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I - Introductory

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Good writing comes from a desire to communicate; great writing comes from a desire to connect. Far from being a removed activity without consequences, writing offers us the chance to encounter the world, better understand others, and reflect on who we are. Starting with descriptive writing, students will write in a variety of genres, including narrative nonfiction and the analytical essay. No matter the genre, students will be expected to put the full force of themselves into their writing; an analytical essay is, though in a much different way, as much an exploration of the self as a memoir. In his epistolary book, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.” Coates’s advice to his son could serve as the mantra for students in this course. In other words, write for yourself, write to explore who you are and what you think, write to live more fully. Using The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, a multi-genre anthology of work by contemporary writers, students will gain an understanding of defining, comparing and contrasting, classification and division, and writing process analysis. To improve grammar and syntax, each student will receive an individualized grammar plan. In addition to our two weekly classes, we will meet on Wednesdays to either work on grammar exercises or venture into Acadia for some place-based writing. In short writing assignments, students will apply the four fundamentals of good writing–crafting concise sentences, ordering words for emphasis, choosing strong verbs, and using active voice. In addition, students will complete four major writing assignments that allow them to develop their voices and experiment with structure. Evaluation for the course is based on the quality of writing, improvement of rewrites, and overall diligence and effort. This course carries only institutional credit.


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