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UWP 1 Expository Writing

UWP 1, Expository Writing

Expository Writing

  1. Catalog Description

    UWP 1. Expository Writing (4) Lecture/discussion-4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of Entry-Level Writing Requirement. Composition, the essay, paragraph structure, diction, and related topics. Frequent writing assignments will be made. GE credit: Wrt (cannot be used to satisfy a college or university composition requirement and GE writing experience simultaneously). -I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

  2. Course Goals
  • To develop the close reading skills necessary for analysis and interpretation of academic and scholarly writing
  • To introduce students to the concepts of audience, purpose, persona, voice, authority, and tone as they relate to expository writing
  • To introduce the forms and conventions of non-fiction prose
  • To explore, through readings, how assumptions, key questions, and fundamental concepts lead to the construction of knowledge in different disciplines
  • To explore the nature of evidence in academic and expository writing
  • To review the requirements of standard written English and to help students master accepted grammar, syntax, and usage
  • To develop students' ability to recognize the stylistic aspects of expository texts, and to develop a clear, reasonably sophisticated, and appropriately varied prose style in their own writing
  • To develop their awareness of language, including such concepts as diction, word choice, connotation/denotation, and figurative language
  • To introduce students to effective ways to structure and organize texts
  • To help students learn how to analyze individual arguments
  • To provide students with instruction and practice in synthesizing multiple texts, formulating an original argument, and supporting it with appropriate evidence
  1. Entry Level Students must have fulfilled the Entry-Level Writing Requirement.

  2. Topical Outline
  • Close reading skills; analyzing different types of expository texts; reading for content and style
  • The nature of knowledge and evidence in the academy; textual and non-textual evidence
  • The concepts of audience, purpose, and authority in academic writing
  • Recognition, analysis, and practice of the rhetorical tasks of expository writing: narration, description, summary, explanation, critique, synthesis, persuasion, and evaluation
  • Comparison and contrast of texts
  • Introduction to principles of argumentation
  • Introduction to technological advancements in research and writing
  • Problems of language and style
  • Strategies for structure and organization
  1. Criteria for Grading
  1. The course will be graded by a letter grade.
  2. Grades will be based on the students' performance on in- and out-of-class writing assignments and a final exam. Class participation may be reflected in the final course grade. Students will write a minimum of 6000 words; the number of assignments and the weight of each assignment will vary according to the instructor in accordance with departmental guidelines. Some timed, in-class writing should be part of the formal requirement; an in-class final exam must be given.

    Assignments and sequencing vary from instructor to instructor, but in general, assignments over the quarter will be increasingly complex and sophisticated. While assignments should be geared toward helping students understand how various types of evidence are used in different disciplines to support claims, most of the assignments will be based on readings. At least one significant assignment will require students to synthesize multiple sources and to develop an original argument.
  1. Reading

    Instructors will typically select an anthology of non-fiction articles, such as Signs of Life , or compile a packet of readings from a variety of sources, which reflect a variety of disciplinary issues and conventions. Reading assignments are designed to develop students' reading skills and to provide material for writing assignments. The collection of readings may focus on a broad contemporary theme, such as "Law and Justice in American Society," "Work and Play," or "Science and Technology." In addition, instructors will typically select a rhetoric and/or handbook, which will allow students to study writing skills and strategies.

  2. Explanation of Potential Course Overlap

    UWP 1 does not overlap with any other course. It is distinguished from English 3 and from Comparative Literature 1, 2, 3, and 4 (all of which fulfill the lower division writing requirement) by its focus on expository writing and academic discourse rather than on literary texts.

  3. Justification of Units

    UWP 1 is a four-unit course, representing four hours of lecture/discussion per week. 





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