English Composition I

ENG 113

YC Academy’s English Composition I course provides an introduction to college‐level writing and covers the basics of composition including (1) types of essays, (2) how to analyze essay writing, and (3) how to prewrite and edit essays. The course also includes a description and understanding of rhetoric, argumentation, persuasion, and the rhetorical situation as it applies to past and current writing.

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Course Outline

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Outcomes/Objectives

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Module #1

The History and Design of the Essay

  • The History of the Essay
  • Essay Elements and Types of Essays
  • Essay Analysis: Susan B. Anthony: “On Women’s Right to Vote”
  • Essay Analysis: Louisa May Alcott: “Death of a Soldier”
  • Essay Analysis: Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self Reliance”

Module #3

Composition Basics: Prewriting

  • Brainstorming
  • Clustering Ideas
  • Freewriting
  • Creating an Outline

Module #5

Narrative and Descriptive Essays

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Purpose and Organization

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style

  • Essay Analysis: Allison Howard: “A South African Storm”

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Writing Your Own

  • Revising for Higher Order Concerns

  • Lesson 6: Editing for Lower Order Concerns

Module #7

Compare and Contrast Essays

  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Timandra Harkness: “Nature and Nurture, Then and Now”
  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #9

Argumentation and Persuasion

  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Making Arguments
  • Responding to Arguments
  • Logical Fallacies

Module #11

Argumentative Essays

  • Argumentative Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Argumentative Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Elbert Hubbard: “A Message to Garcia”
  • Argumentative Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #2

The Rhetorical Situation: Purpose, Audience, Speaker

  • Effective Writing and the Rhetorical Situation
  • Writing for an Audience
  • Essay Writer as Speaker
  • Essay Analysis: Frederick Douglass: “The Destiny of Colored Amer

Module #4

Composition Basics: Paragraphs and Drafting

  • Writing a Clear Opening
  • Thesis Statements
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Developing an Idea
  • Building an Effective Conclusion
  • Essay Analysis: Edgar Allan Poe: “The Philosophy of Furniture”

Module #6

Classification and Definition Essays

  • Classification and Definition Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Classification and Definition Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Fred Mednick: “Multiple Intelligences”
  • Classification and Definition Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #8

Argumentation and Persuasion

  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Making Arguments
  • Responding to Arguments
  • Logical Fallacies

Module #10

Writing Papers and Essays with Documentation

  • Academic Integrity and Ethical Writing Practices
  • Finding and Using Evidence Effectively
  • Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
  • Using MLA Format
  • Writing with Documentation

Analyze and interpret the functions of essays of different genres.

Bloom’s level 5

Implement composition basics of prewriting, drafting, and editing to construct an essay.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and apply composition basics of editing, ethics, documentation, and citations to original essays.

Bloom’s level 5

Cultivate practices for effectively communicating through a variety of appropriate modes.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply the elements of the rhetorical situation to essay analysis and original writing.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate and explain elements of argumentation and persuasion as they apply to writing and rhetorical situations.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

The History and Design of the Essay

  • The History of the Essay
  • Essay Elements and Types of Essays
  • Essay Analysis: Susan B. Anthony: “On Women’s Right to Vote”
  • Essay Analysis: Louisa May Alcott: “Death of a Soldier”
  • Essay Analysis: Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self Reliance”

Module #3

Composition Basics: Prewriting

  • Brainstorming
  • Clustering Ideas
  • Freewriting
  • Creating an Outline

Module #5

Narrative and Descriptive Essays

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Purpose and Organization

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style

  • Essay Analysis: Allison Howard: “A South African Storm”

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Writing Your Own

  • Revising for Higher Order Concerns

  • Lesson 6: Editing for Lower Order Concerns

Module #7

Compare and Contrast Essays

  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Timandra Harkness: “Nature and Nurture, Then and Now”
  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #9

Argumentation and Persuasion

  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Making Arguments
  • Responding to Arguments
  • Logical Fallacies

Module #11

Argumentative Essays

  • Argumentative Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Argumentative Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Elbert Hubbard: “A Message to Garcia”
  • Argumentative Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #2

The Rhetorical Situation: Purpose, Audience, Speaker

  • Effective Writing and the Rhetorical Situation
  • Writing for an Audience
  • Essay Writer as Speaker
  • Essay Analysis: Frederick Douglass: “The Destiny of Colored Amer

