The course is designed to study various rhetorical patterns and use their writing skills to develop essays in these patterns. The rhetorical patterns studied in this course are process analysis, cause and effect, and argument/persuasion. Students will also learn the process of writing. This course will help students learn how to think more clearly, organize thoughts in logical sequence, and improve writing skills through prewriting, writing, and rewriting processes. The underlying premise of the course is that the students who take it are inexperienced writers who need practice, not that they are incapable. Like other composition courses, the course is designed to give students extensive practice in writing in order to improve their ability to invent substantial content and express it in fluent prose. It helps students learn the many functions of writing--to discover ideas, use language effectively, and communicate with and influence audiences. Along the way, students learn or review conventional practices of usage and punctuation.