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Number:EH111
Name:Composition I
Description:Composition I students explore topics of interest as they improve their writing style and master techniques of organization, development, and coherence. Much emphasis is placed on usage, word choice, sentence writing, and tone. In addition, students are provided with methods for improving their reading comprehension, especially their understanding of implied meanings. Composition I students examine and practice the steps of the writing process as they prepare essays and papers.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):Every fall semester
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s):

Course Objectives

For Composition I, student writing should demonstrate: • Strong organization and unity, including effective thesis statements, topic sentences, and coherence. • Effective development of paragraphs and essays through ideas, examples, details, narrative, figurative language, and rhetorical devices. • Clear, concise, and unified sentences of varying length, style, and structure. • Diction that is precise and appropriate (especially in its level of formality or informality) for the essay. • Low level of errors in grammar and usage. • Clear sense of audience and purpose. • An understanding of writing styles through substantial readings. • Understanding and application of the steps of the writing process, including generating ideas, composing, editing, and revising. • A deepened understanding of the course topic.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
S 2013 LB Brief: Little, Brown Handbook, Brief 0-205-76276-X Aaron, Jane E. 4TH 11 Longman, Inc.
S 2013 Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking a 0-312-54854-0 Colombo, Gary 8TH 10 Bedford Books
F 2012 40 Model Essays : A Portable Anthology 0-312-43829-X Aaron, Jane E. 2005 Bedford Books
F 2012 Bedford Reader 0-312-60969-8 Kennedy, Dorothy M. 11TH 12 Bedford Books
F 2012 End of Faith : Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason 0-393-32765-5 Harris, Sam 2004 W.W. Norton & Co.
F 2012 Into the Wild 0-307-38717-8 Krakauer, Jon 1996 Anchor Press
F 2012 LB Brief: Little, Brown Handbook, Brief 0-205-76276-X Aaron, Jane E. 4TH 11 Longman, Inc.
F 2012 Little, Brown Compact Handbook With Exercises 0-205-21751-6 Aaron, Jane E. 8TH 12 Pearson
F 2012 Roads Less Traveled : Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth 0-929636-45-7 Watson, Catherine 2005 Syren Book Company
F 2012 Short Prose Reader 0-07-338393-7 Muller, Gilbert 13TH 13 McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
F 2012 Text Information Not Yet Supplied ZZDIRECT NONE MBS
F 2012 Viewpoints 1-111-35024-8 Adams, W. Royce 8TH 13 Wadsworth, Inc
F 2012 Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian 0-307-27946-4 Bryson, Bill 2006 Anchor Press
F 2012 Warriors Don't Cry : A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integ 0-671-86639-7 Beals, Melba Patillo 1994 Washington Square Press
F 2012 Waterlily 0-8032-1904-0 Deloria, Ella Cara REV 09 Bison Books
F 2012 Working Poor : Invisible in America 0-375-70821-9 Shipler, David K. 2004 Vintage Books
S 2012
S 2012 LB BRIEF 0-205-76276-X AARON 4 LONGMAN
S 2012 ROADS LESS TRAVELED 9780929636450 WATSON NA
S 2012 WALK IN THE WOODS 0-307-27946-4 BRYSON RANDOM
F 2011
F 2011 AMERICAN GODS 0-06-055812-1 GAIMAN HARP/COLL
F 2011 BEDFORD READER 0-312-60969-8 KENNEDY 11 ST MARTINS
F 2011 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT 0-547-06971-5 MONTVILLE HM TR
F 2011 Best American Sports Writing 2010 978-0-547-15248-6 Gammons, Peter paper Mariner/Houghton-Mif
F 2011 INTO THE WILD (MOVIE TIE- 0-307-38717-8 KRAKAUER DOUBLEDAY
