Basic Composition.com is an open resource for teachers, tutors, and students of basic composition (e.g., writing, composition, basic literacy, basic writing, second-language writing, freshman composition, sophomore composition, and other lower-level English composition courses). Our mission is to meet the needs of composition teachers, tutors, and students by providing a repository of instructional materials and scholarly artifacts absolutely free of charge.
Note: While the materials and artifacts posted on this site help to engage students and complement instruction, they are not a substitute for textbooks or proper classroom instruction. However, please feel free to download/use the materials here to construct your own courses, course packets, and lessons.
Who administers, writes, and reviews the content on this site?
Basic Composition.com is administered by Dr. Thomas Patrick Henry, Ph.D. of Utah Valley University with additional content provided by Emeritus Professor Kaye Jeffery and the Utah Valley University Writing Center (Director: Leigh Ann Copas, and Faculty Director: Dr. Joshua Hilst).
Who is the audience of BasicComposition.Com?
We are able to see (through user statistics/data) who is using our site. So far, we have seen everyone from home-schoolers to ivy-leaguers using our site. Basic Composition.com serves thousands of individuals (students, tutors, and teachers) internationally every month. And, we are very pleased to provide our materials to those teaching in developing countries and developing institutions around the globe. We are happy that you are here....
How reliable is the information provided on this site?
The information collected and provided on this site is about as reliable as any information found in a published textbook or ancilliary. We try to keep things as current and diverse as possible. Also, we are constantly learning new concepts as well.
A few things to consider: We observe and use trends (e.g., stylistic, grammatical, etc.) found in current textbooks and popular texts. The lessons presented here are indictative of such trends in the English language and in composition courses in higher education. We preserve some traditions as well; however, we only preserve those traditions which foster important values in college writing, such as clarity, coherence, consistency, conciseness, and creativity. Please recognize that the English language is always challenging. Moreover, please recognize that we try to represent as many approaches to teaching and learning as possible.
Are these materials copyrighted?
All of the materials contained within this site retain domestic (United States) and some international copyrights. Individual contributors have granted specific permissions to distribute these materials for educational purposes through this site.
Can I use the materials here? Is there a license?
You are granted a limited license (permission) to disseminate copies –both paper and/or digital- for classroom use, private tutoring, and individual use only. Reproductions and/or distribution without permission (in electronic and/or paper form) is a violation of federal copyright law. To obtain permission for distribution or reproduction, contact us.
Are the ideas represented here secured by copyright?
Good question. The United States Copyright Office states, "Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed."
Is there anything on this site that would infringe on copyright?
We are dedicated to obeying the laws here. If anything on our site were to infringe on copyright (in any way, shape, or form), then we hope you would contact us immediately (so that we could make a "good faith" effort to remove it promptly).
Why do you use particular pedagogies/terminology and not others?
The pedagogy (and terminology) one person uses is generally different from the pedagogy (and terminology) another person uses. Terms change from place to place (and space to space). We have changed some terms to make particular concepts more accessible to a broad range of students, especially those enrolled in English courses globally. In other words, we attempt to make our lessons appropriate to the level where the lesson is taught (e.g., basic writing courses, freshman composition, etc.). We have changed some academic terminology in order to facilitate student learning. If you find something completely disagreeable to you and/or completely wrong, then feel free to contact us.
Why do you not include citations for your handouts and/or supplements?
First, most of what we present here is common knowledge within our disciplines. Second, we do not endorse one citation system over others. Third, intellectually "fixed points" of knowledge change (e.g., books change editions, publishers change names, dates change, websites change, etc.); therefore, we would like to be able to adapt to changing forms of knowledge. Fourth, only one person upkeeps and updates the information on this site (which is literally, thousands of files), if we had to change the source documentation information every time someone changed a perspective, an idea, had a new edition, or made changes to the citation system itself, we would have a huge number of files to change. Finally, as scholars, researchers, and teachers, we are inventing new forms of knowledge ourselves... some scholarly eurekas found here are our own.
Why do you use Wikipedia entries on COMPEDIA?
Wikipedia is increasing its offerings at an astronomical rate. We could never compete with the amount of the information by providing our own WIKI site. Besides, why reinvent the wheel (when the wheel is constantly updated and evolving)? Additionally, wikipedia offers their material free (through their copyleft policy). They actually allow and encourage links from other sites to their site. On the topic of legitimacy and reliability, we have this thought for you: Wikipedia and all wikis are collaborative sources of information (and disinformation). If you find something on a wiki is entirely off (entirely wrong), then take personal responsbility to fix it yourself (that's what it is for...).
Why are most of the resources on the site mostly in black and white?
Basic Composition.Com maintains a minimalist and simplified appearance to promote reduced browser workload, to promote faster downloads, and to promote easy access (for dial-up internet connections, wireless connections, and mobile devices). All items will appear in black and white, unless they contain unique individual visuals or are meant to be highlighted deliberately.
Will you ever use color?
Yes, however, we like to see things here mostly in "black and white." Black and white forms/formats allow for everyone to see things equally (considering those with color blindness and other differences in visualization).
Why does the site contain particular file formats and not others?
All pages on this site are written in conventional html (hypertext markup language), and all documents are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (to reduce the import and export of viruses, malware, and other third-party content). Audio elements are available in mp3 format (for streaming and for use in portable electronic devices). And, video? Well,YouTube is our best friend and is conveniently available to the masses.
Why are there some empty spaces and a few non-active links?
Well, we just started the site in January of 2009. We are adding new content and processing copyright permission forms as fast as we can. We have many new things to share... several documents and artifacts are forthcoming.
How do I become a donor? That is, how do I donate to this site?
Currently, we are open to receive donations, and we are extremely grateful for any amount of donations. Unfortunately, all of the costs associated with this site come "out of the creator's pocket."
Donations (or honorariums) may be tax-deductible, contact Public Relations for more information.
Thank you to Kaye Jeffery for her exceptional genorsity!
Thank you to Leigh Ann Copas and Joshua Hilst of the Utah Valley University Writing Center (for their support and lending us a few documents).
Thank you to Google (for providing our search capabilties and for providing our YouTube capabilities).
Without these individuals, we would have nothing to share and probably be nowhere...
F. Carroll Reid, Dr. Claud Henry, and Dr. Bryan Short.