Composition I for Transfers

English 190: Composition I for Transfer Students


Students taking English 190: Composition I for Transfer Students will work toward strengthening their respective abilities to read and write with clarity and confidence. Vital for individual successes in this class will be the ability to understand, interpret, and analyze information as presented through thoughtfully crafted assignments and accompanying readings and then commit to writing about these ideas and readings with an editorial eye for precision.

Course Details

Instruction Begins: Monday, January 11, 2021

Last Day of Instruction: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Class Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Time: 12:30 AM to 1:15 PM

Course Type: Online Synchronous

Meeting Venue: Zoom (face-to-face, recorded Zoom class sessions)

Assignment and Due Date Venue: Google Classroom

Course Text: How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide by Laura Brown (ISBN: 978-0-393-35518-5 $24.95)

Course Online Learning: Packback

Class Session Design

The way I have planned this course is to include a “hybrid” element allowing for some time zone flexibility and also a Friday “writing workshop.”

I will hold Monday and Wednesday Zoom class sessions, which I will record and post in our Google Classroom. Students registering for this course will need to be present for these Monday and Wednesday Zoom class sessions.

On Fridays during class time, I will open up a virtual “writing workshop” during which time students can meet with me, meet with peers, or simply join the Zoom session to dedicate focused time for writing along with me and classmates.

Overriding Teaching Goals

Throughout our time together in English 190: Composition I, I will focus on a number of areas with all students’ individual skills and interests in mind. My commitment as the instructor for this course is to do the following:

  • Invite students, through major and minor writing assignments, to work with me as their instructor and editor to become the best writers they can be
  • Assist students, through the process of writing and revision, to learn more about writing well than ever before and provide them with line edits so as to teach them, or remind them, of every element involved with writing well at the college level
  • Instruct students regarding how to compose written work so as to achieve a specific purpose and respond adeptly to an identifiable audience and to use effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading in order to produce quality finished prose
  • Encourage students to compose writing that makes use of substantial source material that is relevant and reliable and that is integrated in accordance with an appropriate style guide and that expresses their respective viewpoints and that is supplemented by outside sources
  • Guide students toward putting into practice the basic concept of what makes strong writing—organization, complexity of thought, substantiality of development, facility with language, and strong grammar and usage—and how to achieve such writing through a contemplative and artful process
  • Work with students so as to guide them regarding the use of scholarly sources within their written work and to further understand general principles and practice regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage within the English language and how to apply these principles while crafting powerful, clear, and concise rhetorical patterns in their own writing

Please know that I understand that students enrolled in English 190 have a range of interests and major areas of study along with individual circumstances for taking this course. I promise that you will glean a great deal of valuable information about writing well during the semester with your individual needs and wishes at the forefront of my mind.

Any questions can be directed to me through email ( or a phone call (808) 349-5046.