NYC – Powerful Writing – Course Description

Overview:

In this course, hosted by New York College in Japan, students will be asked to assess the dynamics of particular writing tasks such as explaining cause & effect and identifying and solving problems to construct essays that powerfully express their opinions and insights in a manner that will convince or persuade readers. Special focus will be given to maintaining causal and logical coherence, and to the level of sophistication matching the audience.


Materials:

We will be using both student essays and example essays to explore the elements of essays that will have a powerful impact on readers.

Method:

Students will first write short essays on teacher-selected and student-selected topics within a particular writing task. In the later sessions of the course, longer essays will be assigned that will incorporate a variety of the writing tasks listed below.

Writing Tasks:

  • Cold Explanations (Brief and focused introduction of concepts)
  • Descriptions (Static)
  • Processes (Temporal)
  • Narratives (Combination of descriptions and processes)
  • Causal explanations (Why?/How?)Causal phrases
  • Opinions & Solutions (Values)
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