Your Words, Your Power
The written word is one of the most powerful inventions of all time. We use writing across all aspects of our daily lives – from professional emails to text messaging and everything in between. Using stories from a diverse array of authentic, engaging wordsmiths, this course shows students how to harness the power of their words and apply that power in all areas of life.
In this course, topics covered include principles of writing coherent expository essays in various modes. The course reinforces the concepts of using sources to support ideas and writing as a process: developing and narrowing a topic, logically organizing ideas, drafting, and revising.
- Apply the writing process to brainstorm, research topics, create drafts, and revise and edit work.
- Develop a powerful and appropriate voice in written communication by setting the purpose and knowing the audience.
- Use the elements of storytelling to convey information, to construct meaning, and to create a connection with an audience.
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This week we will review the writing process steps and learn about your first assignment – the personal essay.
This week is all about understanding point of view and practicing drafting a thesis and an outline. These three key writing concepts will help you structure your first assignment.
This week we will look at how to transition from an outline to a draft. You will be drafting your essay and learning how to assess your work by learning from a sample essay and analyzing your own before your hand in your first assignment.
This week you will learn about paragraphing, transitions, voice and tone, and how to avoid plagiarism.
This week you will learn how to incorporate feedback from your draft so you can revise your essay. Also, let’s revisit your mindset and priorities.
This week you will learn how to write your second assignment – the stance essay, switch point of view, and read source material critically.
This week is all about learning how to cite your sources, complete your stance draft and self-assess your draft.
This week you will learn how to analyze your evidence, format your essay and generate a correct SWS sources list.
This week is all about learning how to incorporate feedback from your draft so you can revise your essay. You will also learn about editing.
This week you will learn how to evaluate sources and use internet research for the future.
This week is all about grammar. Feel free to complete any and all of this appendix at any time throughout the duration of the class.