College Writing II Outcomes | Department of English

College Writing II Outcomes

College Writing II courses will develop the following skills and abilities in students:

Primary outcomes

  • Analysis and production of discourse according to the rhetorical model

    • To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving, and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument (EEO 5).
    • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices (EEO 2).
  • Proficiency with the basic elements of argument:

    • Thesis
    • Claims
    • Reasons
    • Support
    • Counterargument and concession
  • Familiarity with other helpful persuasive strategies:

    • Rhetorical appeals
    • Classical argument
    • Toulmin argument
    • Rogerian argument
    • Examples and scenarios
    • Logical fallacies
    • Summary
    • Paraphrase
    • Quotation
  • Experience using common genres of persuasive writing:

    • Position arguments
    • Evaluations
    • Explaining Causes and Effects
    • Proposing Solutions
    • Research-based academic argument
  • Strategic employment of appropriate sources and successful documentation and citation of source material:

    • Understanding and avoiding plagiarism
    • Finding sources
    • Evaluating Sources
    • Organizing Sources
    • Documenting sources
  • Metacognitive (reflective) recognition of writing moves and strategies:
    • Reflecting on completed writing and readings
    • Thinking critically about writing skills employed
    • Considering larger civic and social dimensions of writing

Auxiliary outcomes

  • Encourage students' ability to persuade and argue using a variety of visual and other non-textual modes of communication

  • Provide students with frequent opportunities to interact collaboratively with others

    • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding (EEO 4).

  • Expand students' vision of the social and civic contexts of writing

  • Extend students' familiarity with proven processes of writing

    • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation (EEO 1).

  • Challenge students to think critically about relationships among language, knowledge, and power

  • Expose students to a variety of styles


  • Students will complete quizzes, discussion questions, in-class writing prompts, and other assignments and activities in order to develop skill in analyzing texts and producing appropriate writing

  • Students will write outlines, drafts, and multiple versions of their texts in order to develop strong editing and revision habits

  • Students will complete 7,500 words of "final draft" writing (about 25 double-spaced pages of text) over the course of the semester

  • Students will participate each week in a variety of modes of instruction including lectures, collaborative activities, class discussions, and small group editing sessions

  • Students will engage in research using a variety of outside sources, media, and modes in order to explore multiple perspectives on the topics about which they choose to write

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