Course Number: WR 121
Transcript Title: English Composition
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 9, 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
Introduces academic writing as a means of inquiry. Employs critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Read closely to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
- Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts.
- Write clear and coherent essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate evidence in support of a thesis.
- Research, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.
- Write and revise coherent essays using MLA format.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Written assignments designed to promote integration of class material.
- Written or oral assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking.
- Multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions that require integration, application, and critical examination of material covered in class.
- Active participation in class discussion.
- In-class participation in individual and group exercises, activities, or class presentations.
- Written essays.
- Design and completion of a research project.
Course Activities and Design
Course activities are the same as the above assessments.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Read closely to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
Identify a writer’s opinion, position, or thesis.
- Distinguish between a factual report and an opinion piece.
- Reflect on points of view that may challenge one’s own perspective.
- Consider one’s own perspective in relation to other points of view.
Formulate questions to explore the way that a variety of texts communicate meaning.
- Engage in and value a respectful and free exchange of ideas.
- Practice active reading of college-level texts.
- Speak, read, respond, and listen reflectively.
- Begin to recognize self as part of a larger community.
- Appreciate and reflect on challenging points of view.
Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts.
- Identify the roles played by situation, purpose and audience in directing a writer’s choices.
- Assess an audience’s knowledge, assumptions, and attitudes, and respond appropriately in writing
- Practice writing for a variety of different audiences, with emphasis on writing for academic and professional audiences
- Analyze how a writer’s tone and voice influence audiences’ perception of the writer.
- Develop awareness of purpose in writing and rhetorical strategies to best accomplish that purpose.
- Identify different levels of formality through vocabulary, syntax, and other conventions, and the situations in which they are appropriate.
- Revise to incorporate feedback from readers and respond to readers’ needs
- Work through multiple drafts to refine purpose, context, and appropriate tone for audience.
Write clear and coherent essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate evidence in support of a thesis.
- Write focused, coherent, logically organized essays, using introductions, transitions, body paragraphs and conclusions.
- Practice writing essays using multiple organizational and rhetorical strategies that may include argument, narrative, description, and comparison.
- Develop a workable writing process.
- Work through multiple drafts to develop central ideas and effective supporting evidence.
- Practice use of grammatical conventions.
Begin to locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.
- Use library resources, online databases and the internet to locate information and evidence
- Evaluate source materials for authority, currency, reliability, sound reasoning and validity of evidence.
- Demonstrate an ability to summarize, paraphrase and quote sources in a way that distinguishes the writer’s voice from that of his/her sources.
- Produce at least one essay that demonstrates an ability to synthesize sources in support of a thesis.
- Credit source material using a discipline-appropriate documentation style.
- Avoid plagiarism