Department of English

Programs & Degrees

Core Curriculum

English 1010

Course Description


English 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing emphasizes rhetorical skills and strategies for becoming successful academic writers.  Students learn to read and write critically, to generate and develop ideas, and to work through multiple drafts.  The course introduces students to the meaningful use of scholarly resources in their writing, provides a venue for students to further develop their critical thinking and research skills, and facilitates the transfer of these skills beyond their first year.


Learning Outcomes

Written Communication

  • Construct rhetorical arguments that demonstrate awareness of purpose, audience, and context
  • Organize and use relevant and compelling content for specific rhetorical situations and audiences
  • Use straightforward and relatively error-free language that conveys meaning to readers

Critical Thinking

  • Evaluate and interpret source material and readings using an analytic approach
  • Analyze assumptions about evidence and argument in conjunction with the context of the rhetorical situation
  • Compose arguments that demonstrate a clear reliance on logic and the ability to evaluate and prioritize evidence

Information Literacy

  • Identify and locate credible and appropriate information for a rhetorical purpose
  • Evaluate sources and attribute them appropriately according to a writing style


In English 1010, instructors will

  • Prepare and distribute a syllabus that includes Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs), activities and assignments related to ELOs, and an assessment grid that articulates relationships between ELOs and activities
  • Guide students to sources and help them critically evaluate and synthesize the sources into their own writing
  • Require multiple drafts on all major papers that include instructor and peer response to student writing, as well as revised writing.
  • Require 12-15 pages of polished writing.
    • Two major essays.
    • A persuasive writing project of at least six pages that includes at least four cited sources documented according to MLA style.
  • Assign approximately 10-15 pages of informal writing, which might include exploratory writing, journal writing, audience analysis, and responses to assigned readings.
  • Require at least 100 pages of reading including authors representing diverse perspectives.
  • Assign 2-4 pages of formal or informal writing that reflects the student’s understanding of the writing process