Effective Essay Writing – eng101 (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 to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Developing Strategies

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

Expository Writing

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

The Writing Process

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

Conducting Research

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

Planning Strategies

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

Organizing the Expository Essay

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

Introductions and Conclusions

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

Revising and Editing the Essay

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

Completing the Expository Essay

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

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