This competency-based course is designed to develop reading comprehension, literary analysis, writing and listening and speaking skills. After reviewing the structure of the sentence and the paragraph, students explore the writing process, using a rubric to guide the composition and evaluation of the expository essay. Students read and respond to a variety of literary and informational texts and produce a varied portfolio: an essay of literary analysis, a reflective essay, business correspondence and process/technical writing. After studying and evaluating the rhetoric of persuasion, both in a text and in performance, students write and deliver an original persuasive speech.
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