Writing Skills Course Syllabus - Saturday @ 6 pm ET

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  1. river

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    Writing Skills Course

    Every Saturday @ 6 pm ET - destee.com/chat

    Objective : Upon completion of this course student will be able to

    1. Effectively generate ideas and transfer them to written form
    2. Organize written ideas
    3. Communicate ideas to specific audience with a specific purpose
    4. Revise writing effectively
    5. Avoid common grammatical errors

    Class Resources : http://ebonyminds.com/writingskills/

    Rationale : It is frustrating to have an idea but not be able to express it in a way that others can understand and respond to. Being able to write effectively opens up doors. Of course, the benefits of writing well go far beyond landing a job. Writing well also allows us to implement the “each one teach one” philosophy of learning in a way that does not merely distribute ignorance and regurgitate mediocrity.

    Methods

    • Reading - we will read and analyze samples of essays, poems, stories and handouts.
    • Lecture - instruction will cover basic strategies for generating, organizing and revising written ideas as well as producing powerful creative writing.
    • Writing - the best way to learn how to write is to do it.
    • Feedback - we will offer one another feedback of what we write so that we can understand how effectively we are communicating with our audience.

    Tools

    • Handouts - posted at Destee covering some basic strategies that will help the student improve his/her writing skills
    • Selected writing samples - short but well crafted works that model what we will learn


    Course Plan

    Unit 1 - Basics of Written Communication

    • Brainstorming
    • Purpose and Audience
    • Organization
    • Relationships
    • Transitions
    • Eliminating
    • Clutter
    • Redundancy
    • Style
    • Show Don’t Tell
    • Use Active Verbs
    • Avoid -ations
    • Pithiness

    Unit 2 - Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary

    • Avoiding the most common grammatical errors
    • Spelling tricks
    • Vocabulary terms

    Unit 3 - Creative Writing

    • Imagery
    • Honesty
    • Orchestration
    • Unity of opposites
     
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    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY SISTER RIVER !!!! :jumping: :jumping: :jumping:

    I am so looking forward to this class! It seems i need to first learn how to write a syllabus, since i have a class, but haven't presented one (as nicely as yours!) :)

    Oh Boy !!! This is so good for me ... as it will really help me with my class!

    I will be in the front row tomorrow! :love:

    Love You!

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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