1. Develop writing skills based on four rhetorical writing styles 2. Learn how to edit and revise essays, with particular attention to grammar and essay structures 3. Learn basic methods of academic research, in particular, effective thesis statements and citation 4. Learn how to avoid plagiarism
This course is designed to enable English majors to acquire proficiency in essay writing using a process approach. Students will learn how to plan, draft, revise and edit their essays, and will be introduced to basic methods of academic research.
Great Writing 3: From Great Paragraphs to Great Essays, Heinle Cengage Learning, 2009.
Regular class attendance is required. All deadlines must be met.
The following rhetorical styles of essays will be required of all students: chronological order, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and argumentation. Additional writing assignments will also be evaluated.
１．Overview of the composition course ２．Review of paragraph structure ３．Introduction to the essay writing process ４．Developing unity and coherence in essay writing ５．Chronological order: organization ＆ outline ６．Writing effective thesis statements ７．Transition signals for chronological essay ８．Peer edit of chronological essay ９．Revising for audience needs, editing and proofreading 10．Comparison/Contrast: organization ＆ outline 11．Writing effective thesis statements 12．Signal words for comparison/contrast essay 13．Developing conclusions for comparison/contrast essay 14．Peer edit of comparison/contrast essay 15．Revising for audience needs, editing and proofreading 16．Review of summer homework assignment 17．Introduction to basic academic research (Library tour) 18．Using sources (quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing) 19．Introduction to Cause/Effect essay: organization ＆ outline 20．Writing effective thesis statements 21．Signal words and phrases for cause/effect essay 22．Developing the conclusion for cause/effect essay 23．Peer edit of cause/effect essay 24．Argumentative essay: organization ＆ outline 25．Composing the thesis statement for argumentative essay 26．Developing the argument using supporting evidence 27．Using transitions, signal words ＆ phrases 28．Developing the conclusion for argumentative essay 29．Peer edit for argumentative essay 30．Revising for audience needs, editing and proofreading
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