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First Year Writing

Course Description

ENGL0100. INTEGRATED READING/WRITING. 1 Hour.

Integration of critical reading and academic writing skills. Fulfills TSI requirements for reading and/or writing.

ENGL0300. INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL READING AND WRITING. 3 Hours.

Offers additional preparation in academic reading and writing. Focus is on comprehending college-level reading material and writing academic essays in standard written English. Passing this course satisfies Texas Success Initiative requirements. Students who need to raise their THEA reading score for Texas Education Certification may also enroll. This course may not be submitted for any other English course, and credit in this course does not fulfill any degree requirement.

ENGL 1301 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I: This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in communication.

This course will require students to read rhetorically and analyze scholarly texts on a variety of subjects. The course emphasizes writing to specific audiences and understanding how information is context dependent and audience specific. Students must engage with a variety of ideas and learn how to synthesize those in college level essays.

Core Objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
  • Communication Skills: To include effective development and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
  • Teamwork: To include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
  • Personal Responsibility: To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Expected Learning Outcomes. By the end of ENGL 1301, students should be able to demonstrate:

Rhetorical Knowledge

  • Use knowledge of the rhetorical situation—author, audience, exigence, constraints—to analyze and construct texts
  • Compose texts in a variety of genres, expanding their repertoire beyond predictable forms
  • Adjust voice, tone, diction, syntax, level of formality, and structure to meet the demands of different rhetorical situations
Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing
  • Use writing, reading, and discussion for inquiry, learning, communicating, and examining assumptions
  • Employ critical reading strategies to identify an author’s position, main ideas, genre conventions, and rhetorical strategies
  • Summarize, analyze, and respond to texts
  • Find, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate sources to inform, support, and situate their own claims
  • Produce texts with a focus, thesis, and controlling idea, and identify these elements in others’ texts

Processes

  • Practice flexible strategies for generating, revising, and editing texts
  • Practice writing as a recursive process that can lead to substantive changes in ideas, structure, and supporting evidence through multiple revisions
  • Use the collaborative and social aspects of writing to critique their own and others’ texts

Conventions

  • Apply knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics
  • Summarize, paraphrase, and quote from sources using appropriate documentation style
  • Control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Employ technologies to format texts according to appropriate stylistic conventions

ENGL 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II: This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in communication.

Continues ENGL 1301, but with an emphasis on advanced techniques of academic argument. Includes issue identification, independent library research, analysis and evaluation of sources, and synthesis of sources with students’ own claims, reasons, and evidence. This course focuses on critical engagement with ethical and social issues and the development of academic arguments that communicate a specific point of view. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1301.

Core Objectives:

Critical Thinking Skills: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Communication Skills: To include effective development and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.

Teamwork: To include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.Personal

Responsibility: To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Expected Learning Outcomes

In ENGL 1302, students build on the knowledge and information that they learned in ENGL 1301. By the end of ENGL 1302, students should be able to:

Rhetorical Knowledge

  • Identify and analyze the components and complexities of a rhetorical situation
  • Use knowledge of audience, exigence, constraints, genre, tone, diction, syntax, and structure to produce situation-appropriate argumentative texts, including texts that move beyond formulaic structures
  • Know and use special terminology for analyzing and producing arguments
  • Practice and analyze informal logic as used in argumentative texts

Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing

  • Understand the interactions among critical thinking, critical reading, and writing
  • Integrate personal experiences, values, and beliefs into larger social conversations and contexts
  • Find, evaluate, and analyze primary and secondary sources for appropriateness, timeliness, and validity
  • Produce situation-appropriate argumentative texts that synthesize sources with their own ideas and advance the conversation on an important issue
  • Provide valid, reliable, and appropriate support for claims, and analyze evidentiary support in others’ texts

Processes

  • Practice flexible strategies for generating, revising, and editing complex argumentative texts
  • Engage in all stages of advanced, independent library research
  • Practice writing as a recursive process that can lead to substantive changes in ideas, structure, and supporting evidence through multiple revisions
  • Use the collaborative and social aspects of writing to critique their own and others’ arguments

Conventions

  • Apply and develop knowledge of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics, and be aware of the field-specific nature of these conventions
  • Summarize, paraphrase, and quote from sources using appropriate documentation style
  • Revise for style and edit for features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Employ technologies to format texts according to appropriate stylistic conventions