Introductory Reading and Writing

Introductory Reading and Writing is designed for students who need to further develop their capabilities in language use—reading, writing, and thinking—to prepare for future assignments and help them develop proficiency in college-level reading and writing. This course emphasizes academic reading and writing assignments and will cover fundamental principles of writing while stressing the steps of the writing process. Grammar exercises will supplement writing instruction to provide a review of current usage. Students will work with reading and writing processes such as previewing the text, organizing text information, identifying main ideas, annotating, summarizing, evaluating information, outlining, writing, editing, and revising. They will study a variety of essay types and complete a final research paper applying their reading, writing, and thinking skills.

Course Information

Document active reading strategies, analyze and evaluate text. 

Bloom’s level 5

Develop an essay using the writing process and illustrate correct usage of conventions of language.

Bloom’s level 6

Write a compare and contrast essay demonstrating the steps of the writing process and applying appropriate grammar and language conventions. 

Bloom’s level 5

Write a persuasive research paper showing evidence of basic research skills including citations, an understanding of the writing process, and correct usage of conventions of language. 

Bloom’s level 3

Combine a responsible interpretation of a passage from the New Testament letters with a dilemma faced by the church, either historically or currently.

Bloom’s level 6

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Residential University
4 Year Private University#1
4 Year Public University
4 Year Private University #2
 Lesson Quizzes
55 Variable 5 Variable N/A
Module Quizzes
13 Variable 15 Variable 11
2 N/A N/A 1 Final Project 2
 Essay Assignments
4 4 5 Summary Paragraphs 3 Variable
Participation –
2 Discussions
Short Writings Participation
Short Writings
Response Journals

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

Purchasing Options


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Courses on Demand

This option is perfect for homeschooling parents and students as well as independent learners. A single license grants a student access to a single course — offered by a TEL Partner Institution utilizing TEL Curriculum. Start learning today!