Fundamentals of Academic Writing hones the skills of the beginning academic writer. Students will practice the trajectory of the writing process from Invention (pre-writing) through final revisions to formal submission. In this way, they will gain greater proficiency in the art of writing well-crafted sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-structured analytical and argumentative essays. Students will review reading strategies, analytical writing, and focus attention on strong arguments. In addition, they will learn how to properly document both print and online sources using the MLA system.
Students will use both fiction and non-fiction sources to practice core reading strategies. These sources will also provide the content for student writing assignments.
While a basic understanding of grammatical conventions is a course prerequisite, the class will spend some time clarifying and reviewing various grammatical conventions/usage for the sake of clearer writing.
The class is especially appropriate for students who need more practice in and confidence with the essay form after perhaps struggling in the LA4: Fundamentals of Expository Writing class, or for students entering Wilson Hill Academy with a different background in composition.