English 097 Course Description
English 097 is a basic skills class that offers ample support and review for students who want to improve their reading and writing skills. You’ll build vocabulary and learn how to read material that might once have seemed somewhat overwhelming. In writing, you’ll learn how to compose correct and varied sentences by thoroughly reviewing editing skills as well as how to construct paragraphs that make and support a point. Typical students gain the skills and the confidence to move ahead in both college and careers.
English 097 is offered as a stand-alone class and as part of the I-Best program. In the I-BEST program, two to three instructors team teach a group of 20 to 25 students who work through all the I-Best courses together. English is taught along with a support class and a college-level class such as Geography or Intro to Early Childhood Education. Depending on your progress, you might earn college-level credit for English. The program is designed to help you progress faster through your career or educational pathway.
You might choose English 097 or I-Best if
- You rarely read and when you do, you’re bored, distracted, or don’t enjoy it.
- You don’t have keyboarding or computer skills
- You haven’t needed to write very much in your life and certainly not anything very long.
- You know your writing can be confusing to readers at times.
- You’d love to know how to get your ideas on paper successfully because you have knowledge you’d like to communicate.
- You seldom revise what you write and don’t think you have the skills to improve a first draft.
- You’re willing to ask for help when you need it.
- You want to improve your reading and writing skills, but at a reasonable pace, with instructors who don’t expect instant perfection
- You’d like to take several classes with the same students and teachers, getting to know a group of encouraging, supportive people. Consider taking English 097 as part of an I-Best program.
- You’d like to earn college credit for at least one class in your first term, making progress toward a degree even while reviewing basic skills in writing. Consider taking English 097 as part of an I-Best program.
English 097 Sample Final Essay Assignment
Worth 30% of Course Grade
This essay will be a 2.5 to 3 page response to Jean Kilbourne’s article, “Jesus Is a Brand of Jeans.” This essay should be computer-generated and should be focused around a clear thesis in response to Kilbourne’s essay. Below are the specific requirements of this essay:
- Your thesis should engage with the article: do you agree, disagree, or both? Why?
- The body of your essay should include a comprehensive summary of the article.
- The body of your essay should also include specific examples and explanations that support your thesis.
- You should not include any research beyond the Kilbourne essay.
- Your essay should include an introduction, strong topic sentences for your paragraphs, and a conclusion.
- Your writing should reflect your understanding of the grammar and punctuation rules we have been studying this term.
- This essay should be between 2.5 and 3 pages long.
- You should work through the writing process on this essay, including in-class peer review work. Writing and submitting a rough draft is required.
The essay will be graded using the common grading rubric and must meet the rubric outcomes to earn a passing grade.
English 097 Sample Reading Material
"Jesus Is a Brand of Jeans" by Jean Kilbourne
English 097 Sample Student Final Essay
English 097 Grading
An A-level final essay in English 097 will do the following:
- meet the assigned topic and purpose
- assert a manageable, debatable thesis at the appropriate point in the essay
- remain focused on the thesis throughout the essay
- support the thesis with relevant, adequate, and specific examples and reasoning
- include a summary that focuses on the main idea and major supporting ideas of the reading
- Include a response that makes a significant connection(s) between the reading and the student writer’s own ideas
- maintain focus within each paragraph
- provide clear and directive topic sentences and good transitions within and between paragraphs
- include logical paragraph breaks
- use signal phrasing while summarizing and while referencing author’s ideas in the response
- engage appropriate audience, using language suitable to task
- use a consistent point of view and an appropriate use of tense
- feature a few error patterns in grammar and mechanics
- use MLA standards for page layout correctly