Reflection Of The Syllabus For The English 1110 First Year Composition

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After reading the syllabus for “English 1110 First Year Composition” instructed by Steve Backus, it is clear that he values development and self-guided learning above all else. We can see that these are things that he values most because they are the most stressed points in the syllabus. They are very important things to be valued: development because that is the point of the class, to develop as a writer and learn how to become a better writer; and self-guided learning because it is a good life skill that can better prepare us for future classes as well as the real world. Development as writers is the whole point of the class. So it only makes sense that it is one of the most stressed points in the syllabus. The instructor outlines how he will help us achieve a few ways. They are all stated in the “English 1110 Outcomes Statement”. Here it says that we will be able to identify our audience, focus on our purpose, and learn various general writing skills such as organizing an essay, formatting an essay, using proper grammar, etc. This shows that the instructor values the basic writing mechanics because it is necessary for us to be able to succeed as professional writers. Another thing strongly emphasized in the syllabus is using writing and journaling to develop critical thinking skills. Again, in the “English 1110 Outcomes Statement”, number two talks about integrating your on ideas with the ideas of others to create your arguments as well as be able to utilize texts

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