Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG100H1S L5101

ENG100H1S L5101 MW 6-9
Effective Writing
Instructor: Katherine Shwetz

Brief Description of Course: Does academic writing stress you out? You’re not alone: writing in university can be time-consuming, confusing, and frustrating. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. ENG100H1 will help you develop the skill set you need to effectively take on university-level writing assignments. The course will cover a range of foundational writing skills (including outlining, argument, paraphrase, analysis, research, and revision) as well as writing modes (including analytical, summative, and persuasive). Students will write and revise several short essays and will study examples of effective writing from different disciplines. In addition to covering the fundamental skills of academic writing, students will be encouraged to begin cultivating their own individual writing style, and to begin incorporating their voice into their work.

This is a hands-on course that is focussed on practical, applied writing skills. Be prepared for substantial in-class discussion, peer editing, and collaborative activities.

Required Reading: Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein, They Say / I Say;Other text TBA

First Three Authors/Texts:  Sarah Allen, “The Inspired Writer Vs. The Real Writer”; Richard Brody, “The Passionate Politics of Black Panther”; CE Hinton, “So You’ve Got a Writing Assignment. Now What?”

Method of Instruction: Lecture with substantial in-class group discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Participation (5%), writing three journals (15%), in-class test (10%), argumentative essay 500-750 words (15%), rough draft of final essay (5%), peer review (5%), final essay 1250-1500 words (25%), final exam (20%)

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