What to expect: Students will learn the basic grammatical, structural, and argumentative expectations of formal essay writing. Focus will include thesis statements, well-developed paragraph content, essay cohesion, and logical progress. Throughout the course, students will learn common steps of the writing process with opportunity to reflection on their own writing process strengths and weaknesses; additionally, personal experience/observations, class discussion topics, and electronic articles will be used to develop 4 formal essays: Narrative Illustration, Definition, Summary and Response, and Argumentation Essay.
With the opportunity to work in small peer-review groups, visit useful IVCC student support services and work through writing assignments developed to build writing/composition confidence and speed, the objective is for students to leave the course prepared to be successful in college-level composition courses such as ENG 1001, ENG 1205, and ENG 1002.
The Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises, edited by Richard Bullock, Michael Brody, and Francine Weinberg, 2nd ed, Pearson, 2014.
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