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What is English 101: Composition and Critical Inquiry?
The point of Composition and Critical Inquiry is to help you become more critical and proficient consumers and producers of texts. Thus, this course is designed to:
Writing for academic situations and for professional situations beyond college demands that you be a critical thinker and successful writer. As yo will discover, superficial thinking and the kind of drafts that grow out of it are almost never sufficient in these situations. In this class, you will be encouraged to challenge your own thinking and the thinking of your classmates; to identify, read, and consider other writers' perspecitives on your topics; to analyze your audiences' knowledge and opinions; and to think critically about each new rhetorical situation in which you find yourself. By doing these things, you will become more critical thinkers and, hence, more powerful readers, producers, and revisers of texts. You will also learn how to think critically and analytically about yourself as a writer so that you can continue to develop throughout your life.
Why is this course required of all first-year students?
Reading, thinking, researching, and writing are skills that underpin nearly everything you will do in college and in the rest of your professional life. This course offers you a chance to develop the skills and strategies you need for critical reading, analytical thinking, successful researching, and proficient writing so that you will be better prepared to succeed as a student and a professional. As all writing classes are taught in networked computer classrooms, you will learn how to use the latest technology and be able to use computer technology effectively in other classes. We expect that you will also take this opportunity to think critically about technology and the role it plays in your thinking, writing, and research.
Who teaches this course and how do they teach?
Your instructor for Composition and Critical Inquiry is specially trained to teach writing at the college level. All teachers in the course are writers themselves, and each has serve an apprenticeship to become a more expert teacher of writing. All new teachers take a seminar in the teaching of writing, and all teachers attend monthly professional development events. Every instructor will follow a standard syllabus, but specific assignments and activities may vary from teacher to teacher. Still, everyone in the course will do the same amount of writing, revising, and research; and all students will write extensive analytical essays at the end of the course.
What will I have to do in this course?
In this course, you will be expected to engage in the kind of extensive, critical work that experienced writers undertake every time they produce a text. Briefly, you will
What do I need to do to be successful in Composition and Critical Inquiry?
Success in Composition and Critical Inquiry depends on your developing as a thinker, researcher, writer, and user of technology. In order to develop in these ways, you will need to:
Note: Your final portfolio will be worth 100%
of your grade in this class. Please see the grading standards for the
portfolio at the back of the Course Guide for an explanation
of how your work will be assessed, and note that the work is cumulative,
and an incomplete portfolio cannot receive a grade higher than a "D".