Art of the Essay Advanced Writing

The Art of the Essay: Advanced Essay

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Teen Focus 12+

If you love words, you may already know that “essay” comes from the French “essai,” meaning to test or try. In an essay—whether scholarly, personal, humorous, or analytical— a writer effectively tries an idea, both in the sense of exploring it and in the sense of putting it on trial, testing its merits.

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If you love words, you may already know that “essay” comes from the French “essai,” meaning to test or try. In an essay—whether scholarly, personal, humorous, or analytical— a writer effectively tries an idea, both in the sense of exploring it and in the sense of putting it on trial, testing its merits.

In this upper-level writing course, experienced student writers will read essays from a variety of authors, in a variety of styles. We’ll focus on the essay less as a form of personal expression and more as an arena for assessing ideas. We’ll also talk about the cultural function and status of the essay.

Most important, students will work on becoming competent wielders of the essay genre, including practice in the style of analytical essays most often assigned in college freshman composition courses.

Students can expect part of class time to focus on discussing examples of the essay form, with some part of class devoted to discussing student essays in a workshop format. The amount of in-class workshop time will depend on the size of the class; workshops will be used an additional tool for developing analytical skills. Students will write three essays (ranging from 600-1000 words, depending on assignment) and receive personal feedback from the instructor on each, with required revisions.

Weekly assignments will include essay readings and developing skills including:

  • establishing authority as a writer
  • identifying and adapting strategies for engaging and persuading readers
  • writing a thesis statement and targeting an audience
  • making connections between structure and content
  • documentation and plagiarism
  • giving and receiving constructive criticism

Required Books and Materials:

Challenge Level

Aimed at students ready for work appropriate to grades 11 and 12. This is an advanced high school writing course open to students ages 12 and up who are prepared to write at a high level.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 4 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Dame Dashwood

Reading List

The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction (Please be careful to get ISBN 978-0-393-91218-0, as it is the only edition that contains all of the readings to be used in this course)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition preferred

Usually Offered

Fall or Spring Semesters