F 2011 LB BRIEF 0-205-76276-X AARON 4 LONGMAN
F 2011 MIRROR ON AMERICA 0-312-47712-0 MIMS 4 ST MARTINS
F 2011 PLAIN TEXT 0-8165-1337-6 MAIRS ARIZONA
F 2011 Plain Text 0-8165-1337-6 Nancy Mairs Paperbac Univ. of Arizona Pre
F 2011 ROADS LESS TRAVELED 9780929636450 WATSON NA
F 2011 SHORT PROSE READER 0-07-353314-9 MULLER 12 MCG
F 2011 WALK IN THE WOODS 0-307-27946-4 BRYSON RANDOM
F 2010
F 2010 AMERICA NOW 0-312-48694-4 ATWAN 8 ST MARTINS
F 2010 AMERICAN GODS 0-06-055812-1 GAIMAN HARP/COLL
F 2010 AMONG THE THUGS 0-679-74535-1 BUFORD RANDOM
F 2010 BEDFORD READER 0-312-43317-4 KENNEDY 9 ST MARTINS
F 2010 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT 0-547-06971-5 MONTVILLE HM TR
F 2010 BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRIT 0-618-85866-0 WINCHESTER HM TR
F 2010 END OF FAITH 0-393-32765-5 HARRIS NORTON
F 2010 HOW TO WRITE ESSAYS 9781845283414 SHIACH
F 2010 INTO THE WILD (MOVIE TIE- 0-307-38717-8 KRAKAUER DOUBLEDAY
F 2010 LB BRIEF 0-205-76276-X AARON 4 LONGMAN
F 2010 LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK 0-205-65171-2 FOWLER 11 LONGMAN
F 2010 MLA HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS 1-60329-024-9 MODERN LANG 7 MLA
F 2010 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 0-87352-986-3 Gibaldi, Joseph 6th
F 2010 NORTON BOOK OF NATURE WRI 0-393-97816-8 FINCH NORTON
F 2010 ON WRITING (RACK SIZE) 0-7434-5596-7 KING S&S
F 2010 ROADS LESS TRAVELED 9780929636450 WATSON NA
F 2010 SUNDANCE READER 1-4282-2972-8 CONNELLY 5 WAD
F 2010 The End of Faith 0-393-32765-5 Harris, Sam
F 2010 The Working Poor 0-375-70821 Shipler, David
F 2010 WALK IN THE WOODS 0-307-27946-4 BRYSON RANDOM
F 2010 WARRIORS DON'T CRY 0-671-86639-7 BEALS S&S
F 2010 Warriors Don't Cry 0-671-86639-7 Beals, Melba
F 2010 WATERLILY DELORIA NEBRASKA
F 2010 Waterlily 978-0-8032-6579-4 Deloria, Ella Cara
F 2010 WATERLILY NEW ED 0-8032-1904-0 DELORIA NEBRASKA
F 2010 WORKING POOR 0-375-70821-9 SHIPLER RANDOM
S 2010 LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK 0-321-38951-4 FOWLER 10 LONGMAN
F 2009 BEDFORD READER 0-312-43317-4 KENNEDY 9 VHPS
F 2009 BEDFORD READER 0-312-43317-4 KENNEDY BEDFORD 9 ST MARTINS
F 2009 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT 0-618-75118-1 NACK MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHING
F 2009 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT 0-618-75118-1 NACK BEST AME HM TR
F 2009 BLIND SIDE 0-393-33047-8 LEWIS W. W. NORTON & CO., INC.
F 2009 BLIND SIDE 0-393-33047-8 LEWIS BLIND SI NORTON
F 2009 END OF FAITH 0-393-32765-5 HARRIS W. W. NORTON & CO., INC.
F 2009 HOME ON THE ROAD 0-929636-76-7 WATSON PENGUIN/PUTNAM/HB BOOKS
F 2009 HOME ON THE ROAD 0-929636-76-7 WATSON HOME ON PENGUIN
F 2009 LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK 0-321-38951-4 FOWLER LITTLE B 10 LONGMAN
F 2009 PRESENCE OF OTHERS 0-312-40434-4 LUNSFORD 4 ST MARTINS
F 2009 REVIVING OPHELIA 0-345-39282-5 PIPHER BALLANTINE BOOKS
F 2009 SEAGULL READER: ESSAYS 0-393-93092-0 KELLY SEAGULL 2 NORTON
F 2009 WARRIORS DON'T CRY 0-671-86639-7 BEALS SIMON AND SCHUSTER INC.
F 2009 WATERLILY 0-8032-6579-4 DELORIA UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PR
F 2009 WORKING POOR 0-375-70821-9 SHIPLER RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
S 2009 Little, Brown Handbook 0-321-389514 Fowler and Aaron 10th Pearson/Longman
F 2008 AMERICA NOW 0-312-45709-X ATWAN 7 NEBRASKA BOOK COMPANY
F 2008 BEDFORD READER 0-312-43317-4 KENNEDY 9 VHPS
F 2008 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT 0-618-47022-0 LEWIS HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
F 2008 BLIND SIDE 0-393-33047-8 LEWIS W. W. NORTON & CO., INC.
