Freshman English B Objectives

The following information comes directly from the English 1463 and English 1473 Common Syllabus (Spring 2013):

PREREQUISITES

To enroll in ENGLISH 1473, Freshman English B, a student must have passed ENGLISH 1463 with a grade of C or better. Alternatively, a student may have placed out of ENGLISH 1463 by making a satisfactory score on the CLEP exam or by scoring a minimum of 25 on both the English and Reading sections of the ACT exam on the same test date. A student must pass ENGLISH 1473 with a C or better to progress to Masters of Western Literature. A student may not be enrolled concurrently in both courses.

FRESHMAN B: GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Students in Freshman B will

  • Develop logical and thoughtful arguments in clear, effective, grammatically correct prose, using credible evidence. Students will demonstrate the ability to
    1. write in standard academic English;
    2. identify major grammatical, stylistic, mechanical, and punctuation errors;
    3. vary style according to the needs of various audiences, purposes, and topics.
  • Comprehend the importance of rhetoric as a means of communication, persuasion, and problem-solving. Students will demonstrate the ability to
    1. identify and analyze a rhetorical situation;
    2. identify audience, purpose, persona, argument, etc.;
    3. write for audiences at appropriate levels and with appropriate purposes;
    4. vary style according to the needs of various audiences, purposes, and topics.
  • Understand that researching and writing about a literature is a way to contribute to a larger conversation about literature. Students will demonstrate the ability to
    1. conduct research – library, web, field;
    2. identify critical/academic/peer-reviewed sources as opposed to the alternatives;
    3. write a researched argument;
    4. avoid logical fallacies and other kinds of faulty reasoning;
    5. evaluate evidence for credibility and relevance;
    6. cite/document sources according to MLA format.
  • Critically analyze and interpret literary texts by discovering purposes behind the writings and understanding the different types of rhetorical devices used to carry out these purposes. Students will demonstrate the ability to
    1. summarize and analyze texts;
    2. evaluate a given text using set criteria.
  • Engage critically, logically, and coherently with a variety of perspectives, cultures, and worldviews. Students will demonstrate the ability to
    1. recognize cultural differences;
    2. evaluate the quality of an argument and counter argument.