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WRIT 231 Writing II

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.


3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • 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.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 1: Communication

  • 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.