Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Employ a variety of pre-writing techniques to explore a topic.
2. Deepen understanding of a topic through exploratory research and writing.
3. Craft a clear, engaging thesis statement and support it with well-organized arguments and appropriately documented evidence.
4. In light of ethical and contemporary issues, understand and use underlying assumptions and values in developing a written argument.
5. Analyze, synthesize and evaluate ideas, both orally and in writing.
6. Respond orally and in writing to the works of others, both by summarizing and ‘speaking back.’
7. Based on an understanding of ethical and contemporary issues in rhetoric, make appropriate rhetorical decisions to achieve the purpose of a written piece.8. Give and make use of constructive feedback, both orally and in writing.
9. Revise writing to improve clarity, content and/or tone and style.
10. Edit written work for correct language mechanics.
11. Use multiple drafts to strengthen writing.