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ENGL 0055 - Writing Essentials

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: Acceptable course recommendation/placement method

(formerly ENGL 0050)

Extensive work with punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure. Designed as preparatory for successful work in freshman composition courses.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to develop a paragraph in at least five different ways: argumentation, illustration/exemplification, classification, description, process, comparison, contrast, cause, effect, definition, narration.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Identify and create topic sentences.
  2. Identify and create appropriate supporting evidence.
  3. Organize effectively.
  4. Identify and use appropriate transitional words and phrases.

Outcome 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to draft, revise, and edit at least one essay of about 500 words.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Write an introductory paragraph with thesis and plan of development.
  2. Write supporting paragraphs with topic sentences.
  3. Organize supporting paragraphs with an appropriate organizational strategy.
  4. Employ transitions from supporting paragraph to supporting paragraph.
  5. Write an effective concluding paragraph.

Outcome 3: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to communicate in Standard Written English at a level appropriate for students entering ENGL1180 or ENGL1210.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Write simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  2. Use consistent point of view.
  3. Avoid subjectverb agreement errors.
  4. Use verb tense consistently.
  5. Use punctuation correctly.
  6. Spell proficiently.
  7. Choose appropriate vocabulary.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES

  1. Four Bases
    1. Unity
      1. Writing is focused through the use of topic sentences and thesis statements.
    2. Support
      1. Writing is focused through the use of large ideas and specific details.
    3. Coherence
      1. Writing is organized.
      2. Writing is connected by transitions.
    4. Sentence Skills
      1. Writing exhibits appropriate command of the conventions of Standard Written English.
      2. Writing exhibits sentence variety.
  2. Paragraph Development
    1. Different approaches (five minimum)
    2. Unity
      1. Paragraphs begin with a controlling idea
    3. Support
      1. Paragraphs develop support by big ideas and specific details
    4. Coherence
      1. Paragraphs are organized effectively
      2. Paragraphs are connected with appropriate transitions
  3. Essay Development
    1. Introduction
      1. Introduction begins with background, motivation, qualifications, etc.
      2. Background information leads to controlling idea.
      3. Introduction provides a preview of the essay’s development and organization.
    2. Body Paragraphs
      1. Paragraphs lead with topic sentences.
      2. Paragraphs contain appropriate development.
      3. Paragraphs are effectively organized.
      4. Paragraphs use transitions to connect ideas.
    3. Conclusion

Primary Faculty
Bily, Cynthia
Secondary Faculty
Gerds, Jenna
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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