Effective Persuasive Writing –


(3 credits)

Effective Persuasive Writing (COM 120) focuses on developing the writing skills of entry-level college students. This 9-week course emphasizes the use of Standard English grammar and mechanics, correct spelling, and basic documentation skills as well as coherence and correctness in written communication. COM 120 students will examine the characteristics of the persuasive essay and utilize the steps in the writing process to create a Persuasive Essay.
This undergraduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

The Writing Process

  • Use grammar, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation appropriately in written communication.

Supporting Paragraphs

  • Use the drafting step in the writing process.

Revising and Editing

  • Use the revising and editing steps in the writing process.

Integration of the Steps in the Writing Process

  • Use the steps in the writing process (planning, drafting, developing, revising, editing, proofreading) to create clear, concise, coherent, and unified essays.

Essay Structure

  • Use the planning step in the writing process.
  • Recognize the characteristics of a persuasive essay.

Essay Reviewing

  • Complete a peer review of a Persuasive Essay.

Essay Organization

  • Use the developing step in the writing process.

Essay Formatting

  • Recognize APA guidelines for written essays.
  • Recognize when sources must be cited in written communication.

Drafting and Developing Strategies

  • Use the drafting step in the writing process.

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