Course Description

The goal of this course is to produce academic-oriented essays typically found in an undergraduate context. Students learn essential tools and strategies to manage the writing process, draft coherent essays, utilize various organizational methods, create clear thesis statements, develop logical arguments, and expand their academic vocabulary.

In addition, students learn the fundamentals of identifying and using reliable outside sources with the objective of understanding and avoiding plagiarism within the context of U.S. higher education. Students also learn a variety of sentence types, identify common sentence errors, and use parallel form.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

• Write a process essay using appropriate division of ideas and transitions
• Write a cause/effect essay using appropriate language, transitions, and outsides sources
• Develop thesis statements using subtopics and indication of pattern of organization
• Create coherence through transitions phrases, conjunctive adverbs, coordinating conjunctions, and subordinators
• Identify and analyze the parts of the paragraph and essay
• Manage the writing process to include brainstorming, researching ideas and information, outlining, drafting, and peer editing
• Organize and present ideas through mind maps and outlines
• Analyze and respond to a short passage and writing prompt using essay format
• Use APA to format assignments, citations, and references
• Identify, evaluate, and use reliable sources
• Utilize reporting phrases and signal verbs
• Quote and paraphrase sources
• Identify and use compound and complex sentences
• Identify and correct fragments, comma splices, run-on sentences, choppy sentences, and stringy sentences
• Use parallel form
• Define plagiarism and discuss consequences; use various tools and strategies to avoid it (quoting, paraphrasing, citing, etc.)
• Identify and utilize academic language and tone

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