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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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IW 300 - Intensive Writing III: The Essay

0 lecture hours 0 lab hours 0 credits
Course Description
Intensive Writing III is designed to provide a solid foundation in writing skills by aiding students to refine and develop coherent and accurate essays. Emphasis is given to the application of critical thinking and personal experience in addition to adherence to the writing process. This class will target explanatory, comparison, problem-solution, argumentative and response essay structures, as well as give students practice in timed-essay writing. Autonomy is encouraged through the use of rubrics and peer feedback checklists to encourage collaboration and self-editing. This course is required for program completion. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define and understand the purpose of an essay
  • Identify an audience and choose an appropriate topic 
  • Narrow or broaden the scope of a topic to effectively outline an essay
  • Expedite various brainstorming techniques such as listing, free-writing, and using graphic organizers and diagrams
  • Recognize and explain the relative strength or weakness of a thesis statement
  • Outline and order ideas for expansion in different essay types
  • Draft, edit, polish, and produce formal written work, including essays of explanation, problem-solution, comparison-contrast, persuasion, and response to a reading
  • Outline and write a strong academic essay under a given time constraint
  • Implement self and peer editing strategies for formal writing
  • Use different hedging techniques to avoid over-generalization
  • Accurately paraphrase, summarize, and quote an author’s work, using correct and appropriate citation

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Katherine Toske

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