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- Available Lessons: 110
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryThis College Composition Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach college composition. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide
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You can use this college composition course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of college composition, from the basics of grammar and punctuation to the fundamentals of writing a strong essay. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific college composition course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like active and passive voice or creating in-text citations. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on basic essay structure includes key terms like introduction paragraph, body paragraphs, conclusion paragraphs and thesis statement.
As you work on your college composition lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like misplaced and dangling modifiers if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like how to organize an essay and types of pronouns.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from presenting a sound argument to avoiding plagiarism, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on comma usage or proofreading? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about strategies for writing with idioms, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on essay writing, you can point your students to the transcripts on crafting personal essays, completing timed essays, understanding the audience, avoiding logical fallacies and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from identifying secondary sources to key facts, like what constitutes a comma splice or a sentence fragment.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on reading and understanding essays? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are some common problems that arise when writing an essay?
Below is a sketch of the college composition syllabus modeled on an 8-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Conventions in Writing: Grammar||Parts of speech, punctuation, grammar rules|
|Week 2||Conventions in Writing: Usage||What constitutes good writing, style, sentence structure|
|Week 3||How to Revise an Essay||What makes a well-organized essay, how to set the tone with word choice, three ways to appeal to an audience|
|Week 4||Using Source Materials||Bibliographies, various styles of formatting citations, how to make a works cited page|
|Week 5||Parts of an Essay||How to brainstorm ideas, outlines, argument structure, transition sentences|
|Week 6||Essay Writing||Personal essays, persuasive essays, how to edit an essay, proofreading, logical fallacies|
|Week 7||Reading and Understanding Essays||How to determine the main points of an essay, how to determine an audience, how to edit essays by other writers|
|Week 8||Composition Best Practices: Theory and Application||Steps in pre-writing, how to develop a thesis, how to avoid common writing problems|
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