OCC English Welcome Letter and Reading List

June 7, 2022

Dear Class of 2023 OCC English Student:

We are pleased you have chosen OCC’s ENG 103 and 104 courses, and we look forward to working with you throughout your senior year! Our classes are a great opportunity for you to grow as a writer, as a reader, and as a college-level student.

There are a few things that you should know before taking on this challenge. You will receive 3 college credits for each English course. ENG 103 is a prerequisite for ENG 104. Because of West Genesee’s partnership with College Credit Now programs, both courses are free for our students. You will be expected to complete the course work with the same rigor and quality as do your peers on the OCC campus. Here are the official course descriptions:

ENGLISH 103: COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE I:  This course develops the skills and knowledge necessary for writing college-level expository prose. Methods for developing content, organizing information and ideas on the page, and presenting that material to a reader clearly, concisely, and coherently will be taught. These methods will be practiced in a writing workshop setting in which students actively participate in writing groups to discuss, peer review and conference. Various challenging readings may be used as a source of models and ideas.

ENGLISH 104: COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE II:  This course is designed to nurture an appreciation for literature, including short stories, poetry, and drama, along with developing academic writing skills. Students learn to comprehend and respond to literature in their own writing. Skills developed in English 103, such as analytic and critical reading and writing, summarizing, and paraphrasing, are developed through the study of literature. Research techniques and forms are also taught. [Prerequisite: English 103]

Please join the “OCC English Summer 2022” Google Classroom page (class code: il6vf6r) as soon as possible. Once you join, familiarize yourself with the summer assignments. You do not need to read a novel from the English department’s Summer Reading list. Instead, you will be reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King as well as a chapter in the course textbook, Writing Analytically. The chapter from the textbook is available in Google Classroom, but you will need to obtain your own copy of On Writing. We will be using this text into the fall semester, so it is recommended that you purchase your own copy rather than borrow one from the library. Amazon has both new and used copies available. If the cost of the book is an issue, please let us know!

In addition to the readings, you will also be asked to complete written assignments. The written assignments will be due by 11:59 PM on the first Friday of school (September 9). However, be sure to review the instructions for all reading and written assignments carefully, and complete them in the correct order!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email one of us. We will be more than happy to help you. Have a safe and restful summer!


Mrs. Tina Middaugh– tmiddaugh@westgenesee.org

Mr. Daniel Callahan– dcallahan@westgenesee.org