College Writing Essentials

Learn and practice the most important skills for successful college writing.
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  • Lectures 19
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
    Other: 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

College Writing Essentials is extremely valuable to anyone attending college or preparing to enroll after a long absence from high school. Since college writing classes cost thousands of dollars, you surely do not want to fail your writing courses. Join College Writing Essentials to boost your essay writing skills and impress your future English instructors!

Get a good foundation for successful college writing. Learn tips and techniques on how to write college essays. What you learn in this course will also carryover to research papers and standardized tests.

Course Topics:

College Writing Basics:

  • The Writing Process
  • How to Write Thesis Statements
  • How to Type APA Format
  • How to Type MLA Format
  • Recognizing Plagiarism
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • How to Write an Argument

What are the requirements?

  • Dictionary & Thesaurus
  • Adobe PDF Reader

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the basics of college writing
  • Understand the writing process
  • Learn to structure essays common to college composition courses
  • Reinforce your learning with exercises and quizzes

What is the target audience?

  • Current college students
  • Potential college students
  • Online/Distance education students
  • Personal enrichment seekers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Before You Get Started
4 pages

General Overview of the topics covered in this course.

03:47

Check each lecture for downloadable materials. This video shows you how to download handouts and access the quizzes for this course. This recording show you how to find class handouts, where to locate the download link to save the PDF to your computer and how to print them once downloaded to your local hard drive.

5 questions

In each sentence below, choose the word in parentheses that most exactly and vividly completes the sentence.

Section 2: The Writing Process
10:47

Learn the six stages of the writing process and the activities associated with each.

Topics include:

Six stages of the writing process

Determining purpose & audience

Explanation of how to adjust writing for audience

Prewriting

Revising

Proofreading

How to arrange an essay

17 pages

Learn the six stages of the writing process.

4 pages

Download and print the following exercise to assess your understanding of the writing process. Don't peek at the answers! Flip the answers over until you have completed the exercise. :)

10 questions

Read the directions carefully for each question before answering.

Section 3: Thesis Statements
09:44

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis statement is the controlling idea of your essay.

The thesis expresses the subject and direction (or purpose) of the essay.

A thesis is usually written in one sentence that appears as the last line of the introduction.

Thesis = SUBJECT + DIRECTION

12 pages

This bonus lecture contains more information than the video. Make sure to study the practice exercises. They will help you to further understate how to write thesis statements.

6 pages

Review the video on downloading & printing handouts in section 2 if needed.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE LESSON FILES IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

1. Thesis Statement Exercise #1 & Answers Handout

2. MP3 Audio file of answers

In the audio file, I walk through every question and completely explain each one. Listen to my voice as you look at the answers handout. Hopefully this will further reinforce your understanding of this topic. :)

8 questions

Identify solid thesis statements.

Section 4: Plagiarism
05:46

Learn the definition of plagiarism. Use the examples provided to reinforce your understanding of this important academic concept. Learn how to avoid plagiarism by following the golden rule!

10 pages

READ THE VIDEO LECTURE MATERIALS AT YOUR OWN PACE.

Learn the definition of plagiarism. Use the examples provided to reinforce your understanding of this important academic concept. Learn how to avoid plagiarism by following the golden rule!

2 pages

Download and print this exercise. Make sure to understand the concept of common knowledge before attempting the exercise. Remember, when in doubt, cite! The answers are attached, but do not peek, until you have completed the exercise on your own first.

Section 5: APA & MLA FORMAT
Article

As of 2014, the 6th edition of APA is current. As of 2014, the 7th edition of MLA is current.

08:42

Learn to type your essay in APA 6th edition format. As of 2014, the 6th edition of APA is current. This demonstration uses Microsoft Word 2007.

04:19

Learn to type your essay in MLA 7th edition format. As of 2014, the 6th edition of MLA is current. This demonstration uses Microsoft Word 2007. See part one of this video at www.youtube.com/profarhampton.

Section 6: Argument Essay
11:41

What is argument?

Understand the characteristics of argument essays.

Walk through the CCS argument writing standard.

Understand all the terms in the CCS argument standard.

Nicki Minaj vs. Little Kim --Who is the Queen of rap?

Brainstorm & structure argument using rap example.

Answering the opposition

Predicting Consequences

Reminders: Argument Essay

13 pages
  • What is argument?
  • Understand the characteristics of argument essays.
  • Walk through the CCS argument writing standard.
  • Understand all the terms in the CCS argument standard.
  • Nicki Minaj vs. Little Kim --Who is the Queen of rap?
  • Brainstorm & structure argument using rap example.
  • Answering the opposition
  • Predicting Consequences
  • Reminders: Argument Essay
4 pages

Complete this exercise as best as possible before peeking at the answers. Also, listen to my audio explanation before attempting the second exercise. Good luck!

Audio Answers: Exercise #1
05:13
6 pages

No audio explanation for this one. Now, you are on your own. :) I also added one more bonus exercise to give you additional practice dissecting and understanding the argument essay.

Argument Essay Quiz
10 questions
Section 7: Conclusion/ Final Quizzes
5 questions

Read each question carefully and choose the correct answer.

Final Quiz
10 questions

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Instructor Biography

Ashan R Hampton, English Instructor/Writer

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for several years and is very proficient in writing, editing and instruction. Recently, Ashan completed course work for doctoral candidacy in the Leadership for Higher Education program at Capella University with a 4.0 GPA.

With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches her own writing and grammar courses for global audiences. She is the owner and principal editor of Easy Edits Writing and E-learning Services, which specializes in helping students and professionals produce error-free documents. Ashan is also a published author and has recently released two unique grammar books: "Practical Grammar Essentials" and "Urban Grammar Quick Fixes." Click her website link below for more information on these titles.

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