Provided below are the course learning objectives for English 1. They are provided so as to give a more solid understanding of how the four learning objectives developed in this project work toward the larger course goals.
Course Learning Objectives for English 1
To complete English 1 successfully, students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
- Read and analyze college level texts.
- Write academic prose with a clear purpose and effective, logical, relevant support from sources.
- Locate, evaluate, organize, and synthesize research material from a variety of sources.
- Compose essays that demonstrate consistent control of academic discourse and rhetoric.
Below are four learning objectives--when you click on each one, you will be taken to that objective, as well as activities and assessments; note that the progression of the four objectives works to prepare students to demonstrate proficiency in the course objectives listed above. As explained by Sanford Gold (2001), constructivist "learning is not about producing specific outcomes, but the process by which those outcomes are produced. Products need to be evaluated within the contexts they were produced. Product assessment should also be rich and multimodal to include as many different ways of expressing meaning as possible, such as, portfolios" (p. 46)--the portfolio is the students' final project. You can also see a snapshot of how each objective plays out in the concept map below.
Learning Objectives Concept Map
Learning Objectives and Bloom's Taxonomy
The goals of English 1 are to equip students to be successful at the highest levels, according to Bloom's Taxonomy. Higher-level activities, such as analysis and synthesis are emphasized. The taxonomy table below illustrates the specific use of Bloom's levels of thinking with the aim being the higher levels.