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CCOG for WR 122 Spring 2023

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Course Number:
WR 122
Course Title:
Intermediate College Composition
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Course Description

Offers focused preparation for academic communication. Provides opportunities for practice in academic writing and conventions with an emphasis on independent research, thinking, and learning necessary for self-guided academic projects. Prerequisites: WR 121 or equivalent. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

All courses in the composition sequence (WR 115, 121, 122) teach writing as a process, requiring revision over multiple drafts; require 2 instructor conferences; and include principles of citation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. ADAPT: Negotiate academic genres with purpose and control.
  2. INQUIRE: Locate multiple and various information sources that are appropriate to the given process of inquiry.
  3. CONNECT: Craft an argument in conversation with others who are thinking about the same subject.
  4. REFLECT: Analyze their own learning in writing.

Aspirational Goals

Students will leave with the tools necessary to participate in academic discourse at PCC and beyond.

Students will understand themselves as lifelong students of reading, writing, and rhetoric.

Students will transfer their learning to personal goals and larger initiatives that matter to them.

Students will see themselves as critical participants in larger conversations.

Course Activities and Design

  • Low stakes writing for the self and the instructor (examples include journals, personal blogs, reflections, writer’s memos)

  • High stakes writing for an (imagined or real) audience, i.e., rhetorical projects that have undergone revision and editing (examples include traditional essays, editorials, annotated bibliographies, mixed media presentations)

  • Regular (weekly) low stakes writing, and 2-3 significant, high stakes writing projects

  • At least 2 high stakes writing projects that are academic in nature

  • Independent research

  • Presentations, class discussion, small group work, peer review/workshop

  • Library Research session with a librarian

  • Conferences

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment Tasks


  • Read and analyze academic genres.

  • Compose with intention in multiple genres, including academic genres.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the ways academic genre conventions impact reader-writer interaction.


  • Formulate a question that can be researched using academic methods.

  • Find and analyze compelling and relevant information.

  • Think critically about and evaluate complex information sources.

  • Identify a conversation through research.


  • Organize evidence purposefully, in support of a claim that furthers a conversation.

  • Engage in an academic conversation.

  • Consider multiple perspectives.

  • Maintain focus and coherence through a single piece of writing.


  • Articulate and reflect on their own reading process.

  • Articulate and reflect on their own search process.

  • Articulate and reflect on their own writing process.

  • Use rhetorical vocabulary to analyze their own writing.

Assessment Tools (the following is not an exhaustive or required list of assessment possibilities, but offers examples of how an instructor might gather information about a student’s learning)

Students’ ability to adapt may be assessed by the following:

  • Composition in more than one academic genre

  • Low stakes and high stakes writing

  • Reflective writing

Students’ ability to inquire may be assessed by the following:

  • Reading journals

  • Research notes

  • Annotations

  • Annotated Bibliography

  • Literature Review

  • Academic Essay

  • Conferences/conference preparation

Students’ ability to connect may be assessed by the following:

  • Essays

  • Annotated Bibliographies

  • Letters

  • Editorials

  • Review articles

  • Multimodal compositions

Students’ ability to reflect may be assessed by the following:

  • Learning journals

  • Reading journals

  • Writer’s memos

  • Letters

  • Annotations

  • Emails

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Rhetorical situation

  • Academic genre

  • Invention/Curiosity

  • Reflection/Metacognition

  • Summary

  • Writing to learn

  • Research as an iterative process

  • Information literacy

  • Non-agonistic rhetoric