ENGL 150
Expository Writing Spring 2018 Division I; Writing-Intensive;
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Writing clearly is the most important skill you can learn in college. Do you suffer from writer’s block? Do you receive consistent criticism of your writing without also learning strategies for how to improve? This course is for students who want to learn how to write a well-argued, intelligible essay based on close, critical analysis of texts. We will derive our method for mastering the complex art of writing from Atul Gawande’s bestselling book, The Checklist Manifesto. In addition to sharpening your skills in reading, note-taking and literary analysis, this class will give you tools for generating drafts, peer editing, revising, and polishing your writing. The majority of the readings for this course will be literary essays, mostly contemporary, mostly American. (This course and English 152 focus more directly on basic expository writing skills than the other 100-level classes in the English department.)
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3788
Requirements/Evaluation: 5 papers totaling at least 20 pp.; evaluation partly based on improvement and effort
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, especially students with demonstrated need for help with analytical writing
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;

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