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Many students enter college without the skills necessary to succeed simply because they were never properly taught how to write essays.
This course aims to overcome this problem by offering a systemic framework for essay writing that removes the mystery and presents a clear path for moving from idea to outline to completed first draft.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
A Brief Introduction to the Course
SECTION 2: WHY ARE WRITING SKILLS SO IMPORTANT?
Good Writers Rule the World
SECTION 3: WHAT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO IMPROVE MY ESSAY WRITING?
The Craft of Writing from 20,000 Feet
The Most Efficient Way to Dramatically Improve Your Essay Writing
Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion: Why Are Essays Written This Way?
How Essay Style is Related to Essay Structure
SECTION 4: HOW SHOULD I APPROACH THE WRITING PROCESS?
Writing for Discovery versus Writing for Presentation
Why Rewriting is Important (And Why Students Don’t Think So)
How to Deal with Writer’s Anxiety and Writer’s Block
SECTION 5: WHAT IS MY IDEAL WRITING WORKFLOW?
The Right Way to Think About Outlining
My Ideal Writing Workflow
Tools for Mind-Mapping, Outlining and Drafting
The Writing Tools I Use: A Quick Introduction to Scrivener
SECTION 6: WHAT DOES A STRUCTURED APPROACH TO ESSAY WRITING LOOK LIKE?
Two Kinds of Structure to Keep in Mind
A Structured Approach to Essay Writing Using Scrivener
A Short Essay Demo Using a Structured Essay Writing Template
SECTION 7: FOLLOW ALONG AS I WRITE A REAL COLLEGE ESSAY FROM START TO FINISH
Part1: The Assignment
Part 2: Initial Research
Part 3: Outlining
Part 4: Drafts
Part 5: References and Citations
SECTION 8: HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY WRITING STYLE?
The Number One Misconception About Writing Style
Oratorical Style, Prophetic Style and Romantic Style
Practical Style, Reflexive Style and Academic Style
Classic Style: Prose as a Window Into the World
Classic Style as an Antidote to Bad Writing
SECTION 9: HOW TO WRITE A GOOD ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY
The Minimal Five-Part Structure of a Good Argumentative Essay
Writing the Introduction
Writing the Conclusion
The Essay: “Should Teachers Be Allowed to Ban Laptops in Classrooms?
Analysis: The Introduction
Analysis: First Argument
Analysis: Second Argument
Analysis: Third Argument
Analysis of the Main Body: Evaluation and Recommendations
The Essay: An Improved Version
SECTION 10: WHAT IS PLAGIARISM AND HOW CAN I AVOID IT?
What is Plagiarism?
Downloading and Buying Whole Papers
Cutting and Pasting from Several Sources
Changing Some Words But Copying Whole Phrases
Paraphrasing Without Attribution
The Debate Over Patchwriting
SECTION 11: HOW SHOULD I CITE SOURCES IN MY ESSAY?
When Should I Cite a Source?
What Needs to be Cited?
How to Cite: Mark the Boundaries
Citing Exact Words
Citing a Longer Quotation
Citing a Source But Not Quoting
Do I Have to Cite Information That is “Common Knowledge”?
Citation Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, oh my!
SECTION 12: WRAPPING UP
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