The purpose of this text, or should we say guide, is to help all students in English composition classes - whether stand-alone or coupled with reading courses - understand the connections and the cohesive aspect of reading and writing. The authors used their own years of teaching both reading and writing, for all levels in college, to explain concepts in a straightforward and clear manner for students. The goal is that this becomes a resource - a FREE resource – students can return to time and time again when they have questions or need a refresher even after their English composition course ends.
This resource is an assignment for English 1301 (Composition 1) focused on the role of rhetoric in workplace writing. For this assignment, students prepare a job application packet consisting of a resume and cover letter. To do this, students must find an actual job advertisement posted online (or a job description) to include with their assignment. Students use their knowledge of the rhetorical situation and models of appropriate workplace writing (available from most college and university Career Centers, as well as from the Purdue OWL and UNC Writing Center websites online) to prepare an application packet tailored to the position they want. This assignment provides students with an opportunity to apply what they've learned in class toward a concrete, meaningful goal, and most students respond positively to it.
This composition textbook is designed to serve undergraduate-level writing courses.
This book was designed for Composition I (ENGL 1301) and Composition II (ENGL 1302) courses—specifically, to meet the Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) expectations for these courses as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The most-distinctive feature of this book is 100+ models essays written by students. Model essays appear as links at the ends of chapters.
The Table of Contents contains hyperlinks that open individual chapters.