Effective Essay Writing –


(3 credits)

In this course, students develop academic writing skills. Students use the writing process to construct an expository essay with an emphasis on coherence and correctness in written communication. Students also conduct basic research for the expository essay. Selected readings provide the basis for discussion regarding the difference between fact and opinion. Grammar exercises focus on verb tense and form, subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement, and pronoun case. Students also complete exercises covering topic sentences, paragraph development, citations, and formatting guidelines.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Revising and Editing the Essay

  • Identify basic formatting guidelines for academic paper.
  • Utilize feedback to revise and edit an expository essay.

Completing the Expository Essay

  • Apply the steps in the writing process to complete a clear, concise, coherent, and unified expository essay.

Introductions and Conclusions

  • Generate an introduction and a conclusion for an expository essay.
  • Discuss appropriate introductions and conclusions for expository essays.

Organizing the Expository Essay

  • Generate body paragraphs for an expository essay.
  • Determine appropriate methods for citing source material.
  • Construct a topic outline for the expository essay.

Developing Strategies

  • Create a thesis statement for an expository essay.
  • Determine appropriate types of supporting paragraphs for a topic.
  • Identify topic sentences and types of paragraph development.

Planning Strategies

  • Apply style guidelines for documenting sources.
  • Determine topics and subtopics to support the main ideas for an expository essay.

Conducting Research

  • Determine the credibility of online information.
  • Conduct basic Internet research.

The Writing Process

  • Recognize characteristics of expository essays.
  • Identify the steps in the writing process.
  • Use grammar, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation appropriately.

Expository Writing

  • Determine strategies for selecting and narrowing an appropriate essay topic.
  • Differentiate between fact and opinion.

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