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First-Year Writing Program

Your English 10 Options

Option 2: The Accelerated Option
(English 10)

What is Option 2?

English 10, Accelerated Academic Literacy, is an advanced class, and to choose this option you need to be very competent readers and writers, ready to read complex essays, develop research supported analyses and complete assignments at a faster pace. (1 semester, 3 units)

Generally speaking, you are well prepared for English 10 if you have done a lot of reading and writing in high school. If you choose English 10, you will learn how to further develop your critical reading abilities, and your knowledge about how to do research, as well as create complex arguments from that research. This class starts with longer assignments (5-7 pages) and will build on your abilities to inquire, reflect, compose, revise, and edit.

Finally, you should choose English 10 if you feel comfortable with rules of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. English 10 is for students who are willing to commit themselves to a faster-paced curriculum in reading and writing.


Why take Option 2?

• Fulfills requirement in one semester

• Emphasis on reading, researching, and writing

• Moves at a quicker pace

• Presents a greater challenge

• Begins with longer papers (5-7 pages)

Sample syllabus and writing assignments

Option 3: The Accelerated Option, with Support
(English 10, with English 1L)

What is Option 3?

Students who choose this option — English 10, Accelerated Academic Literacy, with English 1L, Writing Center Tutorial — feel confident about their abilities as readers and writers but might want a bit of additional feedback and support to make sure they are able to perform their best and reach their potential for academic writing and reading (as these abilities will be useful in all college classes).

This option starts with the same class described above in Option 2, but includes enrollment in an additional 1 unit, semester-long tutorial entitled English 1L.

Why take Option 3?

• Fulfills the requirement in one semester

• Adds support to English 10 with a semester-long tutorial

• Develops the work assigned in English 10 through tutorial meetings twice per week

• Provides more individual attention and guidance

Sample syllabus and writing assignments

Same as option 2