Writing Fundamentals

Writing Fundamentals

Sophia's Writing Fundamentals course emphasizes the principles of writing coherent expository paragraphs and essays. The course introduces the concept of writing as a process that includes prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. You will develop your proficiency in Edited Standard Written English as well as reading comprehension principles. This course is not offered for academic credit. Full Description

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Strayer University
  • – credits at Strayer University
  • Strayer University Equivalency: Writing Fundamentals (ENG 090)

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Accepted for transfer by Strayer University.

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Writing Fundamentals

Course Description
Sophia's Writing Fundamentals course emphasizes the principles of writing coherent expository paragraphs and essays. The course introduces the concept of writing as a process that includes prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Reading comprehension strategies are also covered. You will develop your proficiency in Edited Standard Written English (ESWE) through reinforcing a clear understanding of parts of speech, punctuation, and mechanics. This course is not offered for academic credit.

Assessments and Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 7 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 5 Touchstone assessments (these are writing assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Implement basic grammar rules and common forms of punctuation within sentences
  • Determine the main and supporting points of an essay by narrowing down a topic
  • Develop effective sentences consistent with Edited Standard Written English
  • Apply the writing process to develop an introduction, thesis, body paragraphs, and conclusion for a given topic
  • Correct common grammatical errors to be consistent with Edited Standard Written English
  • Identify strategies for reading effectively and efficiently in an academic context
  • Correct organizational and stylistic errors to be consistent with Edited Standard Written English

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Derrick C. on February 18, 2021
i loved it!!!thanks strayer!!!!!
by Davee S. on February 4, 2021
Very good class however, It was very challenging to complete my Final Touchstone but it made me a better writer. Also this Touchstone prepared me with amazing writing skills for college!!
by Kiara R. on February 3, 2021
Great class! It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!!
by Rene M. on January 25, 2021
Awesome class! I appreciated the feedback and gained a wealth of information that I can apply when writing professionally and informally!
by Janice W. on January 22, 2021
The lack of communication skills needs help.
by Tabitha C. on January 18, 2021
i really enjoyed taking this course. I have never been confident in English, but this course was so helpful. The feedback i got from Mr. Elrod was very informational and instead of feeling lost his feedback actually drove me further.
by towanda j. on January 7, 2021
Thank you to the gentlemen who helped me in grading my essay. I like the way, Sophia walks you through the different learning experiences.
by Latrell b. on January 4, 2021
Excellent experience!


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  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?

    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

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    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included as part of a Sophia membership.

  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

    A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.

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