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Table of Contents
Connect Composition Essentials 3.0 Access Card
Proposed Table of Contents for Connect Composition 3.0 LearnSmart Achieve
Topic 1: The Writing Process
Outcome 1: Recognize writing as a process of discovery.
Outcome 2: Recognize writing as a recursive process.
Outcome 3: Recall the stages of the writing process.
Topic 2: Generating Ideas
Outcome 4: Identify the purpose and audience for analytical writing projects.
Outcome 5: Identify the purpose and audience for informative writing projects.
Outcome 6: Identify the purpose and audience for argumentative writing projects.
Outcome 7: Identify the context and type of writing for analytical writing projects.
Outcome 8: Identify the context and type of writing for informative writing projects.
Outcome 9: Identify the context and type of writing for argumentative writing projects.
Outcome 10: Compare the techniques used to generate ideas for writing.
Topic 3: Planning and Organizing
Outcome 11: Identify the approach to creating thesis statements for analytical writing projects.
Outcome 12: Identify the approach to creating thesis statements for informative writing projects.
Outcome 13: Identify the approach to creating thesis statements for argumentative writing projects.
Outcome 14: Compare/Contrast the different ways of organizing ideas based on the purpose.
Outcome 15: Compare/Contrast the different ways of organizing ideas based on the thesis statement.
Outcome 16: Illustrate the appropriate use of outlining for arranging ideas into a logical structure.
Topic 4: Drafting
Outcome 17: Identify the qualities of effective introductory paragraphs.
Outcome 18: Identify the qualities of effective topic sentences.
Outcome 19: Identify the qualities of unified paragraphs.
Outcome 20: Identify the techniques to create coherent paragraphs.
Outcome 21: Classify the different types of transitions used to connect paragraphs.
Outcome 22: Identify the qualities of effective concluding paragraphs.
Topic 5: Revising
Outcome 23: Describe revision strategies to improve a text.
Outcome 24: Identify the role of peer reviewers when giving feedback.
Outcome 25: Identify the role of the writer when receiving feedback.
Outcome 26: Identify the techniques for making text clear, concise, and correct.
Outcome 27: Identify the techniques for making visual elements clear, concise, and correct.
Topic 6: Proofreading, Formatting, and Producing Texts
Outcome 28: Identify the techniques for checking final text for spelling, punctuation, and other errors.
Outcome 29: Compare the effects of visual design choices on the message of a text.
Outcome 30: Compare the effects of the choice of media.
Outcome 31: Identify MLA text format for an academic paper.
Outcome 32: Identify APA text format for an academic paper.
Topic 1: Reading to Understand Literal Meaning
Outcome 1: Identify the central purpose of a text using textual cues that point to the main idea.
Outcome 2: Identify the central purpose of a text using visual cues that point to the main idea.
Outcome 3: Illustrate the appropriate use of annotating to aid the understanding of a text.
Outcome 4: Illustrate the appropriate use of note taking to aid the understanding of a text.
Outcome 5: Illustrate the appropriate use of outlining to aid the understanding of a text.
Outcome 6: Illustrate the appropriate use of paraphrasing to aid the understanding of a text.
Outcome 7: Illustrate the appropriate use of summarizing to aid the understanding of a text.
Outcome 8: Identify a claim or argument in a text.
Outcome 9: Identify evidence used to support a claim in a text.
Topic 2: Evaluating Truth and Accuracy in a Text
Outcome 10: Identify the presumed audience for a text and the values/beliefs of that audience.
Outcome 11: Recognize the difference between impartial language and language intended to appeal to readers’ emotions and self-interest.
Outcome 12: Recognize where and why information is missing from a text.
Outcome 13: Identify correct and incorrect information in a text.
Outcome 14: Identify contradictory information in a text.
Outcome 15: Identify opposing arguments presented in a text.
Outcome 16: Recognize markers that are used to evaluate the scholarly credibility of a text.
Topic 3: Evaluating the Effectiveness and Appropriateness of a Text
Outcome 17: Compare the effectiveness of different organizational strategies used in a text.
Outcome 18: Identify a logical appeal in a text.
Outcome 19: Identify an ethical appeal in a text.
Outcome 20: Identify an emotional appeal in a text.
Outcome 21: Determine the appropriate tone for a text from a given type of writing, intended audience, and purpose.
Topic 1: Developing and Implementing a Research Plan
Outcome 1: Identify appropriate research questions for a given purpose or thesis statement.
Outcome 2: Identify appropriate primary sources to explore a given set of research questions.
Outcome 3: Identify appropriate secondary sources to explore a given set of research questions.
Outcome 4: Identify the uses and limitations of general information sources.
Outcome 5: Given a research question, identify appropriate keywords (research terms) for use in searching a library database or Internet search engine.
Topic 2: Evaluating Information and Sources
Outcome 6: Identify relevant and appropriate sources of information for a given research question and intended audience.
Outcome 7: Recognize sources that may be biased, incomplete, or untrustworthy.
Outcome 8: Identify the level of expertise of a source.
Outcome 9: Determine the reliability of online sources.
Outcome 10: Determine if a source is popular or scholarly.
Outcome 11: Identify the appropriate use of popular sources and scholarly sources.
