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English Composition

Charlene Woyan Palos



The goal of this course is to increase students’ English composition skills using a variety of writing techniques. This class will focus on basic tenets of writing: Developing a thesis statement, using transitions and developing well-supported information using citations, and locating and developing adequate information for use in the assignments. During this course, you will develop 8-projects of varying lengths and style. We will begin with academic writing followed by business writing. The capstone project will be the creation of a blog (use your creativity) containing both images and texts. The final project, the creation of a group-blog, will be followed by a group presentation during the last few weeks of the semester.

While we will always have instruction during class, much of the time will revolve around in-class workshops. So come prepared with paper, laptop or other electronic writing device. A dictionary and thesaurus are highly recommended.



All citations of materials used in papers shall be based upon the Modern Language Association guide, or the MLA, which can be accessed online.



Transitions are words or a series of words that either change the direction of the writing, or provide a way to “count” the pieces of information that build up the paper. Simply using the transitions such as first (firstly) second (secondly) will help the reader move through the paper by a logical counting method. Concluding transitions should also be used to signal to the reader that a conclusion is close at hand. Examples include: in conclusion, in the end, finally or last. The Purdue Owl, an online writing website sponsored by Purdue University, has excellent information on the use of transitions. However, feel free to access other university writing websites with information you find helpful.


Writing Websites to Assist You


Recommended Texts

Truss, Lynne. “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.” Gotham. 2006.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition.


Course Projects


Academic Writing


Descriptive Essay

Argumentative Essay


Business or Technical Writing

Business Letter

Writing to Provide Instruction

Business Proposal

Science Writing Project


Capstone Project: Group-Based Blog or Research Project with Presentation

You will fall into groups of 2 to 3 people and create a blog or research paper on topics of your own choosing and present your material and work to the class in a presentation of at least 10-minutes.  



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