This course prepares students for college-level reading and writing courses. It focuses on strengthening reading, critical thinking, and writing skills through practice that progressively becomes more sophisticated. The reading exercises focus on building vocabulary, improving reading comprehension, and analyzing and synthesizing ideas. Students will be given instruction in writing mechanics and guided practice in the writing process. Writing assignments will move from shorter pieces emphasizing clarity and correctness, to more formal types of structured writing, and ultimately to short essays that develop and support theses logically, incorporating outside sources. The expectations for correctness will increase as the term progresses. Students will also receive instruction in college study skills, self-management, college resources, and psycho-social skills that contribute to college success.
Appropriate English placement.
- Write compositions in Standard American English that have a main point and supporting ideas developed with specific, logically organized details.
- Apply appropriate college-level study skills and self-management techniques.
- Respond constructively to written and oral feedback.
- Perform basic library and internet research and integrate secondary source material into their own writing according to academic conventions.
- Demonstrate comprehension of various types of written and visual college-entry-level materials.
- Effectively use a multi-step process that includes drafting, revising, and editing.
- Use college success psycho-social skills to complete projects and assignments.