I. Introduction

8/29 – 8/31

Overview

Successful writers commonly describe production of an essay as a birthing process. It begins at conception, within the mind. They describe themselves as parenting such essays through a gestation period whereby essays emerge as discrete recognizable forms. They then enter into an “editorial” process whereby they remove the “after birth” to refines this work of art so that its audiences appreciate it. This introductory chapter demonstrates this birthing process as it relates to producing academic essays. The unit covers:

  • The Writing Process;
  • Brainstorming;
  • Five Paragraph Essays;
  • Thesis Statements;
  • Itineraries;
  • Revising;
  • Fact Checking;
  • Proofreading.

Review these concepts as background for completing the four assigned essays for this course.

Unit Schedule

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Session Topics ASSIGNMENT
8/29 Introductions

Syllabus

Introduction to OER

Term Assignments, Class Participation

Review the course syllabus.
8/31 A Writing Process

Brainstorming

The Five-Paragraph Essay,

 

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING AS A PROCESS

BRAINSTORMING

THE BASIC FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY

FIVE PARAGRAPH ESSSYS

  Thesis Statements,

Sample Essay Outlines,

Fact Checking

Editing and Proofreading

THESIS STATEMENTS AND ITINERARIES

REVISION

FACT CHECKING

PROOFREADING