Welcome to English 1301: Composition
at Navarro College
Fall 2007 Syllabus now available
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A true story . . .
Several days ago, one of my students came by my office. She said,
"Dr. Grimes, you probably won't remember me--I had your freshman composition
course more than twenty-five years ago. I dropped out of that course
because I was afraid of writing--I didn't think I could do it. I was so
ashamed of dropping the course, however, that I became determined to make it and
to get my college degree. Now, I am the mother of five children, and about
five years ago I completed my Masters Degree in nursing. I just came by to
thank you for the inspiration. Even though I didn't finish the class, you
made me want to learn and to continue. Now I have a wonderful family and
the career that twenty-five years ago I could only dream about!"
A story like that just about makes a teacher
feel that all the years of work and effort that go into successful teaching has
been worthwhile. As your instructor in this course, I want you to be even
more successful than my student above! I am looking forward to your successful
completion of our online class at the beginning of your own career path..
English 1301 Online is a course in
college writing that emphasizes informational and explanatory writing. It is the
foundation for every other course you will take in college that requires written
communication. This online section offers you the
full course. Basic instruction is found in your textbook which is required
of each student. Additionally, I have provided access to various writing components available on the
Internet and to many supplementary materials: PowerPoint programs that are used
in classroom instruction, printable PDF files of all assignments, tips for
completing your exercises, and lots, lots more. The Honors Library highlights outstanding student work completed
for the various units of study while links to the instructor give you the
opportunity for daily consultation and immediate feedback on your work.
In getting started,
you will find the online course "Course Overview" and
Course Orientation Materials" very helpful.
Read through both very carefully before you proceed on to the other course
Navigating the Website
For an explanation of just how to "get around" inside this
website, review carefully the "English 1301 Navigation" page.
Course Development Note
Materials for this course are being developed
continuously throughout this term, so please return frequently to the Unit pages
and related materials so that you don't miss critical instructional and support
Table of Contents
Letter from Dr. Richard M. Sanchez, President
Letter from Dr. Harold Nolte, Dean
Ellis Center, Navarro College
Course Management Documents
(Updated: August 26, 2007)
Supplemental Course Documents
Unit PowerPoint Presentations
The Honors Library
Units of Study.
Tips for Active Reading
Unit 2: Exploring Your Writing Process
Unit 3: Narration
Unit 4: Description
Unit 5: Process Analysis
Unit 6: Illustration
Unit 7: Comparison - Contrast
Unit 8: Division - Classification
Unit 9: Cause/Effect
Unit 10: Persuasive
Unit 11: Argumentation
Unit 12: Deductive and Non-Deductive Argument
Unit 13: The Single-Source Argumentative Essay
Unit 14: The Writer's Voice
for the Course
Links to Navarro College
Key Dates for This Semester
Beginning Date: Monday, August 27, 2007
Last Day to Drop the Course with a Grade of "W": Friday, November 9, 2007
Last Day to Submit any Work: Saturday, December 1, 2007
This page was last modified on August 21, 2007,
and is maintained by Dr. Geoffrey Grimes.
Notice: All instructional content
in this course, except where otherwise documented, has been developed solely
for educational purposes only and is copyrighted by Dr. Geoffrey A. Grimes.
No materials may be reprinted, posted, displayed, or reproduced in any
medium without the expressed written permission of Dr. Grimes.