This course emphasizes the persuasive essay. Major areas of grammar are reviewed. Students read and write persuasive essays which incorporate a full range of the rhetorical devices of narration, description, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, and persuasion. Readings are used as models and springboards for the composing of essays. Basic research skills are further developed through the writing of a short research paper. Students must submit at least one written assignment (including drafts) per week.