Students will consider what it means to be an American through their study of American poetry, novels, non-fiction literature, and drama. Additionally, students will engage in examining relevant non-fiction readings appropriate to interest and grade level. Writing and research skills will focus on literary analysis and the development of a strong writing process when crafting on-demand expository and persuasive essays. Students enrolled in this 36-week course should expect to spend 18 weeks engaged in literary study and 18 weeks engaged in a pre-Writing 121 essay seminar environment.
Writing Workshop (Writing 121 essay seminar) is an intensive writing course designed to develop and hone your non-fiction writing skills, as well as prepare you for the rigor of college writing. We will spend a great deal of time exploring the elements of effective writing as well as analyzing the use of writing to expand creative and critical thinking skills. Throughout the course, you will write a total of eight essays in various modes, many of which will involve multiple drafts. You must participate in all stages of the writing process, including composing, editing, drafting, revising, and peer editing. We will also read and annotate the writing of others, so being an active and diligent reader will be a key component of your success in the course.