguish between abstract or general statements and specific or concrete detail.
    4. develop aspects of critical thinking and logic.
    5. establish appropriate audience and tone for academic writing.
    6. write in a filled classroom for an entire class period.

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.