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Writing the Analytic Essay

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.

Students will study and practice the skills necessary to successfully compose analytic essays in response to provided prompts and course materials. Working with the instructor, they will learn how to generate original responses that fulfill course expectations. By developing students' abilities to critically relate a series of sources to each other, this course will provide the initial groundwork for independent research.

Feedback will be given as students develop their work through the multiple stages of the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing). The course aims to help students achieve greater scholastic success through the encouragement of analytic thinking and practice with presenting such thinking academically.

This course is part of a three course series, which includes Putting Yourself Into Words (one week), Writing the Analytic Essay (two weeks) and Composing the Academic Essay (three weeks). Each course focuses on a distinct genre of writing typically contained in a first year college writing course: the personal essay, in which you introduce an original argument on literature, film, or art into a broader scholarly conversation; the analytic essay, in which you are provided the material or resources and asked to write in response to them; and the academic essay, in which you are tasked to develop a thesis, locate the resources, and make your case. Courses can be taken in any order.

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