Language and Composition — Textbook

Introduction to Language and Composition

This course is a study of the basics of composition including types of essays, how to analyze essay writing, and how to prewrite and edit your essays. The course also includes a description and understanding of rhetoric, argumentation, persuasion, and the rhetorical situation as it applies to past and current writing.

This textbook contains 11 modules, each with multiple lessons that support varied approaches to help a student learn and engage with the topic, including readings, video, and a knowledge-check quiz. 

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This course focuses on the following learning outcomes. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret the function essays of different genres.
  • Implement composition basics of prewriting, drafts, and editing to construct an essay.
  • Create original essays based on the function and purpose of different essay genres.
  • Evaluate and apply composition basics of editing, ethics, documentation, and citations to original essays.
  • Apply the elements of the Rhetorical situation to essay analysis and original writing.
  • Evaluate and explain elements of argumentation and persuasion as they apply to writing and rhetorical situations.

This textbook is delivered fully online and you will be required to have access to a computer, laptop, or web-capable mobile device – along with consistent access to the internet to access these materials.  Review the information below to ensure your system meets the minimum requirements.  

PC Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Windows 7 or above

Macintosh Requirements

Hardware

  • Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD 64×2 Dual-Core) processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • 1024×768 resolution monitor
  • Soundcard with microphone and speakers
  • Built-in or external webcam
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled

Software

  • Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard” or above

Tablet or Smartphone

Hardware

  • 2 GHz process or faster
  • 1 GB RAM or greater
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Wireless internet connection

This section contains PDF versions of each of the lessons from within the course. The lessons are available as PDFs and are accessible for most screen readers.

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Module 1: The History and Design of the Essay – 5 Lessons

Module 2: The Rhetorical Situation: Purpose, Audience, Speaker – 4 Lessons

Module 3:  Composition Basics: Prewriting – 4 Lessons

Module 4:  Composition Basics: Paragraphs and Drafting – 6 Lessons

Module 5: Narrative and Descriptive Essays – 6 Lessons

Module 6: Classification and Definition Essays – 4 Lessons

Module 7:  Compare and Contrast Essays – 4 Lessons

Module 8: Cause and Effect Essays – 4 Lessons

Module 9:  Argumentation and Persuasion – 4 Lessons

Module 10: Writing Papers and Essays with Documentation – 5 Lessons

Module 11: Argumentative Essays – 4 Lessons

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Course Content

Modules Status
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Module 1 -- The History and Design of the Essay

2

Module 2 -- The Rhetorical Situation: Purpose, Audience, Speaker

3

Module 3 -- Composition Basics: Prewriting

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Module 4 -- Composition Basics: Paragraphs and Drafting

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Module 5 -- Narrative and Descriptive Essays

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Module 6 -- Classification and Definition Essays

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Module 7 -- Compare and Contrast Essays

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Module 8 -- Cause and Effect Essays

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Module 9 -- Argumentation and Persuasion

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Module 10 -- Writing Papers and Essays with Documentation

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Module 11 -- Argumentative Essays