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Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.

Students will study and practice the skills necessary to successfully compose expository essays in response to provided prompts and course materials. Working with the instructor, they will learn how to generate original responses and thus learn how to introduce their voice into an academic conversation. By developing students' abilities to analytically relate a series of sources to each other, this course will provide the initial groundwork for independent research.

Feedback will be given as students develop their work through the multiple stages of the writing process; brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing. The course aims to help students achieve greater scholastic success through developing critical thinking skills, creating academic arguments, employing various writing techniques, and incorporating sources.

These Writing Seminars, based on Brown's popular Critical Reading and Writing: The Academic Essay course, focus on its three core elements: self-expression; responsive writing; and research, analysis and argumentation. Students may take a single seminar or two or three seminars and in any order that suits their schedule.

Putting Yourself Into Words (one week) explores the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections.

Writing the Expository Essay (two weeks) models college-level, expository writing; after analyzing primary texts, students write an argument in response them, correctly incorporating paraphrases and quotations.

Composing the Academic Essay (three weeks) stresses observation, investigation, and argument through close reading, evaluation and analysis of academic sources, developing an argument, and writing a research paper.

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