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A Note to Students: On Becoming a College Writer
Preface for Instructors
Part I: Rhetoric
Lesson 1 Writing: Clarify your definition of writing.
Essentials Video ~ Why ~ How ~ Exercises
Lesson 2 Writer: See yourself as a writer.
Lesson 3 Audience: Understand and interact with your audience.
Lesson 4 Topic: Write about a topic that matters to you.
Part II: Context
Lesson 5 Prompt: Answer the assignment prompt and respond to the grading rubric.
Lesson 6 Evidence: Support your writing with evidence.
Lesson 7 Genres: Analyze and compare genres to meet audience expectations.
Lesson 8 Discipline: Understand that a discipline is a methodology applied to a subject.
Lesson 9 Media: Select the appropriate media for your context, and use it appropriately.
Part III: Process
Lesson 10 Planning: Plan your writing process.
Lesson 11 Brainstorming: Develop a brainstorming strategy.
Lesson 12 Researching: Research before you draft and cite as you research.
Lesson 13 Organizing: Organize your preliminary writing according to patterns.
Lesson 14 Drafting: Generate momentum in your first draft and keep going.
Lesson 15 Revising: Revise Repeatedly from Feedback.\
Lesson 16 Proofreading: Use professional proofreading techniques to help you find errors.
Lesson 17 Publishing: Format your writing with pride and purpose.
Lesson 18 Reflecting: Reflect on each completed assignment, in writing.
Part IV: Conventions
Lesson 19 Thesis: Focus your thesis through evidence and research.
Lesson 20 Introductions and Conclusions: Design the right introduction and conclusion.
Lesson 21 Paragraphs: Develop your paragraphs and pack them with evidence and detail.
Lesson 22 Sentences: Develop your own active, economic style.
Lesson 23 Grammar: Learn from your grammatical mistakes and don’t be intimidated.
23.1 Why you should learn from your grammatical mistakes and not be intimidated.
23.2 Punctuation, Grammar, and Mechanics A-Z
Lesson 24 Citation: Approach citation as a research tool, not as a threat.
24.1 Why you should approach citation as a research tool, not as a threat
24.2 Citation Mechanics A-Z
Part V: Writers like you
Lesson 25 Student Interviews & Sample Papers: Learn from the moves other writers make.
25.1 Why you should study the moves other writers make.
25.2 How to learn from the moves other writers make.
Interview A Nanaissa: Undeclared major
Student Paper A Problem-Solution paper
Interview B Kendra: Environmental Sciences major
Student Paper B Scientific Journal Paper
Interview C Deonta: Sociology Major
Student Paper C Sociology Paper
Interview D Nicole: English Major
Student Paper D Literary Analysis
Interview E Vinh-Thuy: Chemistry Major
Student Paper E: Multimedia Self-Reflection Essay
Interview F Dan: English Major
Student Paper F: Video Essay
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