Course Description

492.635 - Literary Nonfiction and Historical, Scientific, and Technical Texts

This course includes the subgenres of exposition, argument, and functional text in the form of personal essays, speeches, opinion pieces, essays about art or literature, biographies, memoirs, journalism, and historical, scientific, technical, or economic accounts (including digital sources) written for a broad audience. The focus is on both reading these texts as writers and on writing in several of these forms. (The course would specifically address the Common Core objectives of writing informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content, and producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. However, it will be of interest to all teachers, regardless of whether they are involved with Common Core or not.)