From your syllabus:
This course introduces students to critical reading as the backbone of good writing and encourages students to try various techniques to enrich their writing. Students will learn the basic elements of effective college writing through a continuous drafting process. It focuses on the writing process, the fundamentals of composition, and the structure of argument. Students will have numerous and varied assignments with opportunity for revision. We will conduct peer-review and strategy workshops to learn from each other, so that when you leave the class you will be able to continue to edit your own work. Because this course interactive and collaborative writing practice always bring paper, our book, and a new draft of your essay to class!
As a backbone for our writing we will focus on children’s literature – in particular, fairy tales and folktales. Together, we will question what children’s literature shows us about the time in which it was “written” or rewritten.
Final Research Paper:
For this 6-8 page paper you may pick any section of the course we have worked on. You may either read and synthesize multiple critics that respond to the text. (A MINIMUM of Two). You may use the critic from either your critical response or your critical summary but I encourage you to write new approaches to them or your paper will feel stale. You may also do secondary research through the CU Libraries page and read critical responses you find there. You may not use critics you find online that are not available through the CU Library page.
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