Course Number: WR 90
Transcript Title: Introductory Writing
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 5, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Includes instruction in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph development, essay development, and critical thinking skills. Improves basic writing skills by learning to use simple and complex sentences in developing a coherent essay, and by developing critical thinking skills that are used in the writing process. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 90 and RD 90. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Communicate in writing using a variety of sentence structures, paragraphs, and short forms that emphasize correct grammar, punctuation, coherence, and clarity.
- Demonstrate critical thinking in written responses to text.
- Recognize and utilize pre-writing steps for composing a good essay.
- Utilize basic word processing in writing.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Grammar and punctuation practice exercises
- Paragraph Development practice exercises
- Written critical response to reading
- Final typed paragraphs and essays
- Graded homework assignments
- Written group projects
- Written responses to outside activities
- A writing journal
- In-class activities and participation
Course Activities and Design
- Grammar exercises including focus on fused sentences, comma splices, sentence fragments, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, shifts in verb tense; misplaced modifiers; dangling modifiers; parallel structure; coordination and subordination
- Paragraph Development exercises focusing on topic sentences, supporting detail and closing statements
- Writing Process exercises including brainstorming, freewriting and clustering
- Critical Thinking exercises
- Punctuation and Capitalization exercises
- Essay Development exercises focusing on thesis statements, introductions, body organization plans, and conclusions
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Grammar and punctuation usage in sentences
- Simple, complex, compound, and compound-complex sentence usage in paragraph development
- Appropriate use of support in fully developed paragraphs and essays