SWIC Course Objectives

English 101 & 102 Dual Credit

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By practicing writing as a recursive process (inventing, drafting, reviewing, revising, and editing), successful students will:

Invention

  • Engage in inquiry through writing, reading, discussion and research;
  • Employ creative and critical thinking;
  • Collaborate with peers in developing topic and purpose;
  • Articulate their writing choices, strategies, growth, strengths, and weaknesses.

Presentation

  • Achieve rhetorical purpose to meet readers’ needs, expectations, and contextual    constraints;
  • Collaborate with peers to foster competent and professional presentation;
  • Proofread and correct their revised text;
  • Employ appropriate format and citation conventions.

Arrangement

  • Construct texts around a central controlling idea;
  • Support a main idea with concrete and worthwhile details, examples and reasons;
  • Develop an organizing principle that supports rhetorical purpose;
  • Compose in multiple genres appropriate for multiple contexts;
  • Collaborate with peers to engineer cogent arrangement.

Style

  • Construct an effective ethos to achieve rhetorical purpose;
  • Cultivate style and tone by strategically employing rhetorical devices appropriate for the situation/circumstance;
  • Make conscious, skilful, and/or artistic choices regarding language use;
  • Collaborate with peers to improve and adapt writing style.

Research (Secondary in 101)

  • Engage in research as a process of inquiry and discovery, formulating research questions and developing (or following) appropriate methods for pursuing those questions;
  • Interact with a variety of primary and secondary written/visual/aural texts, discovering individual insights and formulating their own stance throughout the writing process;
  • Gather sources and evaluate their reliability, accuracy, value, and currency.

TOPICAL OUTLINE

A.       Invention Strategies
B.       Audience and Rhetorical Context (that is, how reader, writer, language, and subject
matter interact)
C.       Rhetorical Purpose
D.       Genre
E.       Authenticity of Authorial Voice
F.       Development of Controlling Idea with sufficient and appropriate detail
G.       Organization/Arrangement of material to support purpose and affect audience
H.       Prose Style/Expression tailored for the intended audience and purpose
I.       Revision as a holistic re-envisioning of the text
J.       Incorporation of ideas and quotations from other sources
K.       Editing strategies to identify and eliminate most significant surface errors in edited
American English

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