This course gives students tools for learning how to appreciate and interpret others’ writings in order that they may gain the skills to successfully create their own well crafted essays. By thoughtfully unpacking specific aspects of style (diction, literary terms) in selected pieces of literature, and through learning to write formally and critically about the works of great authors, students begin the process of writing well themselves. The classical challenge of clarifying and communicating one’s thoughts by distilling them into coherent and persuasive writing is furthered in Fundamentals of Expository Writing. Students also master the basic essay form.

Textbook: Analytical Grammar, Robin Finley; models from classical literature.