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English 100 Reading and Writing Rhetorically

Four Credit Hours

Course Description


Intensive practice in reading and writing critically and rhetorically, with attention to how those change according to purpose and situation. Introduction to rhetorical concepts and elements with application to a variety of academic, professional, or civic texts. Exploration of principles of argument and organization. Guidance in developing flexible, self-aware reading and composing processes. Practice in seeking, providing, and responding to constructive feedback. Practice with making choices about grammar, mechanics, and style appropriate to specific rhetorical situations. Extensive writing practice and individualized coaching to support ongoing development as a writer. Intended as preparation for ENG 101.


Learning Objectives


Students will

  1. Adapt reading strategies for a diverse range of texts to support critical understanding and generative use of texts.
  2. Understand that written texts have a range of purposes related to their rhetorical situations, which may include academic, professional, or civic contexts.
  3. Compose in multiple genres to participate in contexts calling for purposeful shifts in elements such as content, evidence, structure, medium, design, formality, or voice.
  4. Apply principles of argument and organization in students’ own writing.
  5. Use a range of writing strategies that reflect flexible, self-aware reading and composing processes.
  6. Seek, provide, and respond to constructive feedback on written work.
  7. Make choices about grammar, mechanics, and style appropriate to specific rhetorical situations.