English 110 is a course that will enable students to organize their thoughts and ideas in the form of written arguments for a variety of audiences. The course will introduce a vocabulary and writing process designed to help students improve their reading, writing, and thinking skills as part of Monmouth College’s Communication Across the Curriculum program.
English 110 also includes five shared essays. Over the course of the term, students in all sections will write an in-class diagnostic essay, three regular essays, a research paper, and a final assessment essay (part of the final exam) as well as numerous informal pieces. The main focus of the course will be writing and critical reading. The assignments students are given will gradually increase in their degree of difficulty. All essays will be thesis-based arguments evaluated by a shared rubric, but later essays will require more sophisticated manipulation of rhetorical/developmental strategies.
A. Use the steps in the writing process to compose well-reasoned, informed arguments.
B. Identify and use developmental and organizational strategies for effective thesis-focused writing.
C. Write college-level essays characterized by appropriate word choice and diction, standard usage, spelling, and mechanics.
D. Practice effective critical and close reading strategies in nonfiction essays.