English 501-02: Non-Fiction: Skills for the Common Core

ENGL 501-02
Non-Fiction: Skills for the Common Core (1 credit)
Instructor: Barbara Kirchmeier
July 7-11, Monday - Friday, 7:30a.m. - 10:20a.m.


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In this course you will participate in a week-long workshop designed to help you more efficiently use non-fiction to meet Common Core Standards.  The standards the workshop will focus on include the following:

  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, etc.) relate to each other and the whole.
  • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured even sequences.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

During the course you will read selections from current works of non-fiction that can fulfill the Standard’s definitions of argument, informational/explanatory writing, narrative writing, and texts that blend types.   You will create short pieces of non-fiction that are based in part on real experiences, research interests, etc.

The readings for the course will be made available in advance.