Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG100H1S L0101

ENG100H1S L0101 TR 2-5
Effective Writing
K. Shwetz
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Brief Description of Course: Academic writing can be an intimidating and confusing genre, but it doesn’t have to be that way. ENG100H1 will demystify academic writing and teach students from many different fields how to confidently and effectively tackle writing assignments. The course will cover a range of foundational writing skills (including outlining, argument, paraphrase, analysis, research, and revision). Students will write and revise several short essays and will study examples of effective writing from several different disciplines. In addition to covering the fundamental skills of academic writing, students will be encouraged to find and develop their own individual style, and to incorporate their voice into persuasively structured essays.

This is a hands-on course that is focussed on practical writing skills. There will be substantial in-class discussion, peer editing, and collaborative activities.

Required Reading: TBA

First Three Authors/Texts:Allen, Sarah. “The Inspired Writer vs. the Real Writer” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, edited by Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2010. 34-44.
Hilton, Corrine E. “So You’ve Got a Writing Assignment. Now What?” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2010. 18-33. 
Sword, Helen. “Narrative Trust.” Times Higher Education. 6 September 2017, n.p.

Method of Instruction: Lecture / Discussion

Method of Evaluation: Participation: 10%;  writing journals: 10%; essay analysis: 5%; short essay: 10%; rough draft of essay 2: 10%;  peer review: 10%;  final essay: 25%;  final exam: 20%.

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