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Course Goals

Although they vary in topic, all sections of WR 100 and WR 150 have certain goals in common.  In WR 100, you developed your abilities to:

  • craft substantive, motivated, balanced academic arguments
  • write clear, correct, coherent prose
  • read with comprehension, critical discernment, and engagement
  • plan, draft, and revise efficiently and effectively
  • respond productively to the writing of others
  • express themselves verbally and converse thoughtfully about complex ideas


In WR 150, you will continue developing these abilities as you are introduced to college-level research and research-based writing.  The papers you will write for WR 150 will be similar in kind to those you wrote for WR 100, but they will be longer and more complex.  In WR 150, you will learn how to identify materials using contemporary online search tools and databases and how to access materials online or in the library.  You will develop your abilities to gauge the authority and reliability of sources and to make critical choices among the materials at your disposal.  Finally, in WR 150, you will have the opportunity to work in a sustained way on matters of prose style.


Syllabus (link)


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Class-established Semester Goals

- to work on clear organization

- to work on detailed analysis of evidence

- to work on finding good sources and using them well

- to work on formulating a good argument/claim/thesis

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