English 1000 is designed to help students learn new ways to write and to improve their writing in part by understanding better the rhetorical nature of writing. In this course students will read and write in genres common to the academy; however, this is not strictly a “how-to” for academic writing. Rather, this course is built around the assumption that "good writing" is determined by the circumstance, i.e., audience, purpose, medium and genre. English 1000 provides space for students to experiment and take risks with their writing through projects. Students enrolling in English 1000 will want to be ready to re-think, re-see, and re-imagine writing as they know it. English 1000 is a five-credit, non-transferable course. While this course does not transfer to other institutions of higher education, he grade they receive for this course does count towards their GPA.


You will:

  • Recognize and identify rhetorical strategies used by writers for a variety of purposes and use these strategies in their own work.
  • Demonstrate an ability to express clear objectives and use language effectively to identify and accomplish a particular purpose in writing and speech.
  • Understand and use a rhetorical vocabulary to identify and make informed choices about writing within multiple contexts and for a variety of audiences.
  • Apply Standard English grammatical/usage when appropriate to meet the needs of an identified audience.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and ability to locate online resources and use scholarly work to summarize, analyze, and support claims ethically and soundly for a variety of audiences, academic and otherwise.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate the credibility of an online source within the context of a particular project and for an identified audience.
  • Use a word processor to format both traditional and non-traditional texts, including but not limited to blogs, e-mails, interview protocols, proposals, timelines, as well as traditional academic essays requiring MLA or APA formatting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reference a variety of readings in service to accomplishing a clearly identified purpose in their writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to discern the appropriate use of others’ work and hone the skills needed to “recycle” others’ work, for example, to recognize the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, and plagiarizing.


You might be asked to:

  • Draw from your personal experience to write in a variety of genres including, reflections, short stories, and narrative essays;
  • Analyze the writing of others and apply these strategies to strengthen your own writing;
  • Write a research plan;
  • Use a variety of research methods, including searching for sources in the library database, conducting interviews, and creating surveys;
  • Report on your research in writing and in presentations
  • Create PowerPoint's and Prezi's; 
  • Design and propose a project to address a social, academic, or personal problem chosen by you.
  • Create a deliverable, a concrete representation of the project you propose, such as a brochure, a public service announcement, a website, a short video, a newspaper article, or a blog.