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W. A. Hume: ENGL 100Elements of English

TEXT: Sentence Skills, A Workbook for Writers (6th ed.) by John Langan

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Elements of English is an introductory study of and practice in writing, focusing on basic skills at the levels of sentence, paragraph, and short essay. Students will intensely review grammatical patterns, sentence structure, and mechanics.

Each student will practice and develop specific grammatical skills, proving mastery before moving on to the next skill.

!Each student will use the learned skills in practical applications, showing writing ability and skill assimilation.

!Each student will develop confidence and competence in his or her writing skills for future writing needs.

This is an English grammar and mechanics course. Although some writing will be required, the bulk of assignments will deal with workbook exercises and in-class activities. Attendance is necessary for participation in the classroom exercises and daily quizzes. Each student will be required to keep up with the work assigned whether he or she is present or not. You will not be able to make up an in-class quiz the instructor of a valid excuse before the absence.

xA MID-TERM and FINAL exam will be required. The exams will be comprehensive, covering the skills achieved up to the point of testing.

xFINAL GRADE: Your final grade will be figured by averaging your scores achieved through mid-term and final tests (50%), mastery quizzes (20%), writing assignments (25%), and completion of an exercise portfolio (5%).

GRADING SCALE:: 100-90A; 89-80B; 79-70C; 69-60D; Below 60F

Any in-class quizzes receiving a grade of less than 60 must be retaken (up to three times) until a passing grade is achieved.

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