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Course Description: designed as an introduction to skills and strategies of critical inquiry through reading and writing in academic context.
• Recognize and write to specific academic audience for a specific purpose
• Learn and use steps which may include evaluating, summarizing, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate sources for carrying out a college level writing assignment.
• Recognize how writers adapt language for audience, situation and purpose
• Students will practice the process of writing using drafts to develop a successful essay
Wyrick, Jean Steps to Writing Well: with Additional Readings 7th edition. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005. ISBN:978413030563
College level dictionary and Thesaurus.
Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual 5th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2004. ISBN: 0312593244
Week One: March 31, 2010
Course Overview and requirements
Prewriting: Pages 3-24
• Selecting a subject
o Narrowing your focus
• Prewriting techniques
The Thesis Statement: Pages 31-45
Assignment Due April 7, 2010
• Practicing What You’ve Learned page 39. Part A together, Part B on your own.
• Page 40 Assignment
• Choose a topic from the Assignment printed on pages 43-44
• Choose a prewriting technique and employ it for your topic.
• Write a thesis statement
Week Two: April 7, 2010
The Body Paragraphs pages 47-78
• Planning the body of your essay
o The outline
• The Topic Sentence
• Paragraph Unity
• Paragraph Coherence
Beginnings and Endings pages 79-89
Assignment Due April 14, 2010: Write a rough draft of the essay we’ve been working on in class.
Week three: April 14, 2010
Drafting and Revising...