Liberal Arts > English

General Information

  • Name: Basic Writing Strategies
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: English
  • Units (Credits): 4.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Provides instruction in basic English skills including sentence patterns and basic paragraph development. Provides review of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, spelling, and work usage. Offers practice in sentence, paragraph, and short essay writing with attention to grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

Upon completion of this course the students should be able to:

  • Identify the essential elements of the sentence;
  • Write sentences that are correct and meaningful;
  • Use punctuation correctly;
  • Practice sentence skills: appropriate word choice; correct grammatical usage; correct capitalization, spelling, and punctuation; recognizing and writing complete sentences;
  • Write effective topic sentences (opening statements) and clincher sentences (closing statements);
  • Generate specific evidence in support of topic sentence;
  • Develop topic sentences into unified, coherent, detailed paragraphs.
  • Establish a clear method of organization through the use of logic, transitions, and other connective devices;
  • Develop unified, coherent paragraphs;
  • Formulate the thesis statement and its development into an essay;
  • Use correct MLA manuscript form;
  • Use correct techniques of revision;
  • Practice critical reading (recognition of main idea, support, patterns of organization);
  • Practice peer review and self-evaluation.

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Although this course does not fulfill any general education or degree program requirements, it will assist students toward developing college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and prepare them to succeed in college-level courses.


Scheduled ENG-99 classes:

Fall 2019