Composition I


By the end of the semester
students will be better prepared to conduct and present research throughout the
rest of their university career and beyond. 
Expository writing skills—the kind of argumentative writing required in
a university-level study will improve. 
Students will be better able to read texts for deep meaning, to think
critically, and to question what you read. 
As your skills in these areas improve, you will learn the value of
writing as a tool to help make sense of your thoughts, and you will come to
enjoy writing (if you don’t already). In order to hone your writing skills and
focus, we will utilize autobiography and biography as tools for exploring
yourself and others.


Learning objectives for
student writing are listed as follows:

  • Integration of
    complex ideas from academic and public writing with own experience and
  • Understanding of
    research as a complex and involved process.
  • Proper use of
    sources ranging from the library to personal interviews, including
    documentation of such sources.
  • Development of
    complex ideas in various genres appropriate for various audiences.
  • Understanding of
    writing in a social context, as part of a larger academic or public discourse.Use of logic to
    analyze and effectively argue a position.
  • Understanding of
    writing as a process involving reflection, response from others, self-analysis,
    and revision.
  • Proper control
    of such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.



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