Pacing

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This Composition Course contains twelve modules—roughly one module per week for a fifteen-week semester, plus extra time to slow down or stretch out specific modules.

The modules can easily be re-arranged or deleted. Some possible arrangements include:

Sequence 1 Sequence 2 Sequence 3
Module 1: Success Skills Module 1: Success Skills Module 1: Success Skills
Module 2: Reading Strategies Module 2: Reading Strategies Module 2: Reading Strategies
Module 3: Writing Essentials Module 12: Grammar Basics Module 4: Writing in College
Module 4: Writing in College Module 5: Grammar Essentials Module 3: Writing Essentials
Module 5: Grammar Essentials Module 3: Writing Essentials Module 6: The Writing Process
Module 6: The Writing Process Module 4: Writing in College Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis
Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis Module 9: Academic Argument
Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis Module 9: Academic Argument Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources
Module 9: Academic Argument Module 6: The Writing Process Module 11: Research—Using Sources
Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading
Module 11: Research—Using Sources Module 11: Research—Using Sources Module 5: Grammar Essentials
Module 12: Grammar Basics Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading Module 12: Grammar Basics

Sequence 1 shows how the course is currently organized, with the “Grammar Basics” module placed at the end of the content, more as an appendix and/or supplemental resource. Some instructors ignore this module entirely, while others like to pull pieces of it into other modules of the course.

Sequence 2 moves both of the Grammar modules to the front of the course, and also splits up the two modules about the Writing Process so that the process in introduced, then the revising and proofreading stage is moved to the end of the course.

Sequence 3 switches the modules on Writing in College and Writing Essentials and keeps the final Writing Process module about proofreading towards the end of the course, before grammar at the very end.

Some of the larger modules covering more material that could easily span multiple weeks are:

  • Module 2: Reading Strategies
  • Module 5: Grammar Essentials
  • Module 6: The Writing Process
  • Module 9: Academic Argument
  • Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources
  • Module 11: Research—Using Sources

Smaller modules that could be combined with other modules include:

  • Module 1: Success Skills
  • Module 3: Writing Essentials
  • Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis

Moving Tiles

Not only can modules be moved or rearranged, tiles, or sections, can also be easily deleted or moved from one module to another. For example, some faculty prefer to start with one module on ALL of the grammar-related content. To do this, you could (with the click of just a few buttons) combine all of the tiles in the Grammar Basics module with Grammar Essentials module, and put that at the beginning of the course. Similarly, sections from “Writing Essentials” or “Writing in College” could be easily moved to “The Writing Process” module if you’d prefer to teach all of those concepts together.

  • Module 1: Success Skills
    • Habits for Success
    • Time Management
    • Communication and Professionalism
    • Critical Thinking
    • Reflection
  • Module 2: Reading Strategies
    • Reading Strategies
    • Specialized Reading Strategies
    • Rhetorical Context
    • Vocabulary
    • Types of Reading Material
  • Module 3: Writing Essentials
    • Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences
    • Effective Paragraphs
    • Audience Awareness
    • Writing Strong Sentences
  • Module 4: Writing in College
    • Writing in College
    • Writing Essays
    • Technology in Writing
    • Multimodality
  • Module 5: Grammar Essentials
    • Punctuation: end punctuation, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, and ellipses
    • Apostrophes and Quotation Marks
    • Semicolons and Colons
    • Commas
    • Complete Sentences
  • Module 6: The Writing Process
    • Topic Selection
    • Prewriting
    • Finding Evidence
    • Organizing
    • Drafting
  • Module 7: The Writing Process—Revising and Proofreading
    • Revising Drafts
    • Revising for Content and Structure
    • Editing and Proofreading
  • Module 8: Analysis and Synthesis
    • Analysis as Critical Thinking
    • Keys to Successful Analysis
    • Types of Analysis
    • Synthesis
  • Module 9: Academic Argument
    • Argumentative Essays Statements
    • Logical Arguments
    • Modes of Persuasion
    • Logical Fallacies
    • Counterarguments
  • Module 10: Research—Finding and Evaluating Sources
    • The Research Process
    • Finding Sources
    • Source Analysis
  • Module 11: Research—Using Sources
    • Integrating Source Material
    • Writing Ethically
    • Quoting
    • MLA Documentation
    • APA Documentation
  • Module 12: Grammar Basics
    • Nouns and Pronouns
    • Verbs
    • Parts of Speech
    • Sentence Structure

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