Critical Reading & Writing I

Course No: ENG 111

Course Title: Critical Reading & Writing I          

Course Credits: 3


Catalog Description

Introduces the fundamentals of critical reading and writing. The course helps students assess the arguments of others for their logic and use of evidence, and to form well-reasoned arguments of their own.  Through regular drafts and revision, students learn to develop and defend positions on issues, incorporate and explain evidence to support those positions, and express their ideas in clearly written essays.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course a student will:

  1. Analyze and assess written arguments through active reading, fair summary, and evaluation of reasoning.
  2. Develop and support a position on an issue, using the viewpoints of others as a context for their own argument.
  3. Substantiate claims through the use of appropriately documented evidence (includes proficiency in at least one citation style).
  4. Implement a sustained process of drafting and revision to achieve transparent reasoning and expression in written essays.

Transfer critical reading and thinking skills across learning contexts.


Required Reading

Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. “They Say/I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with Readings. 3rd ed. New York: Norton, 2015.