this course, students practice processes appropriate for college reading
and writing: identifying rhetorical contexts (audiences and purposes) common
in academic discourse and writing about personal experience as well as academic
readings. By writing and revising several essays, students refine their
prewriting, drafting, and revising strategies to produce focused and detailed
CO130 emphasizes writing process
through both expressive and expository writing. The course will include
the following concepts and writing assignments:
Writing processes and writing rituals
Focusing and developing ideas
Linking personal experience with academic context
Reading and writing about thematic materials
The course will draw on thematic readings (changed from year to
year). For example, readings might emphasize the concept of
home, community, cultural pluralism, or freedom vs.
responsibility--topics that students can react to with personal
experience but also reflect upon from more academic viewpoints.
(Anthologies are currently available with thematic focus on
multiculturalism, home, and community.) Throughout the semester,
students will summarize readings, but they will also write about
the theme through other expository approaches.
Evaluation: Students will prepare a final portfolio of three to five
revised pieces. In addition, they will be required to complete a
holistically scored final summary-and-response essay. Although the final
essay will affect decisions to pass students into CO150, the portfolio will
be more significant in determining readiness for CO150 because it will
reflect writing processes stressed throughout the course.
Students who score 500 or higher on
the SAT verbal or 20 or higher on the ACT English section of the exam are
placed into CO150. Students who score lower than 500 on the SAT verbal
or lower than 20 on the ACT English must take the Composition
Challenge Examination to be placed in a composition course.
Students are placed into the Writing Center Individual Tutorial, CO130 -
Academic Writing, or CO150 College Composition -- or are given credit
for CO150 College Composition -- based on their performance on the examination.
For more information on the Composition Challenge Examination, visit the
Composition Challenge Examination page.
Course Syllabus: A sample weekly syllabus is available on this site. Please note that this online syllabus serves as a general model that can be adapted by CO130 instructors. Specific sections of CO130 may use a syllabus that varies from the sample weekly syllabus.