• Unit 1: Redefining What It Means To Write

    We begin this course by refining how we think about writing. Let's begin by acknowledging that writing is a difficult, complex process. It does not come easily; it takes quite a bit of work and thought. However, if you realize that all writing is a conversation between yourself and an audience, then the task becomes a little bit easier. If you envision your work as a response to an existing prompt, the way you write will be shaped by the reader with whom you are "speaking.” Imagine, for example, that someone asks you, "Why does it rain?” If that someone were your five-year-old cousin, you might respond one way, but if it were your sixty-five-year-old aunt, you would likely respond differently. You will need to approach every writing project with that same awareness of audience.

    We will also work to recognize writing as a process rather than a product. You often need to start writing in order to know what you think about a subject. Keep this in mind as you work through this unit.

    Throughout Unit 1 you will be asked to complete a number of activities which build up to writing an essay. As you work through the unit, keep the topic in mind: "What does it take to succeed in an Internet-based college course?"

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 36 hours.