St. Charles County Community College
095 Developmental Writing I

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This course provides comprehensive review and intensive drill in the fundamentals of English sentences and paragraphs. Near the end of the semester, students will be counseled concerning their progress and what additional work they may need to accomplish their particular writing goals.

This course is designed to facilitate your transition into the academic writing process. In the past, you may have been taught composition techniques designed to enable you to communicate effectively in the work force and to set the stage for your college career. It is upon this foundation that the present course lies. We will move from there to preparing you for the more advanced writing courses and beyond.

In essence, college writing is different from high school writing, so you should consider this class an important part of your desire to graduate. During your upper level coursework, every instructor will require a paper, some short, others long—but all will expect you to have mastered the basic and advanced composition skills required to write them. Failure at this level, therefore, will foretell of failure at the next levels.

Though this course is offered on a pass/fail basis, your degree of proficiency to advance to the next level will be assessed through the following categories:

As the focus of this course lies in teaching basic sentence structure and paragraph development, 35% of your grade will be determined by short paragraph projects and in-class exercises taken from the book The Writer’s Workplace with Readings 3rd Edition, by Sandra and John Scarry, which may be found in the campus bookstore.

Corporate Essay Project--15% of your course grade.

Diagramming Exercises--Click into here for practice with your diagramming tables.

Tests taken over chapters 2-11 of The Writer’s Workplace with Readings 3rd Edition will count for another 20% of your total course grade.

In addition, you will also be required to read Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon and take a test concerning it, which will count for 15% of your total course grade. The purpose of reading this book is to give you experience in comprehending a short work of fiction that may otherwise have been lacking in your academic development. As this book is not in the college bookstore, you will have to purchase it elsewhere.

To fulfill the collaborative and analytical aspects of this course, the other 15% of your grade will be determined by regular journal entries submitted on a weekly basis, which will then be discussed in small groups.

As this is a foundational course, attendance is required. Excessive absence will result in a lower course grade or removal from the course.

Learning Objectives (Goals):

bulletUnderstand that writing involves a process of pre-writing, writing, and rewriting
bulletUnderstand the basics of English syntax, grammar, and punctuation
bulletUnderstand the basic structure of a paragraph
bulletUnderstand that there are many dialects of English, each appropriately used in different cultural, professional, and academic contexts
bulletUnderstand that the use of different dialects provides access to and membership in different discourse communities
bulletUnderstand that skills gained in Composition 095 apply to the workplace as well as to the college
bulletBe able to use college resources (such as the Writing Center) beyond the ENG:095 teacher to assist in developing writing skills
bulletGain greater confidence in writing and the competence to continue writing in other college courses

Expected Performance Outcomes (measurable):

bulletWrite clear, direct sentences
bulletAvoid most fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences
bulletUse conventional syntax, grammar and punctuation
bulletUse a variety of sentence patterns
bulletUse consistent verb tenses in sentences and paragraphs
bulletSpell correctly
bulletWrite focused topic sentences
bulletSupport topic sentences with appropriate specific details
bulletWrite appropriately in response to selected readings

An inability to meet these goals and outcomes will result in your repeating the course until you have mastered them.

My office hours are scheduled TR from 7:30-8:30 and from 11:30-12:30. Should you need me for any reason outside of these times, feel free to contact me at home (314) 752-9311 or by email at

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