As every student at the University of New Hampshire knows, every first year student is required to enroll in the First-Year Writing course offered. Fortunately, the course curriculum is designed in an intriguing way that will make the semester long class fly by. There are many different concepts and essay ideas covered throughout the course that will spark interest in any student!
The first essay topic you will focus on in your first year writing course is analyzing someone else’s persuasive piece. Throughout the first portion of time spent in the class, your professor will cover efficient persuasive tactics and things that may not work well within a persuasive piece. Your essay will be all about what works and what doesn’t in a persuasive piece of your choice. This topic will force students to think outside the box and will also help develop their own persuasive skills as they critique another person.
2. Rogerian Argument.
The second essay topic included in the class curriculum will put students’ persuasion strategies to the test. Each student will choose a topic they feel strongly about. Then, they will research this topic and construct a research paper that will be designed to persuade someone of the opposition. The trick to all of this is to make sure you establish common ground between you and your opposition to make your argument stronger.
3. Creative Non-Fiction Writing.
Finally, you will wrap up your semester with creative non-fiction writing. You will be able to choose a certain point in your life that has changed you, and write about it for your final essay. You will learn the importance of dialogue and writing your story in the moment. It is a great opportunity to close off the semester on a positive note and will allow students to get creative with their writing!
4. Citations and Works Cited.
Throughout the course of the semester you will also be brushing up on citation skills for your essay! These skills are crucial throughout your four years at UNH when writing papers for different classes. Your professor will be sure to review these skills and make sure you know everything you need to properly cite sources throughout your work!
5. Organizing your essays.
Finally, you will also develop better organization skills for your writing. Professors set up one-on-one conferences with each of their students to go over the organization of each essay you write and establish what is working well and what is not. This will be a great help for other writing intensives you may enroll in during future years.
Overall, if First-Year Writing is approached with a positive attitude and an open mind, it will be a great course that will teach you a lot about future college writing, and may spark your interest in the English field! ENGL 401 may be a required class, but it doesn’t mean it’s not an intriguing one!