will begin by working with the notion that writing is like a conversation.
Public issues take the shape they do because of the way they are talked
or written about. As critical members of society, it is important
that we take responsibility for understanding what people are saying
about important issues in society. We also need to be responsible
for analyzing why people are saying what they are and ultimately work
toward participating in the conversations that affect our daily lives.
become accountable members of the conversations we hear around us,
we will begin by developing critical reading and responding skills.
We will then research at the university level, engage ourselves with
the texts we encounter through our research, and analyze the texts
produced by other writers about a particular issue. Our final major
assignment will be a source-based argument targeted toward an audience
of your choice.
we learn about public issues and how they are discussed in our society,
we will also work with skills and strategies you will need to effectively
write for an academic environment as well as for situations you will
encounter in everyday life. Throughout the semester, you will learn
how to most effectively reach your audiences and accomplish your purposes
by making the most effective choices about the claim (thesis), focus,
development, and organization of your writing based on your context
or writing situation.