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English Composition I

English Composition I

Sophia's English Composition I course is designed to build core skills in English Composition and teach you how to apply those skills to become an effective writer. You will gain proficiency in usage of basic grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, as well as learn how to construct effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Additionally, you will navigate the writing process to develop a variety of different composition types. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: English and Communication

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Description

English Composition I

Course Description
Sophia's English Composition I course is designed to build core skills in English Composition and teach you how to apply those skills to become an effective writer. You will gain proficiency in usage of basic grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, as well as learn how to construct effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Additionally, you will navigate the writing process to develop narrative, comparison/contrast, informative, and argumentative compositions.

Assessments and Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 14 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and five Touchstone assessments (these are writing assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the essential components of English composition
  • Implement basic grammar rules to create effective sentences
  • Implement common forms of punctuation to properly complete sentences
  • Examine characteristics, techniques, and examples of narrative writing
  • Recognize the stages of the writing process and how to navigate them successfully
  • Incorporate the necessary elements of an academic essay into the writing process
  • Examine characteristics, techniques, and examples of comparison/contrast and informative writing
  • Recognize the importance of style in academic writing
  • Apply revising techniques to a text
  • Apply editing and proofreading techniques to a text
  • Identify the characteristics of argumentative writing
  • Implement practices for locating reliable research sources
  • Practice integrating research into an argumentative composition 
  • Examine strategies for and examples of successful argumentative writing

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Jacob M. on April 8, 2021
Great course. Kinda long but that is to be expected because of the essays needing to be graded. I learned A LOT about writing in general. Definitely improved my writing skills.
by Welington D. on April 7, 2021
Great and challenging course!
by Henry L. on April 7, 2021
All the papers are too long. Aim for teaching to get the most in the least amount of words, not forcing people to write 1,000 words on something. Other than that, the course is fine. Oh, and if you are going to reference an essay in a test question, have the part there, or a direct link to it. That is all.
by Lande H. on April 6, 2021
This course was really fun! I enjoyed exploring the different types of writing and developing my skills.
by Kathryn P. on April 6, 2021
Course was fair. Definitely learned a lot. Wish I had better access to a teacher.
by Ezra U. on April 5, 2021
Intense, but great learning experience.
by Kizzy D. on April 5, 2021
It was tough, but I enjoyed it! I picked up some new writing skills!
by Ilia C T. on April 5, 2021
I am so glad that my counselor introduced me to Sophia. The video tutorials were so helpful and having the ability to replay the tutorials help with my style of learning.

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    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

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    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included as part of a Sophia membership.

  • 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.

  • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?

    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

    A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.