WR101B: Introduction to College Writing
WR101 will serve as your introduction to college writing and the kinds of academic and intellectual prose found in analytical, interpretive, and critical writing that appears in scholarly books and journals and in the public intellectual sphere. Working effectively within the genre of the academic essay, with its base of conventions and formal structural elements, will provide students with a venue in which to express their ideas to their instructors as well as their peers. Learning these conventions and structural elements will ultimately give students the tools to express their ideas throughout their college career, and into their professional lives.
The goal of WR101 is to develop a strong foundation in the fundamental components of college level academic writing. Using Kenneth A. Bruffee’s A Short Course in Writing, we will break the essay down to its basic components, so that students can develop a higher level of competency with formal structural components of essay writing. We will then transition into longer, more traditional, academic essays. The emphasis during this part of the semester will be placed on putting texts in conversation with each other and with your own ideas. Finally, students will be put into Writing Groups, where students will be able to observe the choices and challenges that are involved in working collaboratively on a text. During the group project, students will also work on presenting their material both orally and visually as well as through text.