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Welcome to Composition at the Beach! CSULB’s composition program is committed to helping students develop the writing abilities needed to succeed in their academic careers, their future professions, their civic responsibilities, and their lives in general. This social networking site is rich with resources for composition instructors and students. Through the “Groups” tab, Composition at the Beach also serves as the portal for many courses: from First-Year Composition to Advanced Argumentation to our graduate course on Theories and Practices of Composition, the site presents the most up-to-date approaches to teaching writing today.

Students: Composition at the Beach is a social network with over 1000 members. The site has been designed to complement your English classes, and many of your instructors have created class groups for you to join. You can look for your class under the “Groups” tab. Please keep in mind that this “Main” page is visible to everyone on the site. This means that anything you post to the main page or write in the main room chat feature can be seen by everyone: not just the people in your class. If you’d like to ask a question, be sure to identify your course number or instructor. To avoid confusion, it may be best to message your instructor or a classmate privately.

In addition to Composition at the Beach, you may have been asked to join Beachboard. Note that Beachboard is CSULB’s contained course management system and it is not Composition at the Beach. Your login information for Beachboard should be identical to your login for MyCSULB. You must choose your own username and password for Composition at the Beach. 
As always, please ask your instructor if you need clarification. 

Events

Composition 100

Approved Composition Textbook List for 100 and 100S for the 2013-2014 academic year

ENGL 100 Assessment Project spring 2014

Composition 100 Standard Course Outline

Sample Syllabi

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  • Syllabus 3 (This sample is only the schedule. The particular instructor has a Ning course site and the syllabus policies and procedures are located online on bolgspot.)
  • Syllabus 4 (This sample incorporates multimedia, including the integration of Composition at the Beach)

Sample Assignments

Composition 100S

Critical Reading Presentation

Composition 100S Assessment Project Fall 2013

Composition 100S Rubric for Assessment Project Fall 2013

Composition 100S Standard Course Outline 

Composition 100S, formerly known as ENGL 1 and ENGL 1E, is now a stretch course and is a graded, credit bearing course. We will be overhauling this section with resources for ENGL 100S during summer 2013.

Sample Syllabi

Early Start Program

The CSU system enacted a policy known as "Early Start" requiring incoming students who score 147 or below on the English Placement Test to begin remediation during the summer. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

Forum

Peer Review for Basic Writing

Started by Sarah Roussin in Assignments Feb 21.

Common Core Standard Video

Started by Brenda in Composition Issues Nov 13, 2013.

Request for Readings

Started by Carol Zitzer-Comfort in Composition Issues Sep 20, 2013.

Approved list of Textbooks for 2013 - 2014

Started by Sarah Arroyo in Composition Issues Aug 12, 2013.

Resources

Check out some helpful resources in the "Resources" tab above.

 
 
 

A place to converge and a place to write for students and faculty in CSULB's Rhetoric and Composition Program.

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Blog Posts

Final Blog

It's funny to think that this semester is coming to a close already. I feel that the time just flew by. I finished my observation hours, but I plan to attend Nancy Himel's class for the remainder of the semester. I just love to be in there.…

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Posted by Chanelle Jacobson on April 23, 2014 at 1:12pm

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The school I was originally observing booted me.  I shouldn't say they booted me but I feel like they did.  Except for one teacher that I observed a single time, I have to say I never felt welcome there.  The teacher I was observing informed me…

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Posted by Ken on April 23, 2014 at 1:09pm

Fishbowls

  • How is the classroom organized? What type of learning and behavior does the classroom organization foster?

I don't know if any of you have heard of socratic seminars, but today Ms. Hill…

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Posted by Melissa Hernandez on April 22, 2014 at 10:15pm

Teacher for twenty!

In these past weeks I have formed a good relationship with the teacher I am observing. Because of our relationship, I feel comfortable to try things in her classes that I might not attempt if I were observing someone else. Usually I sit and…

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Posted by azere wilson on April 22, 2014 at 3:26pm

Blog Post 4: Nonfictional Readings and Research

The students focus on a lot more fictional, required novels, than they do with nonfiction. Although their readings mostly consist of fictional novels, there is a nonfiction aspect to the work that they do. Instead of writing literary analysis…

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Posted by Natalie Ha on April 21, 2014 at 12:02pm

Blog Post 12th grade classroom

I have been writing down all my observations and have finally decided I should post some of them. I have been observing a 12th grade English class at Leuzinger High School. I used to have Mrs. P as my teacher back in the 10th grade.

I…

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Posted by evelyn on April 14, 2014 at 2:02pm

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