Introductory Writing

Course Number: WR 90
Transcript Title: Introductory Writing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 5, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
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
Repeats available for credit: 0


Placement into WR 90 and RD 90

Course Description

Includes instruction in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph development, essay development, and critical thinking skills. Improves basic writing skills by learning to use simple and complex sentences in developing a coherent essay, and by developing critical thinking skills that are used in the writing process. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 90 and RD 90. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate in writing using a variety of sentence structures, paragraphs, and short forms that emphasize correct grammar, punctuation, coherence, and clarity.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking in written responses to text.
  3. Recognize and utilize pre-writing steps for composing a good essay.
  4. Utilize basic word processing in writing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Grammar and punctuation practice exercises
  2. Paragraph Development practice exercises
  3. Written critical response to reading
  4. Final typed paragraphs and essays
  5. Graded homework assignments
  6. Written group projects
  7. Written responses to outside activities
  8. A writing journal
  9. In-class activities and participation

Course Activities and Design

  • Grammar exercises including focus on fused sentences, comma splices, sentence fragments, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, shifts in verb tense; misplaced modifiers; dangling modifiers; parallel structure; coordination and subordination
  • Paragraph Development exercises focusing on topic sentences, supporting detail and closing statements
  • Writing Process exercises including brainstorming, freewriting and clustering
  • Critical Thinking exercises
  • Punctuation and Capitalization exercises
  • Essay Development exercises focusing on thesis statements, introductions, body organization plans, and conclusions

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Grammar and punctuation usage in sentences
  • Simple, complex, compound, and compound-complex sentence usage in paragraph development
  • Appropriate use of support in fully developed paragraphs and essays