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Effective: Summer 2016

Corequisites: Corequisites: ENGL 110 and 209.
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
6 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will be able to Identify their particular learning style, strengths, and weaknesses using writing assessment and learning styles inventory
  • The student will be able to develop writing strategies and compensatory techniques focusing on structure, content and analysis.
Description -
A paragraph development class with an emphasis on writing concisely with correct grammar. Provides support and instruction to students in remedial English courses who struggle with basic reading and writing skills. Focus on research, reading comprehension, content development, and writing structure.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Write short essay which includes
    1. Introduction, body, conclusion
    2. Controlling idea and supports
  2. Summarize and analyze various written works and media
  3. Identify topic, thesis, subtopics, and important points
  4. Identify writer's tone, style, and purpose
  5. Critique and evaluate various written materials and multimedia sources
  6. Demonstrate understanding of written assignments and directions
  7. Respond to writing prompts
  8. Identify learning preferences, strengths, and weaknesses
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply writing strategies, effective study skills, and test taking methods.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Accessible classroom
  2. Availability of assistive technology, i.e., reading and writing software programs.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Types of Learners
    1. Visual
    2. Auditory
    3. Tactile
    4. Kinesthetic
    5. Multi-sensory
  2. Grammar skills
    1. Construct sentences that contain subject, verb, and object
    2. Apply punctuation correctly
    3. Identify and differentiate between the dependent and independent clause
  3. Sentence construction
    1. Recognize, analyze, and correct run-on sentences and fragments
    2. Identify and illustrate simple, compound, and complex sentences
  4. Paragraph development
    1. Construct topic sentences which contain the topic and controlling idea
    2. Write supporting sentences that add importance to the topic sentence
  5. Reading Comprehension
    1. Identify topics, sub-topics, and main points
    2. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the significance of assigned readings and literary works
    3. Recognize and apply various reading strategies and accommodations to course work
    4. Demonstrate comprehension of reading material by developing customized study notes
  6. Pre-writing strategies
    1. Questioning
    2. Brainstorming
    3. Mindmapping
    4. Free Writing
  7. In-Class Writing
    1. Differentiate in-class essays from assigned take home essays
    2. Recognize and apply various writing strategies for in-class essay exams
    3. Develop structured outlines (introduction, body, and conclusion)
    4. Analyze prompts
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Two in-class writing assignments which require a response to a written prompt
  2. One out-of-class pea-writing (mind mapping/outline) assignment
  3. Assessment survey and evaluation of writing skills (pre and post)
Representative Text(s) -
John Langan, College Writing Skills. 7th ed. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2008.

Disciplines -
Special Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Group work
  4. Individualized instruction
Lab Content -
Under direct supervision of the instructor, students will work in conjunction with instructional aides to work on assigned readings and writings. Students will incorporate and apply compensatory strategies learned in classroom to the laboratory setting. The lab will focus on developing content and structure through direct instruction and guided practice. Students will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. In-class and out-of-class writing assignments which require evaluation, summary, synthesis, and critical thinking.
  2. Revision assignments
  3. Writing assessment questionnaire and survey (pre and post)