F 2008 COMPACT READER 0-312-43347-6 AARON 8 VHPS
F 2008 GO YOUR OWN WAY 1-58005-199-5 CONLON SEAL
F 2008 KINDNESS OF STRANGERS 1-74059-590-4 GEORGE LONELY PLANET PUB
F 2008 Little Brown Handbook 0-321-10350-5 Fowler, H. Ramsey Most Rec Pearson / Longman
F 2008 PLAIN TEXT 0-8165-1337-6 MAIRS NACSCORP
F 2008 SONGLINES 0-14-009429-6 CHATWIN PENGUIN/PUTNAM/HB BOOKS
F 2008 ST MARTIN'S WORKBOOK 0-312-39834-4 RUNCIMAN 5 NEBRASKA BOOK COMPANY
F 2008 SUNDANCE READER 1-4282-2972-8 CONNELLY 5 CENGAGE LEARNING
F 2008 The Sundance Reader 1-4282-2972-8 Connelly, Mark 5 Wadsworth / Cengage
S 2008 INTO THE WILD KRAKAUER DOUBLEDAY
S 2008 KINDNESS OF STRANGERS GEORGE LONELY
S 2008 LB BRIEF AARON 2 LONGMAN
S 2008 LB BRIEF AARON 3 LONGMAN
S 2008 THEMES MONEYHUN PH
F 2007 BASEBALL: LITERARY ANTHOL DAWIDOFF LIBRARY AM
F 2007 BEDFORD HANDBOOK HACKER 7 ST MARTINS
F 2007 BEDFORD READER KENNEDY 9 ST MARTINS
F 2007 BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF T OATES HM
F 2007 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT CRAMER HM
F 2007 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT LEWIS HM
F 2007 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRIT LUPICA HM
F 2007 ELEMENTS OF STYLE (W/INDE STRUNK 4 A&B
F 2007 END OF FAITH HARRIS NORTON
F 2007 GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT (RA STILMAN WRITERS
F 2007 LB BRIEF AARON 2 LONGMAN
F 2007 Little Brown Brief 0321207815 Most Rec Little Brown
F 2007 LITTLE BROWN ESSENTIAL HD AARON 5 LONGMAN
F 2007 MLA HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS GIBALDI 6 MLA
F 2007 NORTON SAMPLER COOLEY 6 NOR001
F 2007 PAPER LION PLIMPTON LYON PRESS
F 2007 PLAIN TEXT MAIRS ARIZONA
F 2007 Plain Text 0-8165-1337-6 Nancy Mairs Paperbac Univ. of Arizona Pre
F 2007 PRENTICE HALL REFERENCE G HARRIS 6 PH
F 2007 REVIVING OPHELIA PIPHER BALLANTINE
F 2007 WARRIORS DON'T CRY BEALS S&S
F 2007 WATERLILY DELORIA NEBRASKA
F 2007 WORKING POOR SHIPLER RANDOM
F 2007 WRITER'S REFERENCE HACKER 6 ST MARTINS
F 2006 75 Readings 0072465425 Buscemi 9 McGraw
F 2006 Little Brown Brief 0321207815 Most Rec Little Brown
S 2006 "LITTLE FOWLER BROWN HA
S 2006 40 MODEL ESSAYS:PORTABLE ANTHOLOGY AARON 5
S 2006 ROADS LESS TRAVELED WATSON
F 2005 "LITTLE AARON BROWN ES
F 2005 "LITTLE FOWLER BROWN HA
F 2005 75 READINGS:ANTHOLOGY BUSCEMI 9TH 04
F 2005 BEDFORD READER KENNEDY 8TH 03
F 2005 BEDFORD READER KENNEDY 9TH 06
F 2005 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2003 BISSINGER 3
F 2005 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2004 CRAMER 4
F 2005 ELEMENTS OF STYLE STRUNK 4TH 00
F 2005 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS BISSINGER 91
F 2005 Friday Night Lights 0-306-80990-7 H. G. Bissinger 10th Ann Da Capo Press
F 2005 GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT STILMAN 97
F 2005 MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY-NEW EDITION MERRIAM-WEBSTR 4
F 2005 PRENTICE HALL REFERENCE GUIDE HARRIS 6TH 06
F 2005 ROGET'S 21ST CENTURY THESAURUS KIPFER 2ND 99
F 2005 SHE'S NOT THERE BOYLAN 3
F 2005 The Best American Sports Writing 2004 0-618-25139-1 Richard Ben Cramer Paper Houghton Mifflin
F 2005 The Little, Brown Handbook 0-321-18839-x H. Ramsey Fowler 9th Pearson/Longman
F 2004 75 Readings 0072465425 Buscemi 9 McGraw
F 2003 75 Readings 0072465425 Buscemi 9 McGraw
F 2003 Best American Sports Writing 2000 0618012095 Schaap HM
F 2003 Best American Sports Writing 2002 0618086285 Reilly Houghton Mifflin
F 2003 Brave New World Huxley
F 2003 Everyday Writer 031239909x Lunsford 2 Bedford/St. Martins
F 2003 Lobster Chronicles 0786885912 Greenlaw
F 2003 Lobster Chronicles 0786885912 Greenlaw Warner
F 2003 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Kesey
F 2003 Webster's New World Dictionary 0764565451 Webster 2 IDG
F 2002 75 READINGS:ANTHOLOGY 0072370661 BUSCEMI 8 MCG
F 2002 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2000 0618012095 SCHAAP HM
F 2002 BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2001 0618086269 COLLINS HM
F 2002 DEATH&THE MAIDEN 0140246843 DORFMAN REV PE.
