English is required because it may be the only course that teaches you how to think. In most information courses data is poured at you through books, lectures, labs, and videos. Few professors bother to tell students how to read the text, how to analyze data, how to organize a logical argument. English may be the only course that will expose you to the basics of logic and reasoning. Clear writing requires clear thinking. English will sharpen your reasoning ability, challenge your customary way of thinking, and help you see the world in a new light.

--The Sundance Reader, Third Edition
by Mark Connelly.

Like most of the top-tier web-search results for "writing," these modules are intended for students in a traditional learning environment. Hopefully, you are here because you realize that above-average writing skills are critical for career survival and personal achievement in today's communications-rich environment. That being the case, you can simply ignore occasional references to the artificial demands of a course syllabus.

You should plan to spend time browsing these learning resources at a pace that you find most comfortable. When you come across something interesting or potentially  important, massage it for a while. Boredom or curiosity will eventually deflect your attention to a different item on the lists. Remember, you aren't trying to rush through a syllabus or contend with an inflexible study outline.


* Note: There is no direct correlation between the text and video modules.

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  1. Why Write?

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  2. How We Write/How to Succeed in Composition

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  3. The Writing Process: an Overview

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  4. The Writing Context

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  5. Style

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  6. Critical Thinking

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  7. Facts, Opinions, and Assumptions

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  8. Prewriting Strategies

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  9. Developing a Thesis

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10. Supporting a Thesis

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11. Organizing Ideas

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12. Planning Sheet

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13. Creating Strong Introductions

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14. Writing the First Draft

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15. Revising

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16. Editing and Proofreading

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17. Writing on a Computer

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18. Becoming a Critical Reader

Parts of an Essay

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1. Essay Hook

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2. Essay Thesis

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3. Introduction Paragraph

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4. Body Paragraph

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5. Supporting Evidence

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6. Conclusion Paragraph

Types of Essays

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7. College Essay

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8. Personal Essay

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9. Research Essay

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10. Literary Essay

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11. Paragraph Essay

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12. Compare and Contrast Essay

Writing Process

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13. Prewriting

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14. Writing Outline

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15. Rough Draft

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16. Essay Editing

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015