ENC 1101 – Expository and Argumentative Writing


General Education Credit: C
High School Credit: 1.0

Course Instructor: Timothy Robinson
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About The Course

In this course, you will learn how to change the world. That may sound like a lofty goal, but it is true: to bring about any worthwhile thing, you have to be able to use language effectively. There really are no two ways about it. Whether you are in business, in politics, or in the college classroom, how you speak and write will determine whether you succeed.

Most of the writing can best be understood as argumentation, so this course examines the rhetorical and practical elements of writing effective arguments.

As we practice our argumentative skills through the theme of writing for social change, we will also improve our critical thinking through reading, writing, and discussion, and will attend to basic research skills, including documentation and avoiding plagiarism. Additionally, we will examine and practice academic conventions of word usage, sentence structure and variation, and paragraph formation.

Course Goals

In ENC 1101, students will learn to:

  1. Plan, draft, revise, edit, and proofread forms of argumentative essays.
  2. Read, write, and think critically.
  3. Adapt writing to different audiences, purposes, and contexts.
  4. Use evidence to effectively support argumentative claims or theses.
  5. Write an organized, logical argument.
  6. Avoid plagiarism.
  7. Write coherent, cohesive, and clear paragraphs.
  8. Create direct, grammatically correct sentences.
  9. Demonstrate a clear and effective writing style.

Satisfied High School Graduation Requirement Subject: Elective