English | Advanced Expository Writing
W350 | 4331 | Cariello

8:30a-9:20a D (25) 3 cr.


This course takes as its premise that the ability to write about the connections between texts is a way of coming to terms with the culture at large. Through a sequence of writing assignments, you will be asked to analyze essays with an eye toward developing arguments about key issues in society, such as literacy, education and media. One guiding principle of this inquiry is that reading and writing are related activities and that readers bring a wealth of previously acquired knowledge to bear on a given text. To recognize these points of intertextuality and to reflect on them enables you to better understand your own cognitive processes and compositional strategies. The goal of this course is to foster in you the ability to recognize and develop connections between various texts and to reflect on these connections relative to personal, academic and cultural needs.

Four 5-7 page essays; summaries of each essay read for the course.

Ways of Reading by Bartholomae and Petrosky
The Longman Handbook by Anson and Schwegler