Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG100H1F L0101

ENG100H1F L0101 MW 10-1
Effective Writing
Instructor: Marci Prescott-Brown


Brief Description of Course: In this course, we will practice all key skills needed for critical reading and writing. You will learn how to write clear, analytical prose at the postsecondary level. In order to master your craft, you will write, edit, and revise assignments as you hone your writing skills. In class, there will be opportunities for peer editing and participating in workshop groups. You will also spend time analysing the works of other authors to understand the rhetorical strategies that might be employed. Ultimately, by the end of this course, you should be comfortable developing your own critical voice and have gained valuable writing skills.

Required Reading: David Starkey, Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students; Mark Lester, McGraw-Hill Education Handbook of English Grammar & Usage (3rd Edition); Gerald Graff and Cathy Berkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.

First Three Authors/Texts: [First Class] Starkey “Chapter 1: Academic Writing”; Lester, “Chapter 1: Parts of Speech”; [Second Class] Starkey, “Chapter 2: Academic Reading”; Lester, “Chapter 3: Sentences and Clauses” and “Chapter 4: Verb Forms.”.

Method of Instruction: Lecture and Discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Participation (10%), grammar/writing quizzes (10%), in-class writing exercises (10%), media assignment#1 (15%), essay effectiveness analysis (15%), research essay (20%), final exam (20%).

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