I started another semester in my Pathway studies. My academic class is ENG 106: Basic Writing; it is supposed to teach me how to write the basics of effective sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. Completing this course will give me three elective credits at BYU-Idaho. The class will run for fourteen weeks and has the following objectives.
. Think, speak, and write critically about meaningful topics that affect your life.
. Discover truth, beauty, and enjoyment through writing.
. Share your thoughts and writings with fellow classmates, thus creating a real sense of audience (and community) while developing interpersonal skills.
. Analyze examples of effective and ineffective writing in order to emulate what works and avoid what doesn’t work.
. Understand how audience and purpose guides style, content, and organization in writing.
. Generate a thesis and organize relevant support using rhetorical strategies appropriate for the context.
. Use principles of free-writing, drafting, revision and editing to achieve polished prose.
. Identify and correct common, sentence-level errors.
I am a little divided on my feelings about this class. On one hand, I hope to learn much that will help me in furthering my education and in writing better posts for my blog. On the other hand, I hope that my previous posts have been interesting and not too difficult to read and understand. You, my dear readers, will be the judge.