Course Content and Outcome Guide for WR 122H
- Course Number:
- WR 122H
- Course Title:
- English Composition: Honors
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Course DescriptionHonors WR 122. Focuses on argument as a means of inquiry, clear and appropriate writing style, and critical reading. Explores ideas and issues through discussion and writing. Students compose analytical, argumentative, and/or expository essays with appropriate documentation. Students will explore principles of classical and neoclassical rhetoric theory while becoming confident members of the academic community. Prerequisite: WR 121 and 3.25 GPA. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
¢Use critical thinking and problem-solving in the context of research to locate, evaluate, and select sources; draw reasonable inferences from a variety of sources; perceive and establish relationships among multiple sources; analyze the structure and organization of sources as well as the structure and organization of ones own writing.
¢Identify and define issues at the core of an argument in order to analyze the main support of a written argument.
¢Use critical thinking to write effective arguments; support and develop ones own argument; concisely summarize written arguments from primary and secondary sources; articulate varying points of view, particularly those at odds with the writers point of view, in a fair and empathetic way.
¢Use argument as a means of inquiry as well as persuasion.
¢Suit writing style/voice to the intended audience and purpose.
Additional Honors Outcomes:
Enhances the experience of the traditional WR122 course by enabling students to:
¢Enjoy an increased awareness of language by understanding the historical context of current principles of verbal and written discourse and through the use of classical and neo-classical rhetorical theory.
¢Comfortably and competently use the vocabulary of rhetoric theory and apply the terminology of rhetoric theory to current cultural phenomena and circumstances.
¢Use basic principles of psycho-and socio-linguistic self-defense as cued by the classical and neo-classical rhetoricians encountered.
¢Enrich their lives through an understanding not only of the how of discourse, but also through an understanding of the why of discourse.
Course Activities and Design
Students will create a community enhanced by vocabulary and practices of classical rhetoric theory. For example, students will extend principles of dialectics to current inquiry-based research writing.
Students will become active in the academic community by presenting their works through class presentations, proposals submitted to conferences, and/or articles submitted to publications.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The instructor will assess students using the following:
¢ out-of-class writing
¢ responses to assigned texts
¢ class discussion
¢ in-class writing
¢ research tasks
¢ multiple drafts of academic essays
The instructor may assess students using the following:
¢ study questions
¢ reading journal
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
General composition concerns, such as:
General rhetorical concerns, such as:
¢ situation of discourse or argument
¢ forensic discourse
¢ deliberative discourse
¢ epideictic discourse
¢ ethos, pathos, logos
¢ burden of proof, presumption of favor
¢ appeals to various psychological faculties
¢ awareness of the academic community
Elements of argument, such as:
Elements of research, such as:
¢ validity of sources
¢ library resources
¢ internet/electronic resources
¢ awareness of publications
Elements of style, such as:
¢ figurative language
¢ sexist language
¢ usage levels