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WR 087 English Grammar and Paragraph Writing

Prerequisite: Placement by the LCC reading/writing test, instructor consent, or a passing grade in RD080 or RD087. This course integrates English grammar, paragraph writing, and readings. Students will develop their ability to write standard English sentences that demonstrate a mastery of grammatical concepts while learning about and using the writing process. Students will also demonstrate control and understanding of the writing process: generate and organize ideas, write drafts, revise and edit paragraphs. In addition, students will practice paragraph structures, development of ideas in a paragraph, and sentence editing and revision. Course activities may be enhanced through conferences, workshops, and/or online modules. May be offered online.
 

WR 093 College Writing for ELL Students

Prerequisite: A passing grade in WR089 or WR090, a passing grade (C- or better) in English as a Second Language (ESL) College Transition Writing & Grammar F and College Transition Reading F and College Transition Listening & Speaking F, or placement by the LCC Accuplacer or Accuplacer ESL, or recommendation of the instructor. Corequisite: EL113. This course develops English language learners' advanced competence in essay writing and prepares students for WR115. Students will demonstrate control and understanding of the writing process: generate and organize ideas, write drafts, revise, and edit paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. Students will learn to recognize and correct grammatical errors in their writing. Students will also learn advanced grammatical concepts and produce essays that reflect that knowledge. Students will also use critical reading skills to analyze essays and improve their own writing. Students will submit papers using word processing software.
 

WR 097

Prerequisites: WR080 or WR087 or WR089 or WR090, or a passing grade (C- or better) in English as a Second Language (ESL) College Transition Writing & Grammar F and College Transition Reading F and College Transition Listening & Speaking F, or placement by the LCC Accuplacer or Accuplacer ESL. Corequisite: EL 113W. This course introduces students to essay writing and prepares students for WR115. Students will demonstrate control and understanding of the writing process: generate and organize ideas, write drafts, revise, and edit paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. Students will learn to recognize and correct grammatical errors in their writing. Course activities may be enhanced through conferences, workshops, and/or online modules. May be offered online.
 

WR 105 Writing for Scholarships

Prerequisite: WR 115 or WR 115W or equivalent placement. Central to “Writing for Scholarships” is your involvement in the classroom community. In other words, a key to success in this course is active participation. This course functions as a support system, encouraging you to develop your ideas and writing skills beyond the classroom. First, you will learn to present your self-inquiry in the form of effective scholarship essays. Then, you will include these essays in a scholarship application to the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) and, optionally, another scholarship application of your choice. This course focuses on prewriting, descriptive writing, organizational strategies, sentence fluency, concision, and, importantly, revision. It is not uncommon for students to rewrite their essays multiple times after starting over. We will look at scholarship essays from former WR 105 students who have earned scholarships, to define what works and to employ working techniques in current assignments. Your writing will be your own, and yet you may draw upon campus resources and the community experience to facilitate your leaps in learning. We will collaborate and consider each essay together, to determine how to communicate your personal experiences such that they inspire you and touch the lives of others. NOTE: This two-credit writing course will not count toward a WR 115/115W, 121, 122, 123 or 227 writing course.
 

WR 115 Introduction to College Composition

A passing grade in (C- or better) in WR 93 or WR 97, or a placement test. This course introduces students to the expectations of college-level reading, thinking, and writing. Students will be introduced to rhetorical concepts and engage in a collaborative writing process to produce projects for a variety of purposes and audiences, across more than one genre. Reading, writing, and critical thinking activities will focus on inquiry and the development of the metacognitive awareness of individuals as writers. Students will produce one formal essay of 700-800 words and a total of 2000-2500 words of revised, final draft copy over the term that incorporate source material and practice MLA citation and attribution conventions.
 

WR 115W Introduction to College Writing: Workplace Emphasis

A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 93 or 97 or a placement test. This course introduces students to the expectations of workplace reading, writing, and project management. Students will be introduced to rhetorical concepts and engage in a collaborative writing process to produce projects with a variety of purposes and audiences across multiple genres. Projects may include job letters, memos, technical reports, and other documents and multimodal projects drawn from students' chosen fields. Students will produce 2000-2500 words of revised, final draft copy or appropriate multimodal analogs for this amount of text; at least one of the projects will incorporate source material and practice attribution conventions. This course fulfills writing requirements for some Lane programs. Note: This three-credit writing course will count as a prerequisite for WR 121 at Lane only. Students who plan to transfer should be aware that most other colleges and universities in Oregon will not accept WR 115W as a prerequisite for WR 121.
 

