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WR-120 Writing Elements I: The Sentence

3 Credits

The Writing Elements sequence approaches language as material in much the same way a fine arts class might study paint or clay. Specifically operating as a bridge between Studio and Critical Thinking & Writing courses, the sequence is distinguished by its attention to crafting various kinds of expository prose. In Writing Elements I: The Sentence, students learn to use the sentence as a critical and aesthetic device across forms, with heightened attention to syntax and diction. There is also an emphasis on the sentence’s relationship to both smaller and larger units of thought and composition (letters, words, phrases, paragraphs) that build toward a framework for critical discourse. Lexicology, etymology, and the changing perspectives on usage and grammar will also be considered.