English 098 Course Description
English 098 is a developmental bridging course that prepares students to enter English 101. The class reviews a variety of writing and reading skills, giving students a chance to improve on the basics and enter English 101 with confidence. You’ll write two to three page essays while reviewing the writing process, from brainstorming through revision. You’ll also learn to develop and support central ideas while creating a logical line-of-thought that readers can follow. You’ll get help with sentence editing, especially with developing a clear and precise style, but also with making corrections in grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. Because academic writing means using sources, instructors will show you how to find and use them correctly. Reading comprehension and critical thinking are emphasized throughout. You’re ready for this class if
- You have little experience reading long or complex material or struggle with reading comprehension.
- You can use a computer keyboard and word processing program to type an essay.
- You haven’t written very much in the years since high school and would like to review.
- You know you can write one or two pages on a subject, but it’s hard to imagine three or four.
- You aren’t comfortable quoting readings in your essays to help support ideas.
- You struggle to convey your ideas clearly, to find a way to organize, to choose the right words, or to clear up a confusing sentence.
- You aren’t used to receiving feedback and revising your writing.
- You’re hesitant to ask for help when you need it.
English 098 Sample Final Essay Assignment
Prewriting: Prewrite about the assigned essay, “Turning off the School-to-Prison Pipeline” by Harry Wilson.
Talk back to the author. Explore points about which you agree and disagree. Explain your own experience with school discipline policies in K-12. What changes would you like to see? What strategy or strategies would you use to solve the problem that Wilson identifies?
Topic: Write an essay proposing and arguing for a particular solution to the problem Harry Wilson describes in “Turning off the School to Prison Pipeline.”
You must use two and may use up to three credible, college-level sources. One must be the common reading; the second must come from the library’s print or electronic reference collection; the third, if used, might come from the library reference collection or another library database, or you might choose to interview someone with personal knowledge of school discipline issues.
These sources must be documented using MLA style for signal phrases, in-text citations, and Works Cited page. Quotations must be accurate and appropriately punctuated. Summary and paraphrase must be accurate, complete, comprehensible, and independent from the original source in language and sentence structure.
Length: 800-1200 words (3-4 pages)
Audience: Imagine readers as a group of people who could either implement or encourage implementation of the solution you’re proposing. Present yourself as an informed citizen with solid information and thinking. Remember, they haven’t read the essay, so you must provide information on the school-to-prison problem.
Purpose: Informative and persuasive. The essay may be written entirely in third person—a very objective and authoritative voice or, if you have extensive personal experience with the issue, you might choose first person, a more expressive approach. If you choose first person, remember to present sources objectively and build your argument on more than personal example.
Focus: In addition to the criteria for grading listed for first two essays and the revision, pay attention to the following:
- Remember and follow the four basics of good argument listed in Real Reading and Writing (chapter 13, p. 270).
- Continue to revise and strengthen word choice, sentence structure, and documentation.
- In addition, edit carefully for punctuation and capitalization.
English 098 Sample Reading
"Turning off the School-to-Prison Pipeline" by Harry Wilson
English 098 Sample Final Student Essay
English 098 Grading
An A-level final essay in English 098 will do the following:
- meet the assigned topic and purpose
- assert a clear, arguable thesis that can be reasonably developed and supported in 800 to 1200 words
- remain clearly focused on the thesis throughout the essay
- support the thesis with relevant and specific examples and logical reasoning
- engage the common reading in a meaningful way
- accurately and effectively employs summary, paraphrase, and quotation of relevant source material
- consistently use specific details to support more general topic sentences
- maintain focus within each paragraph
- provide clear and directive topic sentences and good transitions within and between paragraphs
- include logical paragraph breaks
- use an effective introduction, conclusion, and title
- integrate source material using signal phrasing throughout essay
- avoid plagiarism through proper paraphrasing and use of quotation marks
- use in-text citations correctly and provide an error-free MLA works cited page
- use direct quotation and paraphrase in a balanced and thoughtful way
- effectively engage an audience that could support the proposed solution, using language suitable to task
- use varied sentence structure and precise word choice
- show an awareness of style
- use a consistent point of view and verb tense
- show only a few minor errors in grammar and mechanics
- use MLA standards for page layout correctly