*Use the left sidebar to navigate through this guide*
WRI 1100 -- Introductory Writing
This course guides students in the process of improving writing skills. Through individual and peer group work, the course offers instruction in writing as a revising and editing process in order to create an effective thesis statement and cogent paragraphs. The balanced written pieces will comprise a required portfolio.
The first paragraph sets the tone for the entire essay (longer essays may have two-paragraph introductions.)
It should catch the reader's attention right from the start and make them want to continue reading.
The Introduction provides background on the topic and includes a Thesis Statement which should focus your point of view about the topic. The thesis statement is usually the last sentence of the introductory paragraph (but not always.)
The body of the essay includes at least three paragraphs, but often more than that. The body should support the thesis statement and offer opposing viewpoints to strengthen your argument. Each paragraph starts with a Topic Sentence, which is the controlling idea of the paragraph.
The conclusion reminds the reader of the main idea without restating the thesis, and ends with a broad view of the topic or a suggestion. Do not introduce new ideas or analysis here.
Here are a couple of good academic sites on essay writing:
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Harvard College Writing Center
Choosing a topic can be one of the hardest parts of preparing a speech. The resources listed here can help you:
Check out this helpful video on choosing a topic from NCSU Libraries.
There are many online resources to help you improve your public speaking skills. Check out these resources to discover famous speeches from historical figures as well as contemporary speeches from experts in their field.
A peer-reviewed, Open Access textbook for research and writing at college level. Chapters designed to help students improve their writing, critical thinking, and information literacy
A series of Open, peer-reviewed books and essays presenting unique views, insights and strategies for successful writing. Written by teachers for undergraduate students.
Writing tips and tools from UNC Chapel Hill. Includes dozens of articles and videos on writing style, grammar, citation and more!
Strategies for academic writing from the Harvard College Writing Center. Numerous articles with practical advice on the fundamental elements of academic writing.
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is full of resources and instructional materials to help students with general writing, academic, college applications, citation and more.
Learn to write like Hemingway! This fun app will help you make your writing more readable by highlighting needless words, dense passages and other stylistic faux pas.
The Academic Enhancement Center at St. Francis College offers support and help to all SFC students. They offer workshops, tutoring, mentoring and other academic programs that help with the transition to the demanding workloads and complex assignments that are part of college life.
Room 3002 / 718-489-5226