English 101: The Personal Essay

This course is designed to help you develop your college-level reading and writing skills, and, more generally, to assist you in cultivating your critical thinking and analytical abilities.  These skills and abilities are the foundation of your education, and they will serve you in any major or career path you might follow.  In recognition of the needs of first-year students, the University of Alabama First Year Writing Program has devised several outcomes for this course.  I have reproduced those outcomes below for your convenience and delight:

The first in a two-course sequence, English 101 introduces college-level writing, critical reading, basic citation, and the rhetorical tools needed to participate successfully in the University of Alabama academic community. By the end of this course, students should be familiar with the writing process (prewriting, drafting, and revising). Students should be able to collaborate effectively with peers and the instructor. Student writing should address the challenges of the initial assignment and use an appropriate style (clear writing, appropriate voice, etc.). Student writing should also demonstrate proficient use of syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students should also be able to use quotes, paraphrases, summaries, and documentation correctly in their writing.

Feel free to discuss these outcomes and objectives with me at any time – even if it means asking something like, “Why on Earth are you making us do this?!”  Though you may not always like the answer, there will always be an answer, and it will usually tie to these objectives.

University of Alabama, Fall 2009

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