ENGL 353: Intermediate Composition (Rev. C6) 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


Unit 1 Video
The Writing Process: A Review [video]

Required Readings

After accessing this page, scroll down the page to the heading "Revising, Editing and Proofreading," and check out the links.

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Unit 2—The Expository Essay


Unit 2 Video
The Expository Essay [video]

Required Readings
Essay Writing // Purdue Writing Lab (Please click on each of the essay types at the bottom of the page for full information)
"Writing an Expository Essay." Cambridge University Press
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Unit 3—The Critical Review


Unit 3 Video
The Critical Review [video]

Required Readings
"Writing a Paper: Outlining." Writing Center. Walden University.
"Reverse Outlines: A Writer's Technique for Examining Organization." Writing Center. University of Wisconsin-MAdison.

Note: After accessing this page, click on the option that says "Summary and Critique," and check out the relevant links.

Extra Resources
Assignment 2: Critical Review Essay Choices

Unit 4—The Comparison/Contrast Essay


Unit 4 Video
The Comparison/Contrast Essay [video]

Required Readings
"Transitions." Writing Center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Harris, Marvin. "Pig Lovers and Pig Haters," Cows, Pigs, Wars & Witches. New York: Random House. 1974.
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Unit 5—The Persuasive Essay


Unit 5 Video
The Persuasive Essay [video]

Required Readings
Drake's List of the Most Common Logical Fallacies.
"Word Choice." Writing Center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Developing a Thesis." Writing Center. Harvard College.
"Thesis Statements." Writing Center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

"Writing Concisely." Writing Center. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Unit 6—The Research Essay


Unit 6 Video
The Research Essay [video]

Required Readings
"Evaluating Sources." University of Maryland.
"Evaluating Source Quality." Massey University.

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