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Student Learning Outcomes

English 1A

At the successful completion of English 1A, the student will be able to perform the following:

  • Read and think critically, including a variety of primarily non-fiction texts for content, context, and rhetorical merit with consideration of tone, audience, and purpose.
  • Evaluate and establish the credibility of print and online sources.
  • Demonstrate the legitimate use of scholarly sources by
    • using library and online reference materials;
    • incorporating summary, paraphrase, and direct quotes;
    • synthesizing multiple primary and secondary sources;
    • avoiding plagiarism.
  • Write essays out of class that
    • demonstrate the use of expository and argumentative or persuasive forms of writing;
    • reflect an orderly research and writing process;
    • use correct MLA form and documentation;
    • show evidence of drafting, editing, and revision to reflect an academic style and tone
  • Write timed essays in class exhibiting acceptable college-level control of mechanics, organization, development and coherence.

English 1B

By the end of the semester, students in English 1B will be able to:

  • Recognize and differentiate between the major genres of imaginative literature: poetry, drama, prose, and prose fiction;
  • Identify and discuss both themes and technical matters (forms, divisions, tropes, and so on);
  • Write critical essays that demonstrate knowledge of works in at least three of the major genres;
  • Use MLA format in quotations, citations, and works cited lists.

English 2

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

Student outcomes Assessment

Read a variety of materials critically to:

  • Identify a thesis
  • Summarize important points
  • Analyze main ideas
Responsive writing assignments throughout the course

Participate effectively in a variety of settings by

  • Working productively with others
  • Contributing constructively to class discussion
  • Thinking for yourself in oral presentations or debates
  • Displaying openness to other viewpoints
During class activities, particularly discussions and group projects

Write papers that

  • Develop a thesis that governs the organization of the paper
  • Present coherent and logical claims
  • Are well organized with clear links between claims and support
  • Are well developed with sufficient and relevant evidence
  • Use standard American English correctly
  • Make stylistic choices in persona, syntax, and diction
  • Gauge the needs of and address a specific audience
In-class writings and Section Papers

Prepare an extended research paper that

  • Develops a position that is signaled in the thesis statement
  • Presents coherent and logical claims
  • Is well organized with clear links between claims and support
  • Is well developed with sufficient and relevant evidence
  • Uses standard American English correctly
  • Makes stylistic choices in persona, syntax, and diction
  • Gauge the needs of and address a specific audience
  • Shows evidence of ability to evaluate sources for reliability, credibility and authority
  • Synthesizes and integrates sources
  • Credits sources appropriately and correctly
Research Paper

Present ideas and research in organized and engaging oral presentations that

  • Express a thesis clearly
  • are well organized and developed
  • Conform to time constraints
  • Make stylistic choices in persona, syntax, and diction
  • Gauge the needs of and address a specific audience
  • Show evidence of ability to evaluate and incorporate sources for reliability, credibility, and authority
Group presentations and culminating oral presentation of research.

Display mental habits that show evidence of

  • Questioning
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Beliefs based on evidence
  • Ethical behavior in the academic community
Discussion, spontaneous in-class writing, papers, and presentations.

Assess your growth as a thinker and writer

  • Read a variety of materials critically
  • Participate effectively in a variety of settings
  • Write papers
  • Prepare an extended research paper
  • Present ideas and research in an organized and engaging oral presentation
  • Display specific mental habits
 

English 5A

By the end of the semester, students in English 5A will be able to:

  • Recognize and differentiate between the major genres of literature: poetry, drama, prose, and prose fiction;
  • Analyze a sampling of significant primary texts from the Old English (Anglo Saxon) Period through the Eighteenth Century as forms of cultural and creative expression;
  • Explain the distinguishing themes and formal characteristics of these texts;
  • Explain the development of various literary forms;
  • Explain the ways in which the texts express the cultures and values of their times;
  • Write analytical essays that demonstrate knowledge of representative texts and periods;
  • Use MLA format for quotations, citations, and works cited lists.

English 5B

By the end of the semester, students in English 5B will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics and significance of the generally-accepted periods of the second half of English Literature: Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Postmodern
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of representative works of English literature
  • Understand the relation of a work to its period
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of literary genres, critical techniques, and terminology
  • Analyze works of poetry, fiction, and drama
  • Communicate an understanding of English literature and its general history through exams and essay responses that are written in clear, well-organized prose.
  • Use MLA format in quotations, citations, and works cited lists.