WR 121 Academic Composition

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 115 or WR 115W or a placement test. This course focuses on rhetorical reading, thinking, and writing as means of inquiry. Students will gain fluency with key rhetorical concepts and utilize these in a flexible and collaborative writing process, reflecting on their writing process with the goal of developing metacognitive awareness. They will employ conventions, including formal citations, appropriate for a given writing task, attending to the constraints of audience, purpose, genre, and discourse community. Students will compose in two or more genres. They will produce 3000-3500 words of revised, final draft copy or an appropriate multimodal analog for this amount of text. Students will produce at least one essay that integrates research and demonstrates an understanding of the role of an assertive thesis in an academic essay of at least 1000 words.
 

WR 121_H Academic Composition

Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on Lane's Writing Placement Test or a passing grade (C- or better) in WR 115. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. This fundamental course for all writing students introduces students to the conventions of academic writing. It emphasizes defining and developing a significant topic and using principles of clear thinking to support an assertive or argumentative thesis. Students will gain an understanding of their subject matter, audience, purpose, and point-of-view, and demonstrate that understanding through the organization and development of their essays. Students will learn how to analyze and evaluate other writers' work to sharpen their critical abilities as readers and writers. The course also introduces students to skills in source analysis, documentation, and beginning research methods. May be offered online. This course also meets Lane Degree requirements that are fullfilled by the same course number without the _H.
 

WR 122 Argument, Research and Multimodal Composition

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 121. WR 122 continues the focus of WR 121 in its review of rhetorical concepts and vocabulary, in the development of reading, thinking, and writing skills, along with metacognitive competencies understood through the lens of a rhetorical vocabulary. Specifically, students will identify, evaluate, and construct chains of reasoning, a process that includes an ability to distinguish assertion from evidence, recognize and evaluate assumptions, and select sources appropriate for a rhetorical task. Students will employ a flexible, collaborative, and appropriate composing process, working in multiple genres, and utilizing at least two modalities. They will produce 3500-4500 words of revised, final draft copy or an appropriate multimodal analog for this amount of text. Students will produce at least one essay of a minimum of 1500 words, demonstrating competence in both research and academic argumentation.
 

WR 122_H Argument, Research and Multimodal Composition

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 121 or a passing score on the English Department's Waiver exam. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. While continuing the concerns of WR 121-English Composition: Introduction to Academic Writing WR 122-Argument, Style, and Research—focuses on persuasion and argument supported by external research, including the processes of finding and evaluating sources, citing, documenting, and integrating source material into the student's own text. Both subjects--argument and research--are presented in the context of critical reading and the writing. This course also meets Lane Degree requirements that are fullfilled by the same course number without the _H.
 

WR 123 Composition: Research Writing

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 122. While continuing the goals of WR 122, this course emphasizes skills needed to complete a quarter-long research project. Students will write a research essay that supports an analytical and/or assertive thesis. WR 123 also emphasizes the critical reading and writing skills involved in defining and researching a genuine problem of inquiry, as distinct from encyclopedic reporting. May be offered online.
 

WR 227 Technical Writing

Prerequisite: WR 121 or WR 121_H. Students in WR 227 will produce instructive, informative, and persuasive documents aimed at well-defined and achievable outcomes within a variety of technical/professional contexts. The purpose and target audience of each document determine the style that an author chooses, which includes document layout, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, and visuals. Students can expect to gather, read, and analyze information and learn a variety of strategies for presenting such information in attractive, carefully edited deliverables designed for specific audiences.
 

WR 227_H Technical Writiing

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 121 or a passing score on the English Department's waiver exam. Recommended: A passing grade (C- of better) in WR 122. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. This transfer course emphasizes forms of writing demanded in the workplace. While addressing issues like evaluation of materials and audiences, sources of information, organization, design, and visual aids, the projects include letters, informal reports, descriptions, instructions, and proposals. May be offered online.
 

WR 298 Independent Study: Writing

A variable credit course based on independent study contracted between an instructor and a student.
 
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