English 100E/101E a two-semester sequence of classes referred to as Comp I-Expanded. These two courses together serve as the equivalent of English 101, a required course that introduces students to some of the strategies, tools, and resources necessary to becoming successful communicators in a range of academic, professional, and public settings. Comp I - Expanded students learn not only to think carefully through writing but also to reflect critically about writing by engaging a variety of discursive forms.
The two semesters of composition classes are linked; thus, for both semesters, Comp I – Expanded students will usually have the same teacher, work with the same group of students, and when possible, have the same classroom. The Expanded Composition Program is designed to help build a writing community, as everyone has an entire year to work together to develop and enhance critical writing and reading strategies and skills. Throughout the program, students will conference with their instructors, and to emphasize the continuity between the two semesters, the spring semester begins with student-teacher conferences to discuss fall semester grades as well as the role that previous essays might play in the spring section of the course. Each semester, students’ final portfolios will include revisions of their major work from the semesters and include a self-reflection, analyzing their own writing processes and development. Upon completion of each semester of ENG 100E/ENG 101E, students will receive traditional letter grades.
ENG 101 is a GEC-required course at USM, and students taking this course and its equivalent through the Expanded Composition Program are expected to meet the following GEC learning outcomes:
- the student is able to develop a topic and present ideas through writing in an organized, logical, and coherent form and in a style that is appropriate for the discipline and the situation.
- the student can observe conventions of Standard English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and usage.
- the student can write a coherent analytical essay [considering the] rhetorical situation or through written communication effectively analyze the components of an argument.
- the student can find, use, and cite relevant information.
In order assist students in meeting these GEC learning outcomes, the Composition Program at Southern Miss has identified specific learning outcomes for each of its first-year writing courses that are meant to complement the GEC outcomes. At the completion of ENG 101 and its equivalent, students will be able to:
- See that writing is a form of social interaction;
- Analyze rhetorical situations and make effective choices based on audience and context;
- Responsibly synthesize material from a variety of sources;
- Make claims and support them with appropriate evidence;
- Use writing to critically explore, explain, evaluate, and reflect on their experiences and on those of others;
- Understand and effectively use a range of genres/forms;
- Use conventions of expression appropriate to situation and audience;
- Effectively revise and provide substantive feedback to others on their writing;
- Articulate a revision strategy based on an understanding of their own writing processes;
- Recognize the importance of technology in research, writing, and other forms of social interaction.