Fundamentals of Expository Writing is intended to provide mastery of the basic essay form. Students will begin with comprehensive grammar instruction, giving them the tools to decode complex works of literature as they develop critical reading skills.  Based on this growing understanding of the mechanics of the sentence, they will move on to more abstract topics such as audience expectation and authorial persona as they develop critical writing skills through various short essay assignments. Textbook: Analytical Grammar, Robin Finley; models from classical literature.