This course is designed to teach you how to analyze texts and how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation within university-level writing. You will learn how to closely read primary texts in media—exploring a range of nonfiction, fiction, films and television, music, and/or other types of media—while also learning how to 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 arguments. The course meets the needs of writers at any level, from those who feel the need to strengthen their writing skills to those seeking the next challenge of university-level writing.
You will study and practice the skills necessary for the successful composition of expository essays in response to provided prompts and course materials. Working with the instructor, you will learn how to analyze texts, how to generate rigorous and nuanced responses, and how to interweave their arguments into an academic conversation. By developing your abilities to analytically relate a series of sources to each other, this course will provide the fundamental groundwork for independent academic research at the college level.
Substantial feedback will be provided by both the instructor and your peers as you develop your work through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting to revising and editing.
By the end of the course, you will:
• Develop critical skills to analyze a range of visual, literary, and audio media according to the conventions of academic discourse
• Learn to translate opinion into written arguments rooted in an understanding of style, content, and audience
• Generate rigorous and nuanced responses that account for historical, literary, and political contexts
• Understand what it means to be an interlocutor, discussant, and peer in a classroom space
You will gain knowledge about historical, literary, and cultural contexts to understand and analyze various texts in media; familiarize yourself with concepts, rhetorical tools, and strategies to strengthen argumentation; and develop a strong written voice to be used in and outside the university classroom.
A proven facility with the English language, including grammar, and some confidence as a writer.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.