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Writing the Expository Essay

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 15, 2015 - June 26, 20152M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenSarah Osment10565
June 29, 2015 - July 10, 20152M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenT B D10566
June 29, 2015 - July 10, 20152M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenPeter Kim10591
July 13, 2015 - July 24, 20152M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenMatthew Beach10596
July 13, 2015 - July 24, 20152M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenSara Pfaff10567
July 27, 2015 - August 07, 20152M-F 8:30A-11:20AOpenJoel Simundich10568

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.

This course is part of a three-course series. Students may take one, two, or all three writing classes in any order. Each course focuses on distinct genres of writing typically contained in a first-year college writing course, and taken together they roughly constitute a typical full semester course in college level writing.

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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