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English Composition

Course Number: WR 121
Transcript Title: English Composition
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 5, 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 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115

Course Description

 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.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Read closely to determine a writer’s purpose and perspective.
  2. Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts.
  3. Write clear and coherent essays that demonstrate a logical development of ideas and incorporate evidence in support of a thesis.
  4. Research, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.
  5. Write and revise coherent essays using MLA format.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Written assignments designed to promote integration of class material.
  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.
  6. Written essays.
  7. 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.

  1. Distinguish between a factual report and an opinion piece.
  2. Reflect on points of view that may challenge one’s own perspective.
  3. 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. 

  1. Engage in and value a respectful and free exchange of ideas.
  2. Practice active reading of college-level texts.
  3. Speak, read, respond, and listen reflectively.
  4. Begin to recognize self as part of a larger community.
  5. Appreciate and reflect on challenging points of view.

Write for a variety of clearly defined purposes, audiences and contexts.  

  1. Identify the roles played by situation, purpose and audience in directing a writer’s choices.
  2. Assess an audience’s knowledge, assumptions, and attitudes, and respond appropriately in writing
  3. Practice writing for a variety of different audiences, with emphasis on writing for academic and professional audiences
  4. Analyze how a writer’s tone and voice influence audiences’ perception of the writer.
  5. Develop awareness of purpose in writing and rhetorical strategies to best accomplish that purpose.
  6. Identify different levels of formality through vocabulary, syntax, and other conventions, and the situations in which they are appropriate.
  7. Revise to incorporate feedback from readers and respond to readers’ needs
  8. 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.

  1. Write focused, coherent, logically organized essays, using introductions, transitions, body paragraphs and conclusions.
  2. Practice writing essays using multiple organizational and rhetorical strategies that may include argument, narrative, description, and comparison.
  3. Develop a workable writing process.
  4. Work through multiple drafts to develop central ideas and effective supporting evidence.
  5. Practice use of grammatical conventions.

Begin to locate, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to develop an informed position and encourage intellectual curiosity.

  1. Use library resources, online databases and the internet to locate information and evidence
  2. Evaluate source materials for authority, currency, reliability, sound reasoning and validity of evidence.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to summarize, paraphrase and quote sources in a way that distinguishes the writer’s voice from that of his/her sources.
  4. Produce at least one essay that demonstrates an ability to synthesize sources in support of a thesis.
  5. Credit source material using a discipline-appropriate documentation style.
  6. Avoid plagiarism