ENG 100 is a three-credit, college level English course that is Missouri Western’s “Introduction to College Writing.”  ENG 100, Introduction to College Writing, is a developmental composition course designed for students who show signs of needing additional work on their college-level writing before starting the regular general education composition classes.  It prepares students to succeed in ENG 104 and ENG 108, the composition courses that count toward completion of General Studies requirements, as well as many other classes that require academic writing.  In this course, students will refine their writing process, engage in critical reading, thinking and writing and be required to write both personal and text-based essays.  ENG 100 has both a classroom and workshop component; the class meets three hours a week and the Writer’s Workshop meets one hour a week.  In Writer’s Workshop, you will meet with other ENG 100 students and a trained Student Assistant/Tutor for small group tutorials.  Students who have taken this course acknowledge its benefits and claim that it prepared them for the rigors of college-level writing and introduced them to college expectations.

Placement into ENG 100:  Introduction to College Writing

 All students will be initially placed in a composition course based on EACT English subscore.

  • 17 or lower  – ENG 100
  • 18 or higher – ENG 104
  • 26 or higher – ENG 112

If you wish to challenge this placement, you can take the WPE, Writing Placement Exam.

If your EACT and/or your WPE scores are below our cut-off, you will enroll in ENG 100 Introduction to College Writing. This is a three-credit course which counts toward graduation in all two-year and four-year programs. You must also complete ENG 104 and, if you are a four-year degree seeking student, ENG 108 in order to satisfy the General Studies requirement.

Dawn Terrick, Director of Developmental Writing and Placement
(816) 271-4313
Eder Hall 222F

ENG 100 Students, in this course you will discuss writing as a process.  And you may ask, what does this statement mean?  The truth is, no one just sits down and instantly produces a perfect piece of writing.  There are many steps a writer goes through when producing a text, including pre-writing (or gathering and organizing ideas and thoughts), writing, revising and editing, and we will discuss these steps in this course. By breaking down these steps, hopefully, the writing process will seem less difficult. In discovering writing as a process, you will discover the reading and writing strategies and processes that work best for you. The emphasis here is on you and your attention to the topics. You will not survive in this course if you come to class unprepared, if you do not revise your writing, if you do not ask questions, if you do not solicit help from your instructor and peers, if you wait until the last minute to draft an essay or build a portfolio. You probably will succeed if you become someone who connects reading and writing to your life, to your experiences, and who reflects on the impact of these connections. Becoming a critical and thoughtful writer is essential for success in college and for life after college.

 The goals of ENG 100 are to help you learn how to:

  •  Shape the academic paper with introduction, focused body paragraphs and conclusion
  • State a clear, insightful thesis and strong topic sentences
  • Reflect meaningfully on your own experiences and offer your personal experience as evidence in support of your thesis
  • Critically read and understand written (and other) texts
  • Connect your experiences and opinions to others’ (written texts, interviews, etc.) and blend/integrate those into your text-based essays/papers
  • Grapple with and reflect upon the significance of your topic and claim
  • Gain a greater awareness of the present (current events, social and political issues, etc.) through an understanding and reading of past events, biographies and historical periods
  • Develop a unique voice, style and tone
  • Introduce, explain and cite borrowed information
  • Control conventions of correctness (punctuation, spelling, sentence construction)

This course will not only help you to become a successful student but also a successful citizen of the larger world.  Text-based writing, or academic writing, is at the heart of all college-level work; you will find this type of writing in most of your college courses and across fields and disciplines.  As a result, this course focuses on the inextricable link between reading and writing.  You will respond to your readings in various ways; you will form personal responses, summarize, analyze and evaluate.  You will discover the more you read, the better writer you will become.  You will learn to make both personal and public/social connections to what you read in order to better understand yourself and the world around you.  Through reading and writing assignments, you will be introduced to new voices and viewpoints and learn how to integrate them into your own.  You will discover the power of language and the impact not only of others’ stories but the impact of your own stories.  Writing can be cathartic for you and constructive for your audience. Critical thinking, reading and writing dominate the world outside of college as well.  The ever-changing and challenging workplace requires you to effectively solve problems and respond to a multitude of situations and information.  The digital world, where you are relentlessly bombarded with information in various modes and media, requires you to analyze and evaluate that information in order to make informed decisions about your life and the lives of those who matter most to you.  At the end of this semester, you will not only have grown as a student and be prepared for the challenges in your college courses, but you will have grown as an individual.  The person who you are right now, on the first day of class, will be different from the person who you are on the last day of class.  Through critical thinking, discovery, questioning, writing and reflection, you will discover the same things that past students have discovered:  during your first semesters in college you are discovering yourself, realizing you are part of many communities, including this academic community, and defining yourself as an individual, student, scholar and citizen.

Sample Syllabus

This course has both a classroom and workshop component.  In addition to your classroom time with your Instructor, you are also required to attend your scheduled Writer’s Workshop 50 minutes per week.  In Writer’s Workshop, you will meet with 4-6other students from your class and a trained Writer’s Workshop Leader/Student Tutor for small group tutorials.  During these sessions, your Writer’s Workshop Leader/Student Tutor will guide you through the writing process for your English essay/paper/Task Paper assignments, helping you freewrite, draft and revise.  You will have time to conference with your Writer’s Workshop Leader/Student Tutor and obtain feedback not only from your Writer’s Workshop Leader/Student Tutor but your peers as well.  During some sessions, you will participate in critical thinking, reading and writing lessons and activities that will help you write and revise your course essays.  You can look at this time in Writer’s Workshop as free tutoring sessions.  The time spent in Writer’s Workshop and working on your papers is less time you will have to spend on your own working on your papers.  This workshop allows you focused one-on-one time with your Writer’s Workshop Leader/Student Tutor in an environment that is non-evaluative and provides you with extra practice and exposure to reading and writing.  This course and Writer’s Workshop will prepare you for the rigors of college-level writing and introduce you to college expectations.

A “best practice” for the developmental writing classroom is the implementation of supplemental instruction and the use of student tutors and mentors.  Supplemental Instruction or SI, according to Hunter Boylan in his seminal book, What Works:  Research-Based Practices in Developmental Education, combines collaborative learning with students learning about strategies that will best aid them in studying and acquiring knowledge in a specific content area.  In SI, the sessions, labs or workshops can be led by a qualified and trained student on a weekly basis who works closely with the instructor as well as with the students.  Students in these sessions, labs or workshops receive continuous feedback from their SI leader in a structured environment.  Boylan, with abundant research to support his argument, claims, “Supplemental Instruction or SI is probably the single most well-documented intervention available for improving the academic performance of underprepared students” (75).  Supplemental Instruction is an invaluable experience to both the writing students and the SI leader.

Yes, you can get published!  At the end of every semester, all students have the opportunity to submit their ENG 100 essays for consideration into the ENG 100 student publication.  Once submitted, the ENG 100 Committee blindly evaluates all student essays in terms of content, originality, a sense of discovery and insight on the part of the student writer and control of form, language and sentence construction.  Every April, a new edition of the publication is released and a reception is held for the student winners/ authors and their friends and family.  For more information and to see the past editions, go to: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/communication/discovering-the-student-discovering-the-self/

  • Discovering the Student, Discovering the Self: Introduction to College Writing textbook coverTextbook: Discovering the Student, Discovering the Self: Introduction to College Writing. (7th edition). Dawn Terrick. Kendall Hunt Publishing. ISBN: 9781524923419
  • Jump drive/flash drive
  • Portfolio folders
  • Computer and printer/computer and printer access
  • Supplemental book (refer to your syllabus and the campus bookstore for specific instructor’s requirement)

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