Introductory Writing

Course Number: WR 90
Transcript Title: Introductory Writing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 26, 2019
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

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

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