Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Focuses on academic writing as a means of inquiry. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).

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CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates Materials
10003 Web 09-Jan-2017 thru 25-Mar-2017 Textbooks for CRN 10003
Instructor: Monica R Christofili
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact the department at 971-722-6281 (Office) or 971-722-6255 (Office) or 971-722-6145 (Dept Chair).

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Course details: CRN 10003

Course materials


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Proctored exams and activities:

There are no proctored exams and activities.

Other in-person and on-campus activities:

There are no other in-person and on-campus activities.


You'll want to be sure that you have access to a word processing program of some kind (PCC libraries offer such programs on their computers) that will allow you to save your writing assignments in either .rtf, .doc, or .docx files. You can always download Open Office for free, and this will save .odt files, which are also acceptable.

Instructor comments:

Hello! My name is Monica Christofili, and I'll be your writing facilitator for WR121 this term. Welcome to this course detail information page on our WR121 class together.

Course Materials
We'll use only one book in our class, and it is a grammar and punctuation and research and citation guide: Diana Hacker's A Pocket Style Manual, 7th edition WITH THE 2016 MLA UPDATE. Make sure you get the version with the update! Feel free to find it used in our bookstores or online--you'll have some time to order it because you won't need it for the first couple weeks, but you'll find it very useful from there on! You'll also want to be sure that you have access to a word processing program so that you can turn in files in one of the following types: .rtf, .doc, or .docx  Many students who do not have a Word or equivalent program on their computers find it useful to download the free program offered by Open Office. And of course all PCC library computers will offer you word processing programs.

Class officially begins Monday, and in this first week of class, we'll complete two modules, one titled "Syllabus, Schedule, & Introductions" and one titled "WEEK 1". Our "Syllabus, Schedule, & Introductions" module will have you complete a welcoming syllabus quiz and get-to-know-each-other introduction discussion. Our "WEEK 1" module will have you do some reading to complete two more brief discussions: Discussion #1 Part A and Discussion #1 Part B. And by Sunday, it will have you turn in your very first but very approachable writing assignment, just three paragraphs. After that, our second week together will have due just two discussions and another writing assignment, and we'll be on a steady, well-paced roll from there. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you "in class"!

Course Release
For the first few weeks of our class, we use something called “course release” that makes it so that you cannot see the next item in a module until you have viewed the previous item. This is a way of helping you move through our curriculum in a logical, “scaffolded” pattern by ensuring that you view certain materials before others. Be sure that you are paying attention to our class schedule to know what it is that you should be looking for next! You can view this class schedule in miniature form via calendar updates on our class home page, and you can always find the full version in our first module, "Syllabus, Schedule, & Introductions". You can even print out the full version in hard copy to keep it to refer to easily whenever you need.

When D2L is Down
Finally, sometimes PCC.edu is down, and you’ll have to access D2L another way. In expectation of these instances, save and use the following link: https://online.pcc.edu

Your WR121 online facilitator,

Web course information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Distance Education technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes. To learn more, go to http://www.pcc.edu/osg