English 21

By the end of the semester, students in ENG B21 will be able to do the following:

  • Read and think critically about works of African-American literature.
  • Recognize and differentiate between the major genres of African-American imaginative literature: poetry, drama, and prose fiction.
  • Identify and discuss both themes and technical matters in African-American literature using appropriate critical terminology.
  • Evaluate the logical relationship between form and content.
  • Write critical essays that demonstrate knowledge of African-American literary works in all three major genres.
  • Use MLA format in identification, pagination, lineation, quotation, citation, and bibliography.

English 30A

By the end of the semester, students of English 30A will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss major periods, authors, and works associated with American literature from the Colonial era to the American Civil War;
  • Analyze themes and techniques in specific works of literature belonging to the Colonial, Early National, and Romantic periods;
  • Recognize and understand the intellectual backgrounds and history of early American works;
  • Appreciate the diversity of writers, genres, and sub-genres in American literature;
  • Synthesize secondary sources, whether critical essays or background works, with primary texts in a literary essay.

English 30B

By the end of the semester, students of English 30B will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss major periods, authors, and works associated with American literature from the American Civil War to the present;
  • Analyze themes and techniques in specific works of literature belonging to American Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism;
  • Recognize and understand the intellectual backgrounds and history of late nineteenth century and twentieth century American literature;
  • Appreciate the diversity of writers, genres, and sub-genres in American literature;
  • Synthesize secondary sources, whether critical essays or background works, with primary texts in a literary essay.

English 41

At the completion of English 41, the student will be able to perform the following:

  • completed drafts of a minimum number of original works in poetry, fiction, and/or drama as follows:
    • personal essay of 750 to 1250 words
    • short story of 1250 to 2500 words
    • an outline of a novel and one chapter from that novel
    • five poems
    • a screen or stage play
  • developed his or her creative abilities and techniques by applying constructive criticism
  • given and received constructive criticism in a workshop environment
  • completed various assigned exercises in each of the genres
  • demonstrated an understanding of the following elements in poetry, fiction, and drama:
    • plot
    • characterization
    • point of view
    • dialogue
    • imagery
    • sound
    • theme
  • completed one final project in the genre of his or her choice, subject to the instructor’s approval

English 50

Student Learning Outcome Method of Evaluation/Assessment Level
At the completion of English 50, the student will be able to perform the following: Examples of assessment include, but are not limited to:
  • I: Introduced
  • D: Demonstrated
  • M: Mastery
Read and think critically about at least 1 book-length work in addition to selected readings Demonstrate understanding of the readings through quizzes, journal assignments or essays. I, D
Evaluate and establish the credibility of an author’s work Write a critique (analysis/evaluation) of an argument. I, D
Demonstrate the legitimate use of credible sources by:
  • Summarizing and paraphrasing sources
  • Synthesizing multiple sources
  • Avoiding plagiarism

Write essay(s) using multiple credible sources.

Observe ethical standards of academic community—no plagiarizing sources.

I, D

Write papers that:

  • Demonstrate the use of expository and argumentative or persuasive forms of writing
  • Demonstrate correct MLA form and citation
  • Show evidence of drafting, editing, and revision to reflect an academic style and tone
  • Use a variety of sentence patterns appropriately and correctly.
  • Use the standard conventions of written English—spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Write essays in and out of class.

Write homework including but not limited to

  • Exercises
  • Annotations of texts
  • Journals and other brief writings
I, D

English 53

Students will

  • Write papers that
    • demonstrate the use of expository and argumentative or persuasive forms of writing
    • demonstrate MLA format and citation
    • show evidence of drafting, editing, and revision to reflect an academic tone and style
    • use a variety of sentence patterns appropriately and correctly
    • use the standard conventions of written English--spelling, punctuation, and capitalization
  • Demonstrate the legitimate use of credible sources by
    • summarizing, paraphrasing sources
    • synthesizing multiple sources
    • avoiding plagiarism.
  • Evaluate and establish the credibility of an author’s work
  • Read a complete work and other selected readings around a theme and demonstrate comprehension, critical thinking, analysis, and connection to other texts, situations, and cultures
  • Demonstrate the use of strategies, such as note taking, time management, study skills, goal setting, and college navigation that are needed to be a successful college student.

English 60

At the completion of English 60, the student will be able to perform the following:

  • Write a non-formulaic, timed final 250 word essay that is
    • organized around a thesis statement, uses transitions, is coherent, and contains a conclusion;
    • assembled into paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting detail;
    • composed of mostly error-free sentences;
    • written illustrating control of mechanics, usage, and diction;
    • demonstrative of a variety of sentence patterns that avoid primer prose;
    • clear in thought and writing in response to a specific topic.
  • Show proficiency in reading and comprehension of basic college level material assigned in class, including
    • textbooks
    • essays
    • news articles
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