An abbreviated session of the semester-long class, How to Write in (Almost) Any Situation will journey through the writing process in pursuit of two major academic writing types — Expository and Persuasive.
Beginning with prewriting, we’ll learn why this first step is so very important and why more than half the work is done before writing even begins.
Combining proofreading, revising, and peer reviewing, we’ll put a first-draft through a microscope and telescope at the same time. We’ll learn how to refine the details and shape the big picture.
Lastly, we’ll work on final drafting, which is often viewed only as the cleaning-up process. Final drafting is just as important as first drafting, and we’ll spend some time learning why.
Note from “Prof.” Deborah:
Writing is a process with several distinct stages, and I believe that much of the confusion and disinterest students (and adults!) feel about writing comes from teachers’ lack of involvement at each of those stages. Writing needs to be a conversation between student and teacher. Like navigating on the open sea, a degree or two change can make a huge difference in the destination. If I can help students make necessary course corrections along the way, they will be so much more confident in both their ability and their final product. So I spend quite a bit of time steering students’ essays from prewriting to drafting to revising/proofreading.
Note to parents:
- This course can be used as the upper-level writing prerequisite for Advanced Placement English Literature at Athena’s.