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English Composition I

English Composition I

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become more engaged readers and stronger critical thinkers. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: English and Communication

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Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become stronger critical thinkers.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 13 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 4 Touchstone assessments (these are like written assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Understand the basic elements and goals of English composition
  • Write effective sentences and paragraphs
  • Employ proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics usage
  • Articulate the stages of the writing process
  • Apply writing and revising techniques to narrative, comparison/contrast, informative, and argumentative essays


46 Student Reviews
by Debra B. on May 22, 2019
I did not enjoy this course at all. I consider myself a high performer and strive to submit excellent work. This is the lowest grade I have received as a college student. In some instances, the individuals who graded my paper did not respond with proper grammar or spelling themselves. I submitted all of my essays in PDF format with the exception of 1 and that particular one had a large gap in the formatting that was not present when I submitted my work. I am very disappointed in the time it took to have my work graded. I guess I do not have a clear understanding for writing an argumentative essay. I cited credible websites but lost points because I didn't provide evidence to support my argument. Wouldn't the information obtained from those credible sites be the evidence needed? I no longer have the love for English I once had after taking this course.
by krissy p. on June 25, 2019
5 written assignments in one course & milestones are still required? Plus the inability to submit an assignment until the previous one is graded is ridiculous. They take entirely too long to grade the essays for us to have to wait for the feedback.
by Emily W. on November 12, 2018
Good course, not given a lot of material for writing assignments.
by Jong Hyun M. on July 11, 2019
The content was good and I enjoyed the course, but I wish it was made clearer that each essay takes about a week to have graded - and you can't submit other essays until you get previous ones back. Knowing all this would have helped me plan my time better so I wouldn't have needed an extension.
by Jane B. on May 13, 2019
Excellent course. It started very easy and slow, then became more difficult. Research paper and APA sections were well organized and informative. Comments and corrections on grading from coaches were great. They obviously spent some time reading. My only issue is that I hoped the grading turn around would have been a little quicker.
by Felicia J. on June 25, 2019
The course was interesting, but the grading of the essays was very confusing and inconsistent.
by Tracy G. on June 23, 2019
I feel the writing assignments where graded unfairly and a bit harshly. I met the requirements of the assignment and the feedback seemed to be a bit nit picking
by Melyssa J. on April 25, 2019
Challenges are easy to fly through and get done, but each milestone takes at least a week to get graded, and since you can't submit the next milestone until the previous one is graded, it really slows down the process. It is a good basic course though.


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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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