Fundamentals of Composition III LACR 103
Mondays and Thursdays
C. Blanca Gonzalez
Office Hours: By appointment
1500 Pine Street, 100
215. 717 .6820
A continuation of LACR 101, LACR 103 is the second part of a year-long course that builds on and develops the writing and reading processes that lead to argumentation. During this term an inquiry-based research paper is the focus, as well as the grammatical and structural elements of writing college-level essays. The independent research project allows you to utilize the critical reading and writing skills introduced in 101-- describing, summarizing, analyzing, applying, and synthesizing -- to develop a scholarly argument. To illustrate the importance of context in the process of research, a curriculum that is focused around a chosen period – the 1950s – will be examined. You will continue to access and assess source material available from the library.
By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Employ and further develop the critical reading and writing skills introduced in 101 -- describing, summarizing, analyzing, applying, and synthesizing -- to compose a major research essay (about seven pages in length) and build an argument based on a synthesis of previous scholarship, elaborating upon an author’s argument orally and in writing.
a)Conduct independent research through books, periodicals, reference works, on-line databases, interviews, etc.
b)Synthesize primary and secondary source material to develop a scholarly argument
c)Apply source material avoiding intentional or unintentional plagiarism through direct quotation and paraphrase and cite in MLA format (in-text citations and bibliography)
d)Create an annotated bibliography with five to seven sources that illustrates the ability to access and assess various types of source material.
- Assess primary and secondary sources (locate author’s thesis, evaluate evidence, weigh credibility)
- Access source material through the library holdings: reference section, on-line databases, stacks, and in-library periodicals.
- Recognize and edit patterns of grammatical error (sentence fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, punctuation, and spelling) to write clear sentences.