Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
WR 80
Course Title:
Writing 80
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Course Description

Covers basic communication skills, language mechanics, grammar, spelling, sentence structure and paragraph development. Prerequisites: (ABE 0783 and ABE 0784), or ABE 0790, or (placement into WR 80 and RD 80). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Employ correct grammar and punctuation
  2. Develop paragraphs that have appropriate topic sentences, transitions, and ample support.
  3. Demonstrate successful college behaviors: communication, participation, responsibility, and time management.
  4. Practice critical thinking in response to text.
  5. Increase college level vocabulary.
  6. Apply a working writing process with clear regard for the stages of invention, support/organization, drafting and revision.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

 1.  A writing process journal

 2.  Sentence and paragraph development practice exercises

 3.  Grammar and punctuation practice exercises

 4.  Spelling and vocabulary tasks

 5.  Group-work - students respond to class readings and/or fellow students€™ writing assignments

 6.  In-class writing assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

 1.  Writing process

 2.  Revision and peer-revision

 3.  Grammar and punctuation usage

 4.  Critical thinking

 5.  Idea development and support

 6.  Topic sentences, transitions and paragraph organization