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Onward Courses, Labs and Degree Credit - Composition

About Onward Composition Classes


Onward Writing courses are designed to teach and review grammatical, spelling, and writing skills through practical application by writing a variety of essays, keeping a journal, and researching a topic at some length, preparing the student to be ready for almost any writing assignment in other academic courses. Although no credit will apply toward a college degree directly, the opportunity to earn three credits in lieu of taking ENG 101 is based on a portfolio of writing samples, the grade in the course, and permission of the English Department representative.

ONE 12: Onward Composition

Students will learn to write an academic essay by using the process of assessing the writing situation; developing and shaping ideas; drafting and revising; and designing MLA documents. At least four essays will be assigned based on your readings and experience, including a comparison/contrast essay and a longer argument essay that will go through many revisions. A substantial emphasis will be on grammatical skills, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. 3 credits.

ENG 101: College Composition

Students practice the ways in which writing serves to expand, clarify, and order experience and knowledge, with particular attention to persuasive writing.  Satisfactory completion of the course depends upon quality of weekly writing assignments as well as demonstration of proficiency in college-level writing. 3 degree credits.

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Onward News

2015 Onward Information Sessions

Dates will be posted in Fall 2014. In the Onward Information Sessions, Onward participants will share their personal experiences as students attending the University of Maine in the Onward Program. Staff will be available to answer questions about financial aid, coursework, work load, and more.Light refreshments will be served. All sessions take place in 125 East Annex on the University of Maine campus. A tour of our facility is included. Reservations are not needed, but are welcome. Call 581-2320 for more information.

Onward 1st year student helps keep veterans warm

Patrick Herbert, a first year Onward student and veteran, has started a coat drive for veterans. Check out the newscast here.

The Onward Program has two new instructors! We welcome Sara Sheppard as our Instructor of Developmental Reading and Writing and Todd Zoroya as our Instructor of Developmental Mathematics. Check out Sara and Todd's pages on the CSP Staff Links.
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Onward Program
125 East Annex, University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2320 | Fax: (207) 581-4252E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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