F 2002 DEATH&THE MAIDEN 0140246843 DORFMAN REV PENG USA
F 2002 FROM THE FIELD 079227394X MCCARRY NATL GEOG
F 2002 INTO THE WILD 0385486804 KRAKAUER RANDOM
F 2002 LITTLE,BROWN ESSENTIAL HDBK.F/WRITERS 032110045X AA
F 2002 LITTLE,BROWN ESSENTIAL HDBK.F/WRITERS 032110045X AARON 4
F 2002 LITTLE,BROWN ESSENTIAL HDBK.F/WRITERS 032110045X AARON 4 PEARSON
F 2002 SHORT PROSE READER 0072495545 MULLER 10 MCG
F 2002 WEBSTER'S NEW WORLD DICT. & THESAURUS 0764565451 WEBSTER 2 IDG BOOKS
F 2002 WRITING TOWARD HOME 0435081241 HEARD NBN
F 2001 75 Readings: An Anthology 0-07-237066-1 Santi Buscemi 8th McGraw-Hill
F 2001 75 Readings: Anthology 0-07-237066-1 Buscemi 8th MCG
F 2001 Best American Sports Writing of Century 0-395-94514-3 Halberstam HM
F 2001 Best American Travel Writing 0-618-07467-8 Bryson HM
F 2001 Bird By Bird 0-385-48001-6 Lamott Random
F 2001 Dreams+Inward Journeys 0-321-07624-9 Ford 4th Pearson
F 2001 Into The Wild 0-385-48680-4 Krakauer Random
F 2001 Oxford American Dict. (Large Format) 0-380-51052-9 Oxford Harp Pub
F 2001 Random House Roget's Thesaurus-Rev.+Upd 0-345-40094-1 Random House 3rd Random
F 2001 Whatever It Takes: Women on Women's... 0-374-52597-8 Sandoz VHPS
F 2001 Woe Is I: Grammarphobe's Guide 1-5732262-5-4 Oconner Putnam
F 2001 Writer's Pocket Handbook 0-205-28536-8 Rosa Pearson
F 2001 Writer's Pocket Handbook 0-205-28536-8 Rosa PH
F 2000 Best American Sports Writing of the Centur 0-395-94514-3 Strout HM
F 2000 Eloquent Essay 0-89255-241-7 Loughery Norto
F 2000 Gift from the Sea 0-679-73241-1 Lindberg RH
F 2000 Oxford American Dictionary 0-380-51052-9 (Unknown) Avon
F 2000 Pass the Butterworms 0-375-70111-4 Cahill RH
F 2000 Roget's Thesaurus 0-345-40094-1 (Unknown) RH
F 2000 Writer's Pocket Handbook 0-205-28536-8 Rosa PH
F 1999 Best American Sports Writing of the Century 0-395-94514-3 Strout HM
F 1999 Decker's Patterns of Exposition 0-321-01218-6 Decker 15 Longman
F 1999 Gift of Travel 1-885211-25-2 Habegger Traveler'
F 1999 Gift of Travel 1-885211-25-2 Habegger Travelers'
F 1999 Into Thin Air 0-385-49208-1 Krakauer Doubleday
F 1999 Little Brown Handbook 0-321-01216-x Fowler 7 Longman
F 1999 Little Brown Handbook 7th Includes MLA Guidelines 0-321-03797-9 Fowler Longman
F 1999 Macmillan Reader 0-205-28216-4 Nadell 5 MAC
F 1999 Writing Toward Home 0-435-08124-1 Heard Heinemann
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