ENGL 353: Intermediate Composition Report a Broken Link

This course takes a practical approach to essay writing by having students apply the major principles of composition in five essay assignments. Students learn these principles in the abstract by studying online handbooks on composition and in practice by studying samples of good writing and applying the principles in their own work. The course emphasizes some common essay types—exposition, comparison and contrast, persuasion, and research—as well as having the students write a critical review.

Unit 1—The Writing Process: A Review


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Unit 2—The Expository Essay


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Unit 3—The Critical Review


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Assignment 2: Critical Review Essay Choices

Unit 4—The Comparison/Contrast Essay


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To find the excerpt, open the web page, type control F, and search for "Pig Lovers and Pig Haters." The excerpt begins at the second instance of this phrase and ends at the section titled "Primitive War."

Unit 5—The Persuasive Essay


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To find the excerpt, open the web page, type control F, and search for "The Swoosh: The Fight for Good Jobs." The excerpt is finished at the next section, "The Shell: The Fight for Open Space."

Text begins on page 192 of the PDF (not page 192 of the book) at the paragraph that begins "Once I used to wait in line like everyone else" and ends at the bottom of page 199 of the PDF.

Unit 6—The Research Essay


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