Fred D. White and Simone J. Billings. The Well-Crafted Argument: A Guide and Readers. Fourth Edition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2001.
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GOALS, ORGANIZATION, PROCEDURES:
This course will engage in the study and practice of academic and persuasive writing beyond freshman level composition; class activities, reading and written assignments focus on further developing and honing the analytical, interpretative and research skills necessary for college success. Course reading will serve as a basis for critical thinking and writing, although one of the four research and essay assignments will include getting to understand a significant aspect of Hawaii’s social dynamics.
The classroom will be a collaborative and mutually supportive community, in which we will discuss assigned readings, essay drafts, and research, in groups of varying sizes. The emphasis will be on writing as a process of discovery. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, thinking, discussing and writing. The process may include online grammar exercises and individual conferences with the instructor.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- The ability to compose college-level writing that achieves a specific purpose and responds adeptly to an identifiable audience.
- The ability to provide evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading a text in order to produce finished prose.
- The ability to compose an argument that makes use of source material that is relevant, credible and that it is integrated in accordance with an appropriate style guide.
REQUIREMENTS include: Four formal essays totaling at least 5000 words of finished prose (approximately 20 typewritten/printed pages of evaluated/graded work). Drafts and other forms of pre-writing work (including responses to reading assignments, comments on drafts) are required for each essay.