Open Comp-Owl-Sition

Open Comp-Owl-Sition is a compilation of open educational resources used in Composition I and Composition II courses taught by four faculty at Kennesaw State University. This project is the product of an Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant.

ENGL 1101

Patrice Brown

My English 1101 students range from dual-enrolled high school students, to veterans, to mid-life career-changers, to typical college freshmen living on-campus (or not).  Their majors are as diverse as they are.  Students such as these thrive when they are given choices.  English 1101 is designed to respect their interests and develop their writing skills through relaxed interactive classroom projects and steady exposure to readings on a wide-range of topics.  Students learn to recognize rhetorical situations and identify the strategies writers use to accomplish their purposes. Quite naturally, critical reading leads to writing – a recursive process of invention, planning, drafting, documenting, and revising.   By the end of the semester, students will have written and revised a professional email, a cover letter, an application essay, several short reading-response essays, an argumentative essay, and a rhetorical analysis of a TedTalk – most on topics of their own choosing. 

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Bridget Doss

Composition I focuses on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts with emphasis on exposition (process), analysis, and argumentation. Composition I also includes introductory use of a variety of research skills. The theme of this Composition I course centers around Society and Technology and how technology empacts they way we communicate, interact, and think. 

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Laura Howard

ENGL 1101 online examines analyzing and writing arguments for undergraduates. The course also addresses introductory research skills, especially evaluating source material. Students practice narrative, analytical, and research writing skills, and they also compose a presentation using multimodal composition skills. My course design emphasizes a mixture of academic and popular learning resources to engage students through readings, interactive tutorials, and samples. The goal of this course is to prepare learners for ENGL 1102 (which emphasizes research and research writing) and to prepare them for writing across the curriculum.

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ENGL 1101 for ESL Students

Patrice Brown

My ESL English 1101 students tend to be curious, international travelers highly motivated to learn about America and make friends with peers from all over the world.  They also tend to be a bit shy because of their developing English language skills.  English 1101 is designed to feed their curiosity and develop their confidence through relaxed, interactive classroom projects and steady exposure to diverse articles, speeches, essays, TED-talks, blogs, websites, advertisements, and, even bumper stickers.  As the semester progresses, their analyses of these readings deepen as they are asked to identify different rhetorical situations and recognize writers’ strategies for addressing these situations.  Quite naturally, critical reading leads to writing – a recursive process of invention, planning, drafting, documenting, revising, and revising again – and again.  By the end of the semester, my ESL students are surprised and delighted by the substance and fluency of the essay responses, arguments, and rhetorical analyses they have authored in their second language. 

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ENGL 1102

Amelia Lewis

In this class, students will explore the general theme of social sustainability with a focus on current events and an interconnected world.  The students will explore contemporary discussions over this subject matter including its relation to globalization and cultural contact zones. This theme helps guide our greater course objectives of learning effective writing, critical thinking, and research.  

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Project Manager and Instructional Designer: Tiffani Reardon