In this course, you will develop better writing skills through learning and practicing the steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing (drafting), revision, editing, and publishing.
The course focuses on the types of writing (genres) that are most frequently used in college, such as expository essays and research papers. Lessons also highlight the importance of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and explain effective research techniques, use of sources, and citation.
The primary project, counting for 15% of your grade, is a 10-page research paper, with accompanying slide presentation (6% of your grade). The research paper is on a topic of your choice, preferably in the field that you are studying (nonprofit management, business, Christian ministry, or addiction counseling). The presentation is a summary of the paper and should be done in PowerPoint, LibreOffice or Google Slides.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to take English Composition I.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Write in the following genres (types) of nonfiction writing: exposition, narrative, literary analysis, persuasive, research
- Use prewriting techniques to identify a subject for writing and to organize your thoughts about it
- Write a well-organized essay with an introduction, thesis statement, body with supporting evidence, and conclusion
- Identify, analyze and evaluate research sources
- Summarize and paraphrase from sources without plagiarizing
- Revise and edit an essay for content, style, and form
- Apply principles of visual rhetoric by creating a presentation
- Use proper grammar and mechanics in writing sentences and paragraphs
Course Materials & Tuition:
|Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (2000). The Elements of Style. New York: Longman. 105 pages. ISBN 0-205-30902-X||$5.20|
|Total Cost of Course||$705.20|