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English 1010

The goal of English 1010 is to help each student develop into a more thoughtful reader and more effective writer, one who understands how writers make meaning through language.

English 1010 introduces students to academic writing and research by emphasizing inquiry, critical analysis, synthesis, argumentation, accurate citation and documentation, and facility with standard edited English.

Learning Outcomes

The work assigned in ENGL 1010 is designed to develop in first-year college writers a deeper understanding of the complexities of writing through instruction and guided practice in the skills, processes, and strategies necessary for effective, successful writing.

Students should develop and demonstrate the abilities to do the following:

A) Identify how an author’s purpose, audience, genre, and context determine effective writing.

B) Discover, develop, and explain ideas through writing processes that include generating, planning, revising, editing, and proofreading multiple drafts of a text.

C) Compose an effectively organized essay that focuses on a clear purpose and that develops major points that support its main idea(s) in reasonable and effective ways.

D) Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality.

E) Critique their own and others’ writing.

F) Control features such as sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and appropriate documentation (MLA).


Wardle, Elizabeth and Doug Downs. Writing about Writing: A College Reader. Second Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014. (ISBN-13: 9781457636943 / ISBN-10: 1457636948)

Hacker, Diana. Rules for Writers. Seventh Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's 2012. (ISBN-13: 9780312647360 / ISBN-10: 0312677359)


All students enrolled in English 1010 must have met one of the follow prerequisites:

  • DSPW 0800 with a grade of "C" or better;
  • ACT English score of at least 18 or an SAT verbal score of at least 450;
  • A satisfactory score on a placement test administered by the University of Memphis Testing Center.

Further, this course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better before students can continue to English 1020.


Students may be exempted from English 1010 under the following conditions:

  • acceptable transfer credit of an equivalent college course;
  • a score of 3 or higher on either the Advanced Placement Language and Composition examination or the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition examination;
  • an ACT English subscore of 29 or above;
  • a score deemed a "Pass" on the CLEP College Composition Modular examination.

First-Year Writing Program

English 1020

The Collaborative Academic Professionalization (CAP) Program


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