College Writing for High School Juniors (ENG109) is two-credit-hour, pass/fail writing seminar that provides a critical writing and inquiry experience for high-achieving high school juniors in Alamance and Guilford counties. Designed and taught by Elon first-year writing faculty, the seminar is an outreach initiative of the First-Year Writing Program and Collegiate Start @ Elon.
This writing course prepares high school students for college-level writing. Instruction centers on argumentative and narrative writing, with projects ranging from editorials and personal essays to annotated bibliographies and blog posts. Students will also reflect on ways to adapt their learning to future contexts, such as college application essays, Advanced Placement courses, and college courses. Though assignments vary, each course will focus on the following Goals and Experiences:
- Students will engage in several writing process strategies, including drafting, revision, and editing.
- Students will learn to give and respond to feedback on their writing from peers.
- Students will learn how to find, select, evaluate, and incorporate into their writing multiple academic and non-academic sources.
- Students will develop rhetorical knowledge, specifically an awareness of how to change writing for various audiences, purposes, and contexts.
- Students will reflect on their writing.
- Students will learn how to conduct college-level inquiry by developing information literacy and analytical writing skills.
- Students will be assigned writing both in class and out of class to encourage a sustained process of writing.
- Students will receive regular formative feedback on their writing from the course instructor.
Each spring semester, Elon offers at least one section of up to 15 students, who are selected through an application process that includes providing a writing sample. Upon successful completion of the course, including an attendance rate of 90%, students receive a grade of pass/fail and a certificate of completion. Outstanding students may request a letter of recommendation from the course instructor as evidence of their achievement.
This 12-week course meets on Monday afternoons from 4:15-6:00pm on Elon’s main campus and adheres to both Elon University’s and Alamance Burlington School System’s (ABSS) scheduled spring breaks.