ENG 107 Syllabus

Course Description

Students will develop reading skills for improved comprehension in the arts and sciences. Students will also develop strategies for comprehending college texts across the disciplines, discerning organizational patterns, distinguishing between key points and support, drawing inferences, building vocabulary, problem solving, mapping, and retention.

  1. Read texts with engagement and understanding.
  2. Apply text concepts to personal experience, previously learned knowledge, and practical situation.
  3. Retain and recall information.
  4. Understand world-views among academic disciplines.

NOTE: This is a very rigorous course. You will be expected to spend 9-12 hours per week on reading and assignments.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

BYU-Idaho Learning Model Implementation

Prepare - Qualify yourself to learn through appropriate preparation.

Teach One Another - As you participate, you clarify and deepen your understanding.

Ponder and Prove - Demonstrate and apply your knowledge.

Course Materials

You must purchase the following required textbook:

50 Essays: A Portable Anthology by Samuel Cohen. 5th Edition. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016 (ISBN 13: 978-1319043728)

The required textbook for this course is a low-cost auto access digital textbook through RedShelf.  Access the textbook using the link provided in the Student Resources module of this course. You will be automatically charged for the digital textbook after the “Add” deadline (the end of the 2nd week of the semester). 

For further help, here are the Screensteps to show you how to find your textbook through RedShelf.

If you do not want to use the digital textbook (perhaps you already purchased the print version of the textbook), you must opt out. Follow these instructions if you wish to opt out: https://web.byui.edu/byuistore/booklist.

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Technical Requirements

We use I-Learn for all of our assignments and learning in this class, along with Zoom to connect for the weekly Shared Inquiry Discussion Groups.

You will need a computer and is recommended that you have a webcam and a headset with a microphone.

Course Policies


Participation is crucial to the learning process.  Students are expected to adhere to the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and be well prepared and actively involved every week. The course relies heavily upon practical application of learning.  You will be graded on the quantity and quality of your participation and completion of assignments.

Late Work Policy

All assignments must be turned in the day they are due; late assignments will lose 25% each day up to five days.  No late work will be accepted after the five days.  Assignments will be accepted late without penalty due to legitimate extenuating circumstances.

Academic Integrity

As described by the BYU-Idaho Honor Code, academic dishonesty constitutes a violation of the university rules and regulations and is punishable according to the procedures outlined by BYU-I.  Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, and cheating.


Assignments/Tasks Percentage
Journal Entries 20%
Critical Reading Products 15%
Critical Thinking Questions and Reflection 15%
Shared Inquiry Discussion Participation 10%
Lesson Activities 10%
Reading Comprehension Quizzes 10%
Spiritual Thought Posts and Replies 10%
Exams 10%

Course Requirements

Spiritual Thought

At the beginning of each week the theme for the weeks learning will be introduced in a short spiritual thought.  Students will be given a prompt that they need to respond to in a discussion board and respond to at least two others by the end of the week.

Reading Strategies and Skills

Each week a new rhetorical pattern, strategy or skill will be reviewed and discussed.  Students will complete an activity demonstrating their learning of the concepts.


There are typically three readings (essays, articles, or textbook chapters) that students will need to read before the middle of the week.  The readings are composed of different complexities, styles, and cover a wide array of topics.  These readings come from the course text.

Journal Entries

Students will create a journal entry for each of the readings.  The journal entry follow a specific format and require the student to analyze the text for author's purpose, tone, appeal, and to make a gospel connection.

Critical Reading Products

Each week students will be assigned a critical reading role that they must then create a product for each essay.  Roles include, Word Warrior, Passage Picker, Illustrator, etc.  They are submitted in a discussion board where students give feedback to each other before revising and submitting them for grading.

Critical Thinking Questions

Students will be taught how to write interpretive, evaluative, and factual questions. They will create five questions for each essay that are used during the weekly Shared Inquiry Discussion Group.

Shared Inquiry Discussion Group

Toward the end of each lesson students will participate in a face-to-face discussion online using Zoom facilitated by the BYU-Idaho reading tutor using Zoom.  During the discussion the students will share their questions and discuss the essays that were read during the week. Students will submit their critical thinking questions and also a reflection about the discussion at the end of the week. If you have any issues with connecting or attending online Shared Inquiry Group you should contact BYU-I Reading Center.

Reading Comprehension Quiz

At the end of each lesson their is a short quiz that checks students comprehension regarding the reading assignments and the topics discussed.

Course Exams

There are two course assessments given during the course. The assessments occur during Lesson 5 and Lesson 9. Each assessment will ask students to reflect on three of the essays that they have read during the semester and write a short thematic analysis (5 paragraph analysis). Students will be asked to identify a central claim/theme and support the claim/theme with evidence from the passages we have read with appropriate reasoning.

Final Exam

At the end of the semester you will complete a three part final exam. The exam is composed of a thematic analysis, rhetorical patterns test, and reflection.

Course Changes

Occasionally, adjustments are made mid-course to the syllabus.  If any change is made to the syllabus students will be notified and a copy of the changes will be available in I-Learn.

Disability Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to "reasonable accommodation."  It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special need she/he may have before the end of the first week of class.


There is tutoring available through the BYU-Idaho Reading Center.  For more information about accessing tutoring for this class, please contact 208-496-4290.