Composition I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ENGL-1301-DC007 Composition I


Corequisite: INRW 0303 Prerequisite: Scores on a state-approved test indicating college-level reading and writing skills

Course Description

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating and critical analysis.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

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Amarillo College English Dept., eds. A Rhetorical Handbook for English 1301, 1302 and 2311, 4th ed., Hayden-McNeil, 2019.

Richard Bullock, Michal Brody, and Francine Weinberg. The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises, 3rd ed., W.W. Norton and Company, 2017.




Student Performance


Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 

1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. 

2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution. 

3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose. 

4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts. 

5. Use Edited American English in academic essays. 

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Grading Criteria


Grading Criteria


This I Believe Essay (10%): DUE 5/29

Rhetorical Analysis Essay (15%): DUE 6/12

Research Argument Essay  (20%): DUE 6/26

Final Essay (20%): DUE 6/28

Journals (15%) DUE Weekly on Sunday 

Discussions (15%) DUE Weekly on Sunday

Quizzes (5%)  DUE Weekly on Sunday


A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-79

F 0-59



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Administrative Drop Policy: Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016






Readings and Videos

Week 1 (May 23-29)


Quizzes Week 1

Rhetoric Handbook: English Dept Plagiarism Policy (RH 3-4)

Journal 1

“The Basic Structure of an Essay” (RH 35-36), “What Can I put in My Three Part Essay” (RH 37-38)

Discussion 1

"MLA Manuscript Preparation" (RH 6-7), "Narrative" (RH 50-51)

"This I Believe Essay"

Little Seagull: W1 Writing Contexts & W2 Academic Contexts


Little Seagull: W-3 Writing Processes and W-4 Developing Paragraphs pgs. 9-29


"The Sisterhood of Roller Derby" by Erin Blakemore - Blackboard


Lecture: "Academic Writing" - Blackboard


Lecture: "Thesis and Support Essays" - Blackboard



Week 2 ( May 30-June 5)


Quizzes Week 2

Rhetoric Handbook: "Rhetoric, Rhetorical Appeals, and Academic Argument" (RH22-33)

Journal 2

"What is Rhetorical Analysis" (RH36-39), "The Rhetorical Situation" (RH 34-35)

Discussion 2

"The Rhetorical Analysis Essay (RH 70-73), "Identifying Rhetorical Appeals" (RH 39-40)

Little Seagull: W-8 Rhetorical Analyses


Lecture: “Rhetorical Appeals”


Lecture: "The Rhetorical Situation"


Watch - How to Annotate a Text


"Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Blackboard



Week 3 (June 6-12)


Quizzes Week 3

"Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Kairos" (RH 76-85),

Journal 3

Rhetoric Handbook: “Words and Phrases to Avoid in College-Level Academic Writing" and “An Introduction to Grammar”

Discussion 3 (Peer Review)

Watch Video: How to use rhetoric to get what you want - Camille A. Langston

Rhetorical Analysis Essay Due

Little Seagull: W-16 "Reading Strategies"

Week 4 (June 13-19)


Quiz Week 4

Watch video “What is an argument?”

Journal 4

Little Seagull: R1 "Doing Research," and "Evaluating Sources," "Reliable Sources,"

Discussion 4

Rhetoric Handbook: R 2 "How to Find and Document Sources Using MLA Style,”


Lecture “Writing a Good Research Argument Thesis” and "Strong Evidence"

Complete MLA In Text Citations Activity

Watch video on how to use AC Databases

Week 5 (June 20-26)


Quiz Week 5

Little Seagull: "R-3 "Synthesizing Sources"

Journal 5

Rhetoric Handbook: "Incorporating Quotations" and "MLA Parenthetical Citations," and

Peer Review

"How to Paraphrase"

Research Argument Due

Lectures "Argument," and "Documentation"

"The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Week 6 (June 27-28)


Final Due: June 28, 11:59 PM

Lecture "In-class Writing Assignments"


"5 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit and Resilience"



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