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ALESA Course Objectives
Process-related: In ALESA, students are expected to
- Develop a line of inquiry responding to an academic context and body of research;
- Compose a first draft of a paper representing original insights developed from the line of inquiry;
- Work with peer readers to discern ways to improve the paper;
- Devise and implement a plan of revision for the paper;
- Submit a final version of a formal academic paper.
Genre-related: ALESA papers are expected to
- Establish the relevance and suitability of the topic;
- Condense the line of inquiry into an organizing essay question;
- Give an answer to the essay question, in the form of an argumentative thesis;
- Clearly organize and present a line of reasoning, verified by reliable, researched evidence—secondary and, sometimes, primary—that supports the thesis;
- Engage at least one competing answer or objection.
Form & Language-related: ALESA papers are expected to
- Use the conclusion to reinforce and cohere the introduction and development of the body;
- Distinguish ideas using paragraphs and show connections using transitions;
- Integrate and format material borrowed from sources properly to avoid plagiarism and misuse of sources;
- Use formal register, promote coherence through style, and develop reader interest through voice;
- Attempt control of syntax, grammar, spelling and punctuation.