A student in one of my ENC 1101 courses asked me if there was a list of composition terms she could reference when analyzing course readings. I told her that, no, I didn’t provide a formal list, but that she could use her class notes, the textbooks, my Essay Rubric, Checklist for Writing Essays, and the comments I’d made on her drafts as starting places to find those terms.
We can attempt a list of composition terms here in the blog, as a small class project.
Please note that lists can pose problems, though: they may exclude things, they may be too exhaustive, they may cause us to feel that only these terms on our list can be used to discuss the texts we read, etc.
Therefore, if you enjoy/need/want lists, here’s a start to one possible list of composition terms. If you dislike/avoid/feel restricted or overwhelmed by lists, you may stop reading this blog post now.
- author’s thesis
- organization schme
- introduction strategy
- conclusion strategy
- word choice (a.k.a. diction)
- method of development
- sentence variety
- sentence emphasis
- writing situation (e.g. narrowed subject, audience, purpose, etc.)
- sentence types
- sentence structures
- parts of speech
- document design
- conventions of the discipline
- active verbs
- level of formality
If you would like to see other composition terms, strategies, or techniques included on this list, please leave a comment with your suggestion.