Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG100H1S L0101

ENG100H1S L0101 TR2-5
Effective Writing
Sarah Star
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Brief Description of Course: In this course, students will gain the skills needed to create, construct, and communicate arguments clearly. We will cover a wide range of topics, from grammar and punctuation to sentence and paragraph structure, from constructing arguments to communicating those arguments clearly and effectively to diverse audiences. Throughout the course, we will practice how to read our own writing with a critical eye and prioritize revision as a crucial part of the writing process. By practicing these skills, students will leave the course with a strong capacity for writing, reasoning, and communicating. They will be able to write lucidly and persuasively in different kinds of formal genre, including e-mails, notes, short essays and long essays. The goal of the course is to provide students with the confidence to write the kind of clear and persuasive prose expected at the university level and to negotiate a variety of writing styles from an intensive explication to a thesis-driven essay.

Required Text: Pinker, Steven. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. New York: Viking, 2014.

Method of Evaluation: Three short quizzes on writing mechanics and grammar (10% each= 30%); Six short written assignments (5% each=30%); Argumentative Essay (20%); Exam (20%).

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