Learning Outcomes

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The content, assignments, and assessments for Waymaker English Composition I are aligned to the learning outcomes listed below. For a complete list of all the topics covered in the course, see the Detailed Learning Outcomes. 

Module 1: Success Skills

Define and evaluate college success skills

  • Identify and practice habits for success
  • Identify and apply critical thinking skills
  • Analyze time-management practices
  • Define successful approaches towards college-level writing tasks
  • Apply word-processing skills to college writing tasks

Module 2: Reading

Evaluate academic reading strategies

  • Evaluate various types of reading material
  • Evaluate general reading strategies
  • Evaluate reading strategies for specialized texts
  • Evaluate vocabulary usage
  • Evaluate thesis ideas of texts
  • Evaluate supporting claims of texts
  • Evaluate use of logic and structure in texts
  • Evaluate summary skills for reading comprehension

Module 3: Writing

Evaluate the process of academic writing

  • Evaluate topic selection activities
  • Evaluate prewriting activities
  • Evaluate activities to find evidence in support of a claim
  • Evaluate essay organizational techniques
  • Evaluate drafting activities
  • Evaluate revision activities
  • Evaluate proofreading activities

Module 4: Research

Evaluate the process of academic research

  • Evaluate and practice preliminary, intermediate, and advanced search techniques
  • Evaluate and practice methods of analysis to assess the quality and reliability of a source
  • Evaluate issues of plagiarism and academic dishonesty
  • Evaluate and practice MLA document formatting and citation practices

Module 5: Grammar

Critique patterns of academic grammar and punctuation usage

  • Critique the use of nouns and pronouns
  • Critique the use of verbs
  • Critique the use other parts of speech, including adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and articles
  • Critique the use of common punctuation marks
  • Critique sentence structure and variety of sentences
  • Critique the use of both active and passive voices