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355:100/100R/100G Basic Composition

Coordinator/Contact:  Michael Goeller

Course Description:
Basic Composition (355:100), Basic Composition with Reading (355:100/099 or “100R”), and Basic Composition with Grammar (355:100/099 or “100G”) are preparatory courses for Expository Writing (355:101) at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. All three courses are credit-bearing, college-level courses that will introduce students to the critical reading, thinking, and writing practices that will enable them to complete their Rutgers studies successfully. They are skills-based courses, in that they focus on reading comprehension, working effectively with texts, and improving writing skills at the sentence, paragraph, and paper level. The courses are also designed to meet students at their reading and writing levels when they enter college, and to prepare them in one semester for the challenges presented in Expository Writing. By the end of each course, they will be able to compose a 5-6 page paper in clearly written prose that reflects their own points of view, and demonstrates thoughtful engagement with complex readings.

During the course of the semester, students complete five papers.  Papers 1 and 2 must be 4 pages in length.  Papers 3 - 5 must be at least 5 pages in length.

Required Texts:
Michelle J. Brazier, Points of Departure: A Collection of Contemporary Essays, 3rd edition.
Grammar text as assigned 
Any standard college dictionary

Important Registration Information:
Students who place into 100 should register for a numbered section of 100.  In Spring 2009, three numbered sections are offered: 11, 15, and 16.

Students who place into 100R should register for any section of 100 that begins with the letter "R."  Registering for 100R will automatically register students for a 1.5 credit course called 099.

Students who place into 100G should register for any section of 100 that begins with the letter "G."  Registering for 100G will automatically register students for a 1.5 credit course called 099.  In order to register for a section of 100G, students must request a special permission number from the Livingston Writing Program office at (732) 445-4048.


Grading Criteria:

Not Passing
Reading comprehension: serious misreading
Thesis/Position: thesis or position unclear; too reliant on summary, or, too reliant on personal opinion
Using quotation: avoids text; ineffective selection or use of quotes, including incorporation into sentences
Connective thinking: unclear or incoherent connections between the texts, and/or the assignment question
Grammar: errors which impede meaning and/or more than 3 serious errors per page (fused, fragment, s/v)
Paragraph structure: little or no sense of paragraph as a unit of meaning
Organization: incoherent, or lack of organization on paragraph and/or paper level

C Paper
Minimum of 3, 4 or 5 full pages as the assignment requires
Significant revisions from Rough to Final Draft

Reading comprehension: basic reading comprehension; proper use of key terms and vocabulary; may be some local misreading that does not contribute to general misreading of either text or assignment
Thesis/Position: addresses the assignment question; clear position/statement of thesis somewhere in paper; may rely on some summary, but moves into analysis in a number of significant places
Using quotation: effective selection and use of quotes (‘idea’ quotes); beginnings of effective analysis, quote incorporation into sentences, and proper citation             
Connective thinking: meaningful connections amongst all texts; may be undeveloped but show potential
Grammar: serious grammar errors under control (fused, fragments, agreement); no more than 2 per page; able to identify and correct serious errors with help from instructor
Paragraph structure: demonstrates use and understanding of paragraph as unit of meaning with topic sentences and supporting evidence  Organization: may not be structurally coherent as a whole, but has moments of clarity throughout; loose organization of structurally sound paragraphs which address the assignment question and texts 

C+ Paper: all of above, plus
Reading comprehension: may have some misreading, but should be minimal
Thesis/Position: assertion of thesis near beginning of paper; stronger sense of students’ position in relation to author’s positions; bolder assertions, more risks in grappling with the issues raised in the texts
Using quotation/Connective thinking: stronger relationship between quote use and connective thinking
Grammar: may have some grammar errors, but fewer of them; shows ability to identify and correct errors
Paragraph structure/Organization: stronger sense of whole paper as result of improved paragraph transitions in a number of places; may still have abrupt or undeveloped conclusion; sense of introduction

B Paper: all of above, plus
Reading comprehension: solid, consistent comprehension and vocabulary use throughout entire paper
Thesis/Position: assertion of clear thesis and position in introductory paragraph/s
Using quotation: solid, consistent, and effective use of relevant quotations to further students’ thesis; quote incorporation may not be stylistically smooth, but shows increased consistency in proper citation
Connective thinking: beginnings of developed independent and original connective thinking
Grammar: able to identify and correct errors with minimal help; no serious patterns of error; smooth reading
Paragraph structure: solid and consistent individual paragraph construction, including transitions; beginning to develop paragraph development throughout entire paper, opening with clear intro paragraph
Organization: sense of the paper as a whole beginning with clear articulation of thesis in the introductory paragraph; conclusion should be apparent, but may not be as effective as intro, or as in B+ or A

B+Paper: all of above, plus
Reading comprehension: solid, consistent comprehension and vocabulary use throughout entire paper
Thesis/Position: strong sense of thesis and position from introduction to conclusion, minimal loss of focus
Using quotation: stronger analysis of quotes leads to more original connections between texts
Connective thinking: original and independent response to assignment question rooted in connective thinking
Grammar: basic command of grammar at sentence level
Paragraph structure: solid and consistent individual paragraph construction accommodates more complexity in ideas and quotation; paragraph development from introduction to conclusion, with each paragraph serving a particular purpose
Organization: sense of the paper as a whole beginning with clear articulation of thesis in the introductory paragraph and ending with effective, though perhaps predictable, conclusion

A Paper: all of above, plus
Reading comprehension: solid, consistent comprehension and vocabulary use throughout entire paper
Thesis/Position: strong sense of thesis and position from introduction to conclusion, with no loss of focus
Using quotation: uses the occasional unexpected quotation or obvious quotation in unexpected ways; more sophisticated approach to working with text
Connective thinking: goes beyond B+ only by degree;original and independent response to assignment question rooted in connective thinking
Grammar: command of grammar; no serious grammar errors; may not have the stylistic smoothness of 101 papers, but shows that potential; may not be error free, but should read clearly and cleanly throughout
Paragraph structure: goes beyond B+ only by degree and complexity of ideas within individual paragraphs
Organization: only goes beyond B+ by degree and ability to sustain complexity of thesis throughout the paper; sense of the paper as a whole beginning with clear articulation of thesis in the introductory paragraph and ending with effective and thoughtful conclusion

 

 

Attachments:
Download this file (100-grading-criteria-condensed.pdf)100 Grading Grid[The condensed grading criteria for Basic Composition (355:100) at Rutgers.]93 kB
Download this file (basic-comp-companion-2012.pdf)Basic Comp Companion, 2012-2013[The new instructor's training manual for Basic Composition.]1429 kB
Download this file (basic-comp-companion-2013.pdf)Basic Comp Companion, 2013-2014[ ]1439 kB

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