Paige E Chant
Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
You are here to challenge each other, to push each other to consider new ways of thinking and seeing the world in which we live and, by our very living, create. You are here, each with your unique perspectives, lived experiences, and personal histories, to provoke and prod and pursue the very best learning possible. You are here, too, to collaborate with your peers, to use your own skills, experiences, and knowledge to create and contribute to an authentic, dynamic, and participatory learning community. Finally, if nothing else, you are here to read well and to write well - not for the sake of reading and writing in and of itself, but in the service of challenging and pushing your own thinking about yourself and your relationship with the world around you. This bears repeating: You are here to read well and to write well. You already do this, or you would not be here. This course will give you the tools and practice to build upon what you already, as a reader and writer, possess and bring to the page. What this means on a daily basis: We will read a variety of texts - from poems to academic essays to song lyrics to advertisements - that will challenge you to think about what you are seeing, how and by whom it was created, and for what purpose. By examining different genres of writing that target different audiences, you gradually will learn to recognize the strategies that writers use in various situations. You will also develop critical research skills that will enable you to create and support complex arguments about issues that you see as relevant and important in today's world. In this course, research is never research for the sake of research; rather, it is always carried out with the specific purpose being to strengthen, refine, and carefully articulate your thoughts and ideas. Finally, this course will reveal that sometimes painfully tedious truth of writing: The art of writing is 99% revision. After producing a quality draft of your work, you will learn to re-visit it again and again, re-working it until your argument is crisp, compelling, and complex.
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