Communicating ideas clearly and persuasively on the page is an essential part of being an educated person. In the classroom and beyond, your ability to organize, develop and express thoughts will serve the authority of your opinions. Along with writing skills, the critical reading skills gained in this class will enable you to become a more-informed critic of the social and political issues that affect your daily life.
In this course, you will learn how to define a thesis, or an organizing idea, and then support and develop that idea in a focused, thorough and stylistically sophisticated essay. The papers you will draft and revise for this course are not simply exercises in writing, but rather they are opportunities for you to hone your critical reading and thinking skills while exploring topics of interest.
By the end of the academic term, you will be able to develop a clear, focused and well-supported position within an essay of substantial length. Your essays will be workshopped in class with at least one of your peers; while this process is aimed at improving your critical reading and writing skills, you will also benefit by seeing how others in class are handling the assignment. Through workshopping and revising, you will obtain a better grasp on how significantly your writing can improve with each draft.