August is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to meet the new “crop” of Advanced Writing students at the university. There will be at least eight different major fields of study and probably writing skill levels ranging from seventh grade to graduate-type work. The course focuses on research and presenting an argument to an academic audience. More importantly, the major objective is to write clearly and persuasively, explaining one’s “side” on an issue in a way that will make it easy on the reader.
Students have their own objectives. “Improve and build my literary skillset,” “speak through writing,” and “improve my communication skills by learning to write better,” to name three. Since the capstone assignment in the course is to write an argument/research paper, the students have also come up with suggestions for writing argument papers, specifically.
“I think it’s a good idea to look for an expert…
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