Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: ENGL-1301 (Section: 9E, CRN: 91445)
Composition I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sarah Culver
Email culvers@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6330
Office Educational I - Room: 231
Office Hours Not applicable 
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Additional Materials/Resources None.
  • ENGL-0302 College Reading Skills
  • ENGL-0317 Developmental Writing II
  • ENGL-0327 Integrated Reading and Writing
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 
Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. 
Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution. 
Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose. 
Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts. 
Use Edited American English in academic essays
Core Objectives
Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Lecture Topics Outline This semester, we will talk about the following:
The Writing Process
How to: Peer Review
Narrative Essays
Compare and Contrast Essays
Descriptive Essays
Process Analysis Essays
Argumentative and Persuasive Essay
Introduction and Conclusion Paragraphs
Literary Devices
Topic Statements
Thesis Statements
Major Assignments Schedule Introduction Letter- due 9-8-23
Compare/Contrast Paper - due 9-29-23
Descriptive Paper- due 10-20-23
Process Analysis Paper- due 11-17-23
Argumentative/Persuasive Paper- due 12-13-23
Final Exam Date December 13, 2023 - 4:0 PM
Grading Scale 90-100 =A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
59 and below = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Introduction Letter= 10%
Compare Contrast Essay= 15%
Descriptive Essay= 15%
Process Analysis Essay= 15%
Final = 20%
 Misc.= 15%
Participation= 10%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy My attendance policy is reflective of campus policy
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431