Writing II | Narrative Essay | Compare and Contrast Essay | Cause and Effect Essay | Problem and Solution Essay | Persuasive Essay

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| Narrative essay | Compare and contrast essay | Cause and effect essay | Problem and solution essay | Persuasive essay | Final essay | PROPE Projects


Welcome to our class page! This is an open course (OCW) for any English language learner interested in improving academic writing skills. To get started, do the following:

Course Description: A OCW for those interested in improving one's writing skills.
Credit-seeking students: Students who are taking this course for credit, may access their grades in Engrade.

Desired Results

The learner will understand that different forms of rhetorical modes require expressing one's thoughts logically, coherently, and cohesively. The learner will also understand how different types of assessment can facilitate how one writes to understand and how one writes to be understood.


Click the subwikis below to see student wikis for respective essay.

Learning Progression

Narrative essay

(weeks 1-2): January 23, 2012 - February 10, 2012

Compare and contrast essay

(weeks 3-5): February 13, 2012 - March 2, 2012

Cause and effect essay

(weeks 6-8): March 5, 2012 - March 30, 2012

Problem and solution essay

(weeks 9-11): April 1, 2012 - May 11, 2012. There are two weeks off for the San Marcos Fair.

Persuasive essay

(weeks 12-14): May 14, 2012 - June 1, 2012
Each type of essay will involve a writing process: (a) writing to understand and (b) writing to be understood. Writing to understand includes prewriting, drafting one's ideas and sharing these ideas with others. Writing to be understood involves revising, editing, publishing, and assessing one's work.

Final essay

Clara | Alex | Belén | Ana | Fernando | Roberto | Cristian | Cristina | Monste | Karol | Eduardo | Paty | Nelva | Hugo

PROPE Projects

Cristina | Ana | Cristian | Karol

Helpful Links

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Academic writing | APA Corner | An introduction to academic writing | Diagramming Sentences | Five-paragraph essay | Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Writing | Guide to grammar and writing | Sentence Connectors | Sentence Connectors (SLC) | TOEFL-Prep Writing Practice Siteexternal image spacer.gif | Types of writing | What are gerunds? | Word Dynamo | Coherent writing | Coordinating vs. Subordinate Conjunctions | UNC Writing Center