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|WR 121_H - Academic Composition-Honors
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. The course also introduces students to skills in source analysis, documentation, and beginning research methods 2. Demonstrate critical thinking and reading skills of situations or challenging college-level texts: a. Read actively and rhetorically: engage with complex ideas in order to evaluate and interpret texts b. Evaluate, use, and synthesize sources in support of the thesis, which may include primary and secondary, and found in media-captured, electronic, live and printed forms c. Develop and organize essays using logic, examples, and illustration, and research to support his/her ideas d. Engage in the research process as part of an inquiry process 3. Make appropriate and effective rhetorical choices during all stages of the writing process: a. Adopt an appropriate point of view, which takes into account voice, tone, and ethos b. Choose strategies of development appropriate for the purpose and audience--including narration, cause/effect, description, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and definition (recognizing that effective writing usually involves combinations of these "modes") c. Identify audience and a clear purpose d. Shape a thesis and/or controlling idea (implicit or explicit) that expresses a focused approach to ideas, insights, and/or applications 4. Develop and Organize Essays: a. Develop essays through a flexible process of pre-drafting, planning, drafting, revising, and editing b. Write at least one essay that demonstrates an understanding of the basic principles of argumentation c. Develop support using methods that may include: adequate explanatory details, sensory and narrative detail, dialogue, examples, illustrations, reasons, analogies, and forms of evidence such as summary and synthesis of outside sources d. Organize ideas coherently and logically in clear sentences, paragraphs, and essays, employing effective connections and transitions e. Utilize an effective organizational strategy that reflects the scope and nature of the thesis, including: an effective introduction, logically arranged body paragraphs that develop the thesis, body, and conclusion f. Emphasize and subordinate ideas appropriately 5. Begin to use the library and Internet resources to conduct research: a. Use a database and the Internet to locate information and evidence b. Demonstrate an ability to summarize, paraphrase, and quote sources in a manner that distinguishes the writer's voice from that of his/her sources 6. Effectively and correctly use accepted conventions and formatting: a. Type and format final drafts with appropriate headings, titles, spacing, margins, demonstrating an understanding of either MLA or APA citation style b. Use the handbook or other resources for style, grammar, and citation c. Evaluate the effectiveness of his/her work with peer responders, tutors, and/or instructors, demonstrating a focused process of improvement from early to final drafts d. Employ an appropriate variety of correct and effective sentence structures (e.g., fragments may appear only when stylistically appropriate) e. Demonstrate the ability to use Edited Standard Written English (ESWE) to address an academic audience
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