This course encourages the student’s achievement of a clear and concise prose style by emphasizing expository and argumentative essay writing.  This course aims to help you become a better reader and writer of academic and other nonfiction and fiction.  We will be reading the text book and doing exercises prompted by the text book.  We will be reading essays and short stories and learning to respond academically in essay form.  We will be learning how to write in narrative, analytic (literary), response/summary, and argumentative/persuasive forms. The class requires a total of 12 pages of academic writing.  We will achieve this through writing 3 four page papers across the semester.