This course asks you to take academic writing skills into the public, to work as an engaged citizen of the information age. We will begin the course by reading about an important social issue, and then we will determine how to use this knowledge to serve our communities.
To that end, you will conduct primary and secondary research projects. Then, you will plan and produce documents that will help inform and persuade the public about your issue and project, such as letters, emails, editorials, websites, and promotional materials.
Through all of these projects, the course will ask you to work rhetorically—to think carefully about the audience, purpose, persona, genre, and timing of your writing, as well as the impact that your writing can have in the community. This course emphasizes active learning through an emphasis on hands-on composition and revision. By the end of the course, you should:
Learn and use key rhetorical concepts through analyzing and composing a variety of texts
Learn common formats and/or design features for different kinds of texts
Gain experience reading and composing in several genres to understand how genre conventions shape and are shaped by readers’ and writers’ practices and purposes
Develop facility in responding to a variety of situations and contexts calling for purposeful shifts in voice, tone, level of formality, design, medium, and/or structure
Locate and evaluate (for credibility, sufficiency, accuracy, timeliness, bias and so on) primary and secondary research materials, including journal articles and essays, books, scholarly and professionally established and maintained databases or archives, and informal electronic networks and internet sources
Adapt composing processes for a variety of technologies and modalities
Experience the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes by working closely with your instructor
Required Textbooks & Materials
Jordynn Jack and Katie Rose Guest Pryal, How Writing Works with Readings ISBN-13:978-0199859849
Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say/I Say (3rd Edition) ISBN-13:978-03939358441
Lessons & Exams
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:
*Course information, including tuition, technology requirements, textbooks, lessons and exams, is subject to change without notice.