In this course, students learn strategies to critically analyze a variety of texts and essays; to understand how audience and social/cultural factors shape writing; and to research, evaluate, interpret, paraphrase, quote and summarize texts. Students write and revise several papers and critique the work of other students.
- Demonstrate techniques for revising writing at the global and sentence-level.
- Distinguish between various rhetorical situations and choose appropriate content, evidence, and style for a particular audience.
- Effectively integrate, fully analyze, and accurately document source material.
- Evaluate scholarly and non-scholarly sources by assessing credibility, recognizing bias, and understanding how audience and purpose shape content and style.
- Identify multiple strategies for using library databases, locating print and electronic sources, and conducting original research.
- Produce a complex and persuasive argument with well-chosen evidence.
- Synthesize material from multiple sources and produce inter-textual writing that furthers the writer's own argument.
- Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
- Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
- Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
- Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
- Construct logical and coherent arguments.
- Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
- Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.