ERIC Number: ED232713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
A Competency-Based System for Composition.
Lewis, Nancy; Sbaratta, Philip
This packet of competency-based instructional materials was developed for use in all sections of North Shore Community College's developmental composition course. Introductory material traces the development of the competency-based system at the college, which stemmed from a need for a more consistent approach in the composition classes. Next, the student materials are presented. First, a rationale for the course and its basic premises are highlighted (e.g., writing is learned by writing, writing problems are often thinking problems, and writing is a process involving particular stages). Next, course procedures are specified, including attendance requirements, writing tasks, solution plan for writing problems, the role of student assistants, grading, class session requirements, and maintenance of a record of progress. Then, stages in the composing process are outlined, including listing details and finding a focus, writing a thesis statement and outline, preparing first and subsequent drafts, revising until the composition meets specified criteria, and preparing the final draft after the instructor's approval to proceed is obtained. Instructions for completing eight composition assignments are then provided, which specify the task, indicate the audience and length of the composition, and discuss important concepts and ways to proceed. The course final examination concludes the packet. (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Shore Community Coll., Beverly, MA.