This writing course emphasizes the relationship between reading and writing. From readings, writings, and discussions, the student will discover that writing is a process of inventing, planning, drafting, reading critically, revising, editing, and proofreading. When writing essays using such patterns of development as narration, description, compare/ contrast, cause/effect, and argumentation/persuasion, the student will also see the importance of considering purpose, audience, tone, point-of-view, organization, and development.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Demonstrate a growing understanding of their own voice, style, and strengths.
- Use structural conventions such as organization, formatting, paragraphing, and tone.
- Demonstrate control of such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Reflect a recursive composing process across multiple drafts.
- Illustrate multiple strategies of invention, drafting, and revision.
- Show evidence of development through peer review and collaboration.
- Provide an understanding of knowledge as existing within a broader context, including the purpose(s) and audience(s) for which a text may have been constructed.
- Focus on a clear and consistent purpose.
- Analyze and respond to the needs of different audiences.
- Employ a tone consistent with purpose and audiences.
- Use a variety of genres or adapt genres to suit different audiences and purposes.
- Choose evidence and detail consistent with purpose and audience.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Essay 1 (Week 3)
Essay 2 (Week 6)
Essay 3 (Week 8)
- This is an Open Educational Resource Course (OER). There is no required textbook to purchase. All required materials are provided in the course.
Readings and Activites
Topics: Writer's Autobiography and Student Introductions
Topics: Responding to Reading in Narration and Critiquing Partner's Draft
Topics: Strengths and Weaknesses in Writing and Essay 1 Peer Reviews
Topics: Credible Sources and Plagiarism
Topics: Informative Essay Topic and Posting the Draft
Topics: Self-Assessment: Writing Challenges and Peer Review
Topics: Compare/Contrast Essay Topic and Posting the Third Draft
Topics: Course Reflection and Peer Review
* Open Educational Resources (OER) are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are at little or no cost for students.
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.