This section of Composition@ETSU is designed for instructors who are teaching composition
ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 Textbooks
-The Norton Reader (Shorter 14th Edition, MLA Update)
-A Pocket Style Manual (8th edition)
Student Writing in the Digital Age
How to Make a Word Document Accessible (More information on the Resources page)
ENGL 1010 - Critical Reading and Expository Writing
Writing paragraphs and essays based on close readings of various texts, with an emphasis on clear, grammatically correct expository prose. Students must take this course during the first eligible semester at the university. Students must earn a grade of “C” (70/100 points) or above to pass this course. No incompletes. (3 hrs.)
ENGL 1020 - Critical Thinking and Argumentation
Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or equivalent. Writing essays based on critical analyses of various literary texts. Emphasis on sound argumentative techniques. Requires documented research paper. Students must earn a grade of “C” (70/100 points) or above to pass this course. No Incompletes. (3 hrs.)
There are three versions of ENGL 1020.
English 1020: Cultural Expression will explore facets of high culture and popular culture.
English 1020: Civic Engagement will explore the workings of social groups and institutions.
English 1020: Scientific Exploration will explore the implications of scientific and technical advancements in the everyday world.
ENGL 1010L - Critical Reading and Expository Writing with Learning Support
Writing paragraphs and essays based on close readings of various texts, with an emphasis on clear, grammatically correct expository prose. Students must take this course during the first eligible semester at the university. Students must earn a grade of “C” (70/100 points) or above to pass this course. No Incompletes. This course includes two additional hours each week of learning support activities. (5 hrs.)
Thoughts on ENGL 1010L
Online courses have become the norm in many institutions of higher education. In the past fifteen years, ETSU has built its own online system and joined the TNeCampus to provide quality online instruction to students throughout Tennessee and around the world.
One problem with online instruction is that instructors oftentimes assume that online is the same as face-to-face when it comes to course development and delivery. As it turns out, online instruction has its own set of challenges (and rewards) that make it a unique experience for everyone involved.
If you have been given an online assignment, please review the following links to learn more about best practice guidelines and research into online instruction.
- Online versions of ENGL 1010 and 1020 adhere to the department's grading policies.
- While it is more difficult to determine attendance in an online course, instructors can use participation scores to determine whether a student is actually attending the online course.
Best Practices in Online Instruction by the Hanover Research Council
Information on this page will update prior to each semester. If there is specific information you'd like to see added to this page, please contact Michael Briggs.
Articles & Sites
For Classroom Use...
- Center for Academic Achievement
- TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
- Handouts and Links /UNC Chapel Hill
- The Obvious Benefits of In-Class Writing Assignments
- The Overworked Bachelor's Degree
- Top 10 Books on Teaching
- Life on the Mississippi, Now
- What is the Earthly Use of a Liberal Arts Education?
- 6 Top Smartphone Apps to Improve Teaching, Research, and Your Life