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Introduction to Expository Writing

Course Number: WR 115
Transcript Title: Intro to Expository Writing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

Placement into WR 115 or completion of WR 90 and placement into RD 115 or completion of RD 90

Course Description

Introduces college level skills in reading critically, exploring ideas, and writing. Covers composing essays which support a thesis through structure appropriate to both thesis reader, and covers revision for clarity and correctness. Prerequisites: (Placement into WR 115 or completion of WR 90) and (placement into RD 115 or completion of RD 90). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
  2. Write for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts.
  3. Write coherent essays that develop ideas in support of a thesis.
  4. Paraphrase, summarize, and synthesize information effectively and ethically in order to integrate and connect other writers’ ideas with one’s own.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Written assignments designed to promote integration of class material with personal reflection and experience.
  2. Written or oral assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking.
  3. Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class.
  4. Active participation in class discussion.
  5. In-class participation in individual and group exercises, activities, or class presentations.

Course Activities and Design

Course activities are the same as the above assessments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Read to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.

  1. Identify a writer’s thesis and supporting points.
  2. Cultivate and develop vocabulary to understand a writer’s thesis or position.
  3. Listen to and reflect on other points of view in discussion and in written work.

Formulate questions to explore a variety of college-level texts.

  1. Engage in college-level discourse to exchange ideas while showing respect for those who disagree.
  2. Practice active reading of college-level texts.
  3. Reflect upon one’s role in the larger community.
  4. Appreciate challenging points of view and acknowledge their merits.

Write for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts.

  1. Learn about the roles played by situation, purpose, and audience in directing a writer’s choices.
  2. Recognize differences among audiences and practice responding appropriately in writing.
  3. Develop an understanding of the way that voice, tone, and level of formality inform written texts.
  4. Revise to incorporate feedback from readers and respond to readers’ needs.
  5. Work through multiple drafts to refine purpose, organization, and appropriate tone for an audience.

Write coherent essays that develop ideas in support of a thesis.

  1. Write unified and coherent paragraphs and link essay paragraphs to thesis/main idea, including the use of transitions.
  2. Practice steps in a flexible writing process to generate ideas, draft, peer review, revise, edit and proofread paragraphs and short essays.
  3. Evaluate one’s own writing skills and process to revise drafts to emphasize thesis/main idea and the relevance of evidence.
  4. Improve essays through revision, incorporating instructor feedback.
  5. Practice use of writing conventions.

Develop the ability to paraphrase, summarize, and synthesize information effectively and ethically in order to integrate and connect other writers’ ideas with one’s own.

  1. Weave relevant information and ideas from source material into an essay.
  2. Maintain academic honesty by acknowledging all sources in written work.
  3. Practice crediting source material using MLA style, beginning with the use of signal phrases.