Increase students' rhetorical awareness
Students learn the basic elements of any writing situation, including the assignment or task, their purposes and goals, their audiences, and the ways they can present their work most effectively. In addition, students study the available means of persuasion and learn to leverage those skills to make good choices to accomplish their writing goals. They will learn the importance of these fundamentals and how they relate to each other. Students will understand how writing for different audiences changes the strategies that must be used in order to effectively argue their positions.
Help students develop in the writing process
Students will practice all aspects of the writing process (formulating ideas, drafting, revising, and editing) individually and collaborativley as well as in a variety of writing situations. This also includes computer-based environments. Students will learn how to construct rational arguments, and produce a wide array of writing. They will then take these ideas and put them under a series of revisions. These are done both individually and collaborativley.
Inspire students to read texts in a new way
First-year students will create strategies and learn new skills by reading and responding to a range of print and electronic texts. These texts will introduce students to complex themes and situations they may not have considered previously. In-class discussions of these works may go on to influence students to change their initial views on them and inspire their own writing.
Guide students to a better understanding of academic writing
Students will recognize and practice basic conventions of academic writing in order to better use and understand the major surface features of writing such as grammar, usage, and punctuation. These conventions will continue to help the student throughout their experience at NKU as they will need to apply them in their future classes.
NOTE: These learning goals are based on the Outcomes Statement for First Year Composition (2000), endorsed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (www.wpacouncil.org).