This course is designed primarily for those not pursuing a specialization in English and focuses on the development of the skills for effective writing. Topics will include sentence and paragraph structure, essay organization, and the implementation of convincing written arguments. Students will apply these skills to the completion of several written assignments, culminating in a short work of non-fiction prose.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Identify the characteristics and basic structure of an essay;
- Describe and apply basic strategies for effective writing;
- Explain the functions of the parts of an essay; and
- Write a short, coherent, grammatically correct, persuasive academic essay.
- The Power of Writing
- The Essay
- The Persuasive Essay
- The Issue of Voice in Persuasive Argument
- The Sentence as Basic Building Block
- The Introductory Paragraph
- Body Paragraphs
- The Concluding Paragraph
- Putting It All Together
- The Editing Process
- Proofreading and Style
- Reflecting on Your Own Writing
Restriction(s): Not available to students registered in ENGL majors or minors.
|Online Quiz (5 x 2%)||10%|
|Short Essay Assignment||35%|
|Draft Thesis Topic||5%|
|Participation Discussion Boards & PEAR Activities||10%|
|Take-Home Final Exam||30%|
Additional Technical Requirements
This course will use the following:
- Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed.
Please view the Technical Considerations.
*Course details are subject to change.