College Level Composition 1110 - Fall 2014

Mrs. Kimberly Brownlee
Liberty North High School, Room 912

College-level Composition at Liberty North High School is EN 1110 (1st semester) offered by Rockhurst University. This course is designed to assist students in achieving proficiency in college-level written composition. It includes study of and regular practice in the process of composing and editing as well as relating reading and writing. Students will develop critical reading skills as they read and analyze essays written by professional writers, by their peers, and by themselves. First semester, students will write papers including narration, college application, and three thematic-based papers with the student’s choice of modes including classification, process analysis, comparison/contrast, definition, or cause and effect. Second semester, the last essay will be an extended documented, research-based essay in the argument/persuasion mode.

Contact Info:
8176.736.5500 ext.2945


Bauld, Harry. On Writing the College Application Essay. New York: Harper & Row, 1987.

Cooley, Thomas. The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition. New York: W. W.

Norton, 1997.

Trimmer, Joseph F. Writing with a Purpose. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.

Units of Study

Unit 1: Narration
Unit 2: College Level Application Essay
Unit 3: Culture Essay
Unit 4: Language Paper / Presentation
Unit 5: Documented Argument Essay

Writing Proficiency Learning Goals

The Rockhurst University English Department has identified the following objectives, to which we will be paying particular attention this semester:

Students will be able to

  1. compose clear, effective sentences that display principles of style, grammar, and punctuation, without errors that interfere with meaning.
  2. address an intended audience effectively in a variety of writing situations.
  3. use reflection to gain insight into their own reading and writing practices.
  4. by using basic research methods, find and integrate appropriate electronic and print sources into their writing.

Organization of the Course: Activities & Evaluation

The student will—

1) regard writing as a process and develop his or her own writing processes. Also, students will recognize writing and literary terminology and apply the techniques such terminology describes to their own writing. As a part of this process, students will develop and refine research skills and demonstrate competence with mechanics, grammar, and usage.

2) write a variety of essays (at least six each semester). Students will be given the opportunity to revise these essays, and the rubric for grading will always be provided. Also, students will respond to the writing of others. Group work and peer evaluations will comprise part of the student’s grade for each writing assignment. Essays and all the activities used to produce them will comprise 60% of the student’s grade for the course.

3) read and respond to nonfiction during first semester. The reading is essential; responses will be reflected in the Writing Journal, in highlighting and annotating, and in Socratic Seminars, all of which serve as good indicators of the reader’s interaction with and complete understanding of the text. The student will also share his or her responses and insights in small groups and whole-class discussions. The Writing Journal, reading logs, and other assigned daily work will comprise 20% of the student’s grade for the course.

4) demonstrate competence and understanding of concepts on quizzes and exams. In addition to regular quizzes, students will take one midterm exam and one final exam each semester. Quizzes and exams will comprise 20% of the student’s grade for the course.

Grading Scale

With the weighting system described earlier, the student’s grade will be calculated with the following percentages. Rockhurst University also offers these grade descriptions. Please see the catalog for further information.

Note: To receive college credit, students must maintain a C (74%) or better.

A 100-95%  

A- 94-90% Denotes high achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative

B+ 89-87%

B 86-84%  Denotes attainment well above the average

B- 83-80%

C+ 79-77%

C 76-74%  Denotes work of average attainment

C- 73-70%

D+ 69-67%

D 66-64%  Denotes work of inferior quality, but passing

D- 63-60%

F 59-0% Denotes poor work for which no credit will be given

(NOTE: A C- does not satisfy any  requirement that states that a C grade is a minimum at Rockhurst.)

Academic Honesty

“Academic honesty includes adherence to guidelines pertaining to integrity established for a given course as well as those established by the University for conducting academic, administrative, and research functions. All forms of academic dishonesty or misconduct are prohibited. The examples given are not intended to be all inclusive of the various kinds of academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, or misappropriation which may occur.” See Rockhurst University’s catalog pp. 52 - 55 for policies regarding cheating and plagiarism to which we adhere.

Policy for Papers

All final drafts of papers must be presented neatly typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Use a font that is easy to read like 12-point Times New Roman. Use 1-inch margins. Every final draft should follow the MLA format for research papers. (See pp. 377-93 Trimmer text for more complete information.) Since this course follows the writing process mode, all prewriting, outlining, drafts, revision agendas, revisions, and peer assessments may be required to be submitted for the final draft to be accepted. On the day that essays are due, students will complete a self-evaluation reflection.

Essays are due at the beginning of the class period -when the bell rings- on the announced due date. If there should be some problem meeting a deadline, the student must notify his or her instructor on or before the due date. Any late paper will automatically receive a C or lower unless there are exceptional circumstances of which the instructor is previously aware. Obviously, because of this penalty, late papers are strongly discouraged. If a student is in attendance at school any part of the day a paper is due, or if he or she has a school-excused absence, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the instructor receives his or her paper on the day that it is due. All papers must also be submitted electronically to by midnight before the day they are due.

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