- First Paragraph: Introduce yourself to the class. After reviewing the assignments listed on the Course Information page, write a brief explanation about how you plan to use your time management skills from your first two classes to help you complete your written assignments. Then, share your feelings regarding writing coming into the class.
- Second Paragraph: Now, we are going to practice some narrative and descriptive writing.
- Write descriptively, using the five senses, about one place that has influenced you in a positive way. You should use descriptions and details to paint a clear picture of this place.
- Course Description:
This introductory writing course is designed to develop and refine students’ analytical and critical writing skills by focusing on the writing process. Students will practice various writing styles, research methods, and critical thinking skills, which will contribute to success in their university courses and their chosen careers.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
- Communicate effectively in written English using various writing styles.
- Identify and demonstrate an ability to use APA styles in academic assignments.
- Incorporate valid, reliable, and academic sources in written work through citations and references.
- Compose and evaluate written work based on primary components, such as clear introductions, effective thesis statements, effective transitions, holistic organization, and conclusions.
- Analyze the value and importance of research skills in academic assignments.
- Kepka, J. (2015). Oregon writes open writing text. Oregon Writes.
This book is available at this link: Oregon WritesOregon Writes – Alternative Formats .
- Jeffrey, R. (2016). About writing: A guide. Oregon Writes.
This book is available at this link: About WritingAbout Writing – Alternative Formats .
- Additional electronic reading, listening, viewing materials are available in each unit of this Blackboard course.
- See the Library Resources item on the course information page in the Blackboard course for information on how to access links to library resources.
- Discussion Boards – 20%
- Descriptive Paragraph – 10%
- Paragraph Assignment – 10%
- Pro and Con of an Issue – 15%
- Argument Essay Introduction-10%
- Knowledge Checks – 15%
- Argument Essay – 20%
- Student Survey*
*To ensure that we continue to meet our academic standards and your learning expectations, we routinely assess our programs, courses, and instructors. Completion of the end-of-course Student Survey is a required component of this course.
Click on the University Policies link in the menu on the left to view current university policies related to Academic Course Engagement, Grading, Academic Dishonesty, and so on.
For the purpose of this course, please note that you may need to access materials through the library. Follow the directions below and, if you have any questions, email your instructor as well as the library staff at [email protected].
- Click on the Library tab at the top of the Blackboard home page.
- Scroll down the page to locate a specific database under the different school sections on this page, or
- To conduct a search using the EBSCO database, you can click on the picture of the eagle at the top of the Library home page.
- Then, type your topic in the eagle’s e-search box.
- Use the drop-down menu to choose between keyword, title, and author.
- Hit the “search” button.
Refer to Tutorials for All Traurig Library Databases to find out more about the different library databases.
Explore how to access all of the databases available through the Library.
Post students have access to Grammarly Premium and Academic Writer. New terminology can be found in Grammarly and Academic Writer links in the Blackboard course.
- Grammarly Premium Setup:
- Sign up for a Grammarly accountwith your name, Post student email, and made-up password.
Discussion Board Criteria
Discussions are a significant part of online learning. Consider this your “in-class time” where you can interact with your classmates and instructors to reflect on what you have learned from the course materials and how it relates specifically to you.
For each unit Discussion forum, you will be graded on the following criteria:
- Initial Post Timing:Initial post must be submitted by Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. EST of each Unit.
- Initial Post Content:Initial response to the discussion prompt(s) should adequately address the topic(s) and be relevant.
- Number of Replies: In addition to your initial post, post at least two (2) other replies to your classmates and/or instructor by 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday of each Unit.
- Continuing the Discussion:This requirement can be demonstrated in your replies through personal experiences or connections to the course materials. Bring your personal experiences into the conversation, or introduce additional resources, or post thoughtful questions that generate new ideas.
- Professional Communication:All discussion posts should be civil and professional in addition to using proper spelling, grammar, and sentence structure.
Please review the following grading criteria: Discussion Board Grading Rubric – 20 points Discussion Board Grading Rubric – 20 points – Alternative Formats
You also can review these suggested tips and examples of discussion board posts (please do not use them in your own discussion board submissions): ENG 110 DB Example Posting ENG 110 DB Example Posting – Alternative Formats
Your course assignments will require you to submit your work as a Word document or PDF through assignment submission links in the units. Review the following resources for submitting an assignment in Blackboard:
- Tutorial for Submitting an Assignment in Blackboard
- Download and save this document for future reference – Assignment Submission in BlackboardAssignment Submission in Blackboard – Alternative Formats
Below is the information you will need to complete each of the assignments for this course. See the file attached for each assignment containing information for each assignment with the grading rubric, as well as the due date.
- Unit 1 Assignment- Descriptive Paragraph Unit 1 Assignment- Descriptive Paragraph – Alternative Formats
- Due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday at the end of Unit 1
- Unit 2 Assignment – Supported Paragraph Unit 2 Assignment – Supported Paragraph – Alternative Formats
- Due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday at the end of Unit 2
- Unit 4 Assignment – Pros and Cons of an Issue Unit 4 Assignment – Pros and Cons of an Issue – Alternative Formats
- Due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday at the end of Unit 4
- Unit 5 Assignment-Argument Essay introduction Unit 5 Assignment-Argument Essay introduction – Alternative Formats
- Due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday at the end of Unit 5
- Unit 7 Assignment – Argument Essay Unit 7 Assignment – Argument Essay – Alternative Formats
- Due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday at the end of Unit 7