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The Practice of Writing

Credits: 3
Grading: Mandatory credit/no credit
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits

This course emphasizes an intensive one-on-one approach to teaching writing, including frequent student-teacher conferences. It addresses key features of college writing including: analysis in addition to summary; revision for focus and clarity; development and generation of ideas; and style built on a solid grasp of conventions of grammar and punctuation. Students gain confidence for writing assignments typical of college classes. Activities include discussion and analysis of readings, explanation and modeling of writing strategies and techniques, along with peer review workshops.

The topic of this section of Writing 100 is “Language, Rhetoric, and Positionality,” and it aims to engage new college students in thinking about how personal and social factors impact the decisions a writer makes. We will read, watch, and listen to materials that speak to what academic writing can look like, along with materials that challenge standard expectations of language. You will write texts that rely on narrative, analytical, research and multimodal composing skills.

Course Requirements:

  • Regular attendance and participation
  • Working with peers to review and workshop drafts
  • Student-instructor conferences to workshop drafts
  • Timely completion of all assignments

Intended Audience:

Students who have yet to fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement who want to improve their ability to express ideas and arguments in writing.

Class Format:

Instruction Mode: Instruction will be generally synchronous, with some class meetings in person in the classroom and some online on Zoom. One-to-one and small-group meetings with the instructor will be held synchronously online on Zoom or Google Meet. Recorded talks and other course materials will be available for students who may need asynchronous participation, and some regular course activities (e.g., discussion posts, reading annotations) will be entirely asynchronous.

Learning Mode: We will use Canvas and Zoom. Students should have access to a camera and microphone.Course

Testing/Assessment: Students must participate in all aspects of the course to receive credit. Students will be assessed asynchronously on written assignments of varying length, and will also be expected to participate in synchronous and asynchronous discussions and collaborations with classmates and the instructor.