Putting Your Ideas Into Words

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 28, 2021 - July 14, 20216/28 - 7/142 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineBrooke Norvish
July 26, 2021 - August 11, 20217/26 - 8/112 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineRachel Toncelli

Course Description

Do you want to express your thoughts in a clearer and more compelling manner? Do you have convincing arguments and brilliant insights in your mind that just don't seem to translate into your writing? This course will help you get those great ideas onto paper and communicate them effectively to your intended audience, whether that is a high school teacher, college professor, or even your peers.

This course will help you transform your writing skills to match the demands of an American university course. In addition to familiarizing students with some of the most common forms of academic writing in introductory American college courses, this course will specifically focus on the cultural expectations and patterns common to American academic writing and communication. Modes of writing will include personal, persuasive, comparison/contrast, and analysis. Students will learn about the expectations for college-level writing and how to craft well-developed essays that demonstrate strong critical thinking. With a diligent effort, students will become better prepared to excel in any course requiring writing. We will approach writing as a process, and work on strategies for prewriting, writing, and revision. Students will develop skill giving and receiving critical feedback as part of a writing workshop process. Our focus will be on quality over quantity: typical assignments will range from 1-5 pages, but finished products are expected to be coherent, well-developed, and polished. We will read and discuss outstanding writing selections, both to serve as models and as catalysts for student writing. In some assignments, students will have a choice of content, in order to write about topics of interest to them. Assessment will emphasize making improvement, both on successive drafts as well as overall progress throughout the course.

During this course, students will: -Develop awareness of rhetorical styles common to American academic writing, with a particular focus on concise language and logical sequencing -Develop an understanding of modes of writing, including personal, persuasive, comparison/contrast, and analysis -Hone their ability to participate to give and receive constructive feedback -Workshop and constructively critique their own and their classmates' written assignments

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEL0976

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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