Writing with Sources: Intermediate Essay is a class for the student who has some mastery of the basic essay and its variations and is comfortable with introductions, conclusions, thesis statements, and strong support of those thesis statements. In this class, we take the next step: learning to write using sources.
Incorporating the words and ideas of texts and experts challenges writers, as they need to learn to lead with their own idea and use the voice of the text or experts to support their idea without taking it over. This class teaches that next step of academic essay writing, incorporating plenty of opportunities to examine how other essay writers have managed the task while putting the skills to practical use. Additionally, critical thinking skills will be reinforced and encouraged in both writing and source selection.
Across the semester, students will write essays and other assignments using techniques from class and outside sources. Teacher feedback guides each writer through the process. Emails from students are always welcome and will be answered promptly, with a focus on specific feedback that helps a writer grow throughout the class.
This class prepares students for further academic writing within Online G3 and beyond. While this class is excellent preparation for participation in the optional writing supplements, it can also be taken concurrently with or after completion of a writing supplement to further a student’s writing skills.
Required Books and Materials:
- They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings, 4th edition, by Graff, Birkenstein, and Durst. Please be very careful to get ISBN 978-0-393-64329-9 or Ebook 978-0-393-68070-6 only, as other editions do not include all of the required readings for the class.
- Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond by Gill. ISBN: 978-1-59963-759-4
Before taking this class, students should be able to:
- Construct grammatically correct sentences
- Use punctuation correctly when writing
- Follow written directions consistently
- Read nonfiction carefully
- Accept criticism and advice on writing
- Give constructive critique to others when clear criteria are set
- Read nonfiction both for content and for structure
- Create a strong thesis statement
- Organize essays in logical order
- Craft essays that describe, define, explain, narrate, analyze, synthesize, compare and contrast, argue and persuade
- Write introductions that draw a reader in and present a thesis
- Write effective conclusions that do more than summarize an argument
- Write with a formal, academic voice
- Revise thoroughly
If your leaner is still mastering some of the skills above or the basic essay form, Essay Essentials is recommended.
During this class, students will learn to:
- Read and analyze complex essays for both content and structure
- Respond to essays, agreeing, disagreeing, or agreeing with a difference
- Summarize essays and other sources
- Paraphrase portions of essays and other sources
- Use quoted material correctly and effectively
- Differentiate the voice of another from their own voice when writing (they say versus I say)
- Find credible and useful sources for use in academic writing
- Cite, using MLA, those sources both in a works cited section in within an essay
- Examine many sides of a complex issue and write about that issue without bias
- Recognize common logical fallacies
- Use figurative language and literary devices in writing