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English

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Beginner Level

Approx. 32 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

The Writing Process

To start our course, we will examine your own writing process and what it means to respond to the writing of others. We will also think about what academic writing means.

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4 videos (Total 37 min), 2 readings
4 videos
Responding to Others' Writing11m
What is Academic Writing?9m
Understanding Your Writing Process8m
2 readings
I am a Writer Sample Feedback10m
A Note About Deadlines10m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Critical Reading

This week will concentrate on the skill of reading critically. Additionally, we will learn about the conventions of academic writing, including integrating evidence and schools of citation. Finally, you are encouraged to write your own critical review of "The Sweet Spot." This is an optional writing assignment, but it is a requirement to receive a honor's certificate.

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5 videos (Total 93 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Integrating Evidence15m
Moving from Discussion to Draft7m
Schools of Citation5m
Critical Review Writing Workshop50m
4 readings
Daniel Coyle, "The Sweet Spot"10m
Academic Writing Resources10m
Critical Review Examples10m
Critical Review: Sample Feedback10m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Project 1: Visual Analysis

This week, the central topic is visual images in academic writing. The goal is to practice interpreting and writing about images convincingly. Plus, Dr. Comer will help you think about what area of inquiry you would like to focus on in this course and what it means to write a draft. Finally, you will write your visual analysis and learn how to give meaningful feedback.

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9 videos (Total 87 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
What is a Draft?2m
Reading Visual Images7m
Using Images in Scholarly Writing4m
Effective Claims4m
Responding Towards Revision4m
Feedback on Visual Analysis Draft2m
Workshopping Writing6m
Visual Analysis Writing Workshop50m
4 readings
Geoffrey Colvin, "What It Takes To Be Great"10m
Sample Essays for Project 110m
More Resources for Visual Analysis10m
Sample Feedback Visual Analysis Draft10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Revision Strategies and Visual Analysis Revision

Based on the feedback of your colleagues improve your visual analysis. After you receive feedback on your final submission, submit a self-reflection quiz about your experience writing this project.

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4 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Strategies for Revision8m
Crafting Effective Titles5m
Editing Strategies7m
1 reading
Sample Feedback Visual Analysis Final10m
1 practice exercise
Visual Analysis Self-Reflection8m
Week
5
5 hours to complete

Project 2: Case Study

This week, various aspects of effective research will be discussed, such as creating an annotated bibliography, research strategies, and avoiding plagiarism. You will conduct research for your next project, a case study, contribute to an annotated bibliography, and submit your case study draft.

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6 videos (Total 84 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Spotlight Video_Scholarly and Popular Articles9m
Spotlight Video_Finding Articles11m
Avoiding Plagiarism8m
Intertextual Conversation6m
Case Study Writing Workshop41m
3 readings
Research Tools10m
Annotated Bibliography How-To10m
Case Studies Resources10m
Week
6
3 hours to complete

Writing Cohesively and Case Study Revision

In preparation for improving your case study, Professor Comer will present strategies of writing more cohesively. After receiving your final feedback, please submit a self-reflection about this project.

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3 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Conclusions9m
Paragraph Unity7m
2 readings
Geoffrey Colvin, "What It Takes To Be Great"10m
Case Study Sample Feedback10m
1 practice exercise
Case Study Self-Reflection8m
Week
7
4 hours to complete

Project 3: Op-Ed

This week, Professor Comer introduces the idea of public scholarship, how academic writing can be transformed for a broader public. Her guest, David Jarmul, will give an overview of how to write an op-ed. You will then have the opportunity to write your own.

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6 videos (Total 97 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Spotlight on Op-Eds with David Jarmul_part 116m
Spotlight on Op-Eds with David Jarmul_part 217m
Active and Passive Voice6m
Enhancing Sentence Style8m
Op-Ed Writing Workshop43m
1 reading
Resources for Writing Op-Eds10m
Week
8
3 hours to complete

Crafting Powerful Prose and Op-Ed Revision

This week Professor Comer will address the topic of concise writing; how to convey meaning with fewer words. Your task is to rewrite your op-ed.

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2 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Concise Writing Part 2_Noticing Prepositional Phrases10m
1 reading
Op-Ed Sample Feedback10m
1 practice exercise
Op-Ed Self-Reflection6m
Week
9
18 minutes to complete

Transferring Writing Practices, Skills, and Knowledge to New Contexts

This final week is dedicated to how to move forward with your writing and apply the skills learned in this course to new contexts. Your final assignment is a self-reflection about your development as a writer over the last several weeks.

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2 videos (Total 16 min), 1 quiz
2 videos
Special Topics_Creative Non-fiction10m
1 practice exercise
Final Self-Reflection2m
Week
10
3 hours to complete

Writing in the Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Sciences

Additional videos that highlight differences in academic writing across disciplines.

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17 videos (Total 157 min)
17 videos
Spotlight on the Humanities: Writing Process8m
Spotlight on the Humanities: MLA Citations12m
Spotlight on the Humanities: Use of Visual Images9m
Special Topic in the Humanities: MLA Citation of Media and Internet Resources15m
Spotlight on the Humanities: Public Writing7m
Spotlight on the Natural Sciences: Academic Writing6m
Spotlight on the Natural Sciences: Writing Process6m
Spotlight on the Natural Sciences: CSE Citations8m
Spotlight on the Natural Sciences: Use of Visual Images7m
Spotlight on the Natural Sciences: Public Writing6m
Spotlight on the Social Sciences: Academic Writing7m
Spotlight on the Social Sciences: Writing Process9m
Spotlight on the Social Sciences: APA Citations13m
Spotlight on the Social Sciences: Use of Visual Images8m
Special Topics in the Social Sciences: Issues of Language Use9m
Spotlight on the Social Sciences: Public Writing11m
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Top reviews from English Composition I

By JRMar 8th 2017

Very helpful for writers and future career writers. Plus the professor is extremely down to earth. Was not expecting that and I forgive her for being a Duke fan. Go Tar Heels!!!! jk jk

By AADec 15th 2017

I very excited to get this certificate and improved my knowledge writing and skills to get better understand for create a fiction with rules that I learned in Duke University

Instructor

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Dr. Denise Comer

Assistant Professor of the Practice; Director of First-Year Writing
Thompson Writing Program

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