Language and Composition

This course provides an introduction to college‐level writing and covers the basics of composition including (1) types of essays, (2) how to analyze essay writing, and (3) how to prewrite and edit essays. The course also includes a description and understanding of rhetoric, argumentation, persuasion, and the rhetorical situation as it applies to past and current writing.

* This course is offered as an Elective.

Course Information

Analyze and interpret the functions of essays of different genres.

Bloom’s level 5

Implement composition basics of prewriting, drafting, and editing to construct an essay.

Bloom’s level 5

Create original essays based on the function and purpose of different essay genres.

Bloom’s level 6

Evaluate and apply composition basics of editing, ethics, documentation, and citations to original essays.

Bloom’s level 5

Apply the elements of the rhetorical situation to essay analysis and original writing.

Bloom’s level 3

Evaluate and explain elements of argumentation and persuasion as they apply to writing and rhetorical situations.

Bloom’s level 5

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.

2 Year Public College #1
2 Year Public College #2
4 Year Regional Public University
4 Year Public Research
 Lesson   Quizzes
51 Variable Variable Variable N/A
 Scaffolded   Writing   Assignments
5 14 Journal Reflections 1 Review of a College Event Variable 4
 Module   Quizzes
11 Variable Variable Variable N/A
1 Midterm Exam
1 Final Exam
1 Final Exam 1 Final Exam 2 Unit Exams
1 Final Exam
 Full Essay Assignments
4 Essays
1 Research Essay
5 Essays
1 Research Essay
4 Essays 4 Essays 4 Essays*
N/A Participation N/A N/A *Last full essay is considered the final

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!