Topic 3: Integrating Source Material into a Text
Outcome 12: Compare the use of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting from a text.
Outcome 13: Compare the use of strategies for integrating source material into a text.
Outcome 14: Explain the use and purpose of MLA works-cited lists.
Outcome 15: Explain the use and purpose of APA reference lists.
Outcome 16: Demonstrate the correct use of an in-text citation using MLA format.
Outcome 17: Demonstrate the correct use of an in-text citation using APA format.
Topic 4: Using Information Ethically and Legally
Outcome 18: Define plagiarism and “patchwriting.”
Outcome 19: Explain why plagiarism and “patchwriting” are inappropriate uses of sources in a text.
Outcome 20: Recognize the importance of documenting sources of information.
Outcome 21: Recall what is meant by “common knowledge.”
Outcome 22: Identify information that does not require documentation.
Reasoning and Argument
Topic 1: Developing an Effective Thesis or Claim
Outcome 1: Identify the criteria for an effective claim or thesis.
Outcome 2: Distinguish debatable claims from claims that are not debatable.
Outcome 3: Distinguish defensible claims from claims that are not defensible.
Outcome 4: Distinguish focused claims from claims that are not focused.
Topic 2: Using Evidence and Reasoning to Support a Thesis or Claim
Outcome 5: Recognize the effective use of examples, data, facts, and statistics to support a claim.
Outcome 6: Recognize the effective use of illustrations and other visual elements to support a claim.
Outcome 7: Recognize the effective use of expert sources to support a claim.
Outcome 8: Predict opposing arguments or opinions that may arise for a claim.
Outcome 9: Identify reasoning or evidence that could refute an objection to a claim.
Topic 3: Using Ethos (Ethics) to Persuade Readers
Outcome 10: Define the ethical mode (ethos) of persuasion.
Outcome 11: Identify elements of a text that establish the writer’s credibility with an audience.
Outcome 12: Identify elements of a text that could harm the writer’s credibility with an audience.
Outcome 13: Recognize the difference between objective and biased language in a text.
Topic 4: Using Pathos (Emotion) to Persuade Readers
Outcome 14: Define the emotional mode (pathos) of persuasion.
Outcome 15: Identify emotional appeals that support the logical argument in a text.
Outcome 16: Identify what type of tone is appropriate to a rhetorical situation.
Outcome 17: Identify the unethical use of emotional appeals in a text.
Topic 5: Using Logos (Logic) to Persuade Readers
Outcome 18: Define the logical mode (logos) of persuasion.
Outcome 19: Identify the use of inductive logic to support a claim in a text.
Outcome 20: Identify the use of deductive logic to support a claim in a text.
Outcome 21: Identify the strategies writers use to demonstrate that evidence supports their claims.
Outcome 22: Identify logical fallacies in a text.
PLUS THE FOLLOWING PLP 2.0 CONTENT TO BE INCORPORATED:
Grammar and Common Sentence Problems
Parts of Speech
Phrases and Clauses
Fused (Run-on) Sentences and Comma Splices
Verbs and Verbals
Adjectives and Adverbs
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
Verb Tense and Voice Shifts
Punctuation and Mechanics
Style and Word Choice
Coordination and Subordination
Clichés, Slang, and Jargon
Helping Verbs, Gerunds and Infinitives, and Phrasal Verbs
Nouns, Verbs, and Objects
Count and Noncount Nouns
Sentence Structure and Word Order
Participles and Adverb Placement
Connect Composition Essentials 3.0 Handbook Table of Contents
Part 1: Documenting Sources
Chapter 1. Writing with Sources Using MLA Format
Chapter 2. Writing with Sources Using APA Format
Chapter 3. Writing with Sources using Chicago Manual of Style, CSE, and Other Formats
Part 2: The Research Process
Chapter 4. Creating a Research Strategy
Chapter 5. Researching and Evaluating Traditional Sources
Chapter 6. Researching and Evaluating Electronic Sources
Chapter 7. Taking Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism
Chapter 8. Writing with Sources
Part 3: Special Writing Situations
Chapter 9. Writing about Literature
Chapter 10. Communicating in Class: Essay Examinations and Oral Presentations
Chapter 11. Communicating in Business
Part 4: Sentence Style
Chapter 12. Learning about Sentences, Clauses, and Phrases
Chapter 13. Avoiding Fragments, Fused Sentences, and Comma Splices
Chapter 14. Combining Sentences through Coordination and Subordination
Chapter 15. Maintaining Parallelism
Chapter 16. Avoiding Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
Chapter 17. Correcting Mixed Constructions and Faulty Shifts
Chapter 18. Creating Interest by Varying Sentence Patterns
Chapter 19. Writing in Clear and Empathetic Style
Part 5: Word Choice
Chapter 20. Using a Dictionary and a Thesaurus
Chapter 21. Using Exact Language
Chapter 22. Maintaining Appropriate Tone, Style, and Word Choice
Chapter 23. Making Your Writing Concise
Part 6: Grammar
Chapter 24. Learning Parts of Speech
Chapter 25. Mastering Verb Forms and Tenses
Chapter 26. Maintaining Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter 27. Learning Pronoun Types, Cases, and Reference