Module #4

Composition Basics: Paragraphs and Drafting

  • Writing a Clear Opening
  • Thesis Statements
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Developing an Idea
  • Building an Effective Conclusion
  • Essay Analysis: Edgar Allan Poe: “The Philosophy of Furniture”

Module #6

Classification and Definition Essays

  • Classification and Definition Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Classification and Definition Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Fred Mednick: “Multiple Intelligences”
  • Classification and Definition Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #8

Argumentation and Persuasion

  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Making Arguments
  • Responding to Arguments
  • Logical Fallacies

Module #10

Writing Papers and Essays with Documentation

  • Academic Integrity and Ethical Writing Practices
  • Finding and Using Evidence Effectively
  • Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
  • Using MLA Format
  • Writing with Documentation

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

Analyze and interpret the functions of essays of different genres.

Bloom’s level 5

Implement composition basics of prewriting, drafting, and editing to construct an essay.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and apply composition basics of editing, ethics, documentation, and citations to original essays.

Bloom’s level 5

Cultivate practices for effectively communicating through a variety of appropriate modes.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply the elements of the rhetorical situation to essay analysis and original writing.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate and explain elements of argumentation and persuasion as they apply to writing and rhetorical situations.

Bloom’s level 5

Outcomes/Objectives

Click on each tab to view its contents.

Analyze and interpret the functions of essays of different genres.

Bloom’s level 5

Implement composition basics of prewriting, drafting, and editing to construct an essay.

Bloom’s level 5

Evaluate and apply composition basics of editing, ethics, documentation, and citations to original essays.

Bloom’s level 5

Cultivate practices for effectively communicating through a variety of appropriate modes.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply the elements of the rhetorical situation to essay analysis and original writing.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate and explain elements of argumentation and persuasion as they apply to writing and rhetorical situations.

Bloom’s level 5

Course Outline

Click the + icon in each module to see its contents.

Module #1

The History and Design of the Essay

  • The History of the Essay
  • Essay Elements and Types of Essays
  • Essay Analysis: Susan B. Anthony: “On Women’s Right to Vote”
  • Essay Analysis: Louisa May Alcott: “Death of a Soldier”
  • Essay Analysis: Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self Reliance”

Module #2

The Rhetorical Situation: Purpose, Audience, Speaker

  • Effective Writing and the Rhetorical Situation
  • Writing for an Audience
  • Essay Writer as Speaker
  • Essay Analysis: Frederick Douglass: “The Destiny of Colored Amer

Module #3

Composition Basics: Prewriting

  • Brainstorming
  • Clustering Ideas
  • Freewriting
  • Creating an Outline

Module #4

Composition Basics: Paragraphs and Drafting

  • Writing a Clear Opening
  • Thesis Statements
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Developing an Idea
  • Building an Effective Conclusion
  • Essay Analysis: Edgar Allan Poe: “The Philosophy of Furniture”

Module #5

Narrative and Descriptive Essays

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Purpose and Organization

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style

  • Essay Analysis: Allison Howard: “A South African Storm”

  • Narrative and Descriptive Essays: Writing Your Own

  • Revising for Higher Order Concerns

  • Lesson 6: Editing for Lower Order Concerns

Module #6

Classification and Definition Essays

  • Classification and Definition Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Classification and Definition Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Fred Mednick: “Multiple Intelligences”
  • Classification and Definition Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #7

Compare and Contrast Essays

  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Timandra Harkness: “Nature and Nurture, Then and Now”
  • Compare and Contrast Essays: Writing Your Own

Module #8

Argumentation and Persuasion

  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Making Arguments
  • Responding to Arguments
  • Logical Fallacies

Module #9

Argumentation and Persuasion

  • Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
  • Making Arguments
  • Responding to Arguments
  • Logical Fallacies

Module #10

Writing Papers and Essays with Documentation

  • Academic Integrity and Ethical Writing Practices
  • Finding and Using Evidence Effectively
  • Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
  • Using MLA Format
  • Writing with Documentation

Module #11

Argumentative Essays

  • Argumentative Essays: Purpose and Organization
  • Argumentative Essays: Technique, Topic, and Style
  • Essay Analysis: Elbert Hubbard: “A Message to Garcia”
  • Argumentative Essays: Writing Your Own

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