1. Identify and analyze thesis statements in nonfiction texts as models for their original work.
2. Present clear, reasoned, well-supported, and clearly-organized thesis-driven argument essays.
3. Compose, edit, and revise essays at the sentence, paragraph and essay level to demonstrate the conventions of standard academic American English.
4. Analyze the rhetorical situation, including the importance of purpose and audience and the use of rhetorical appeals and rhetorical strategies, in popular and/or scholarly texts.