IRW 115: Introduction to College Reading and Composition

Credits 6
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Covers reading and writing processes, organization, thesis development, and revision for clarity. Focuses on critical reading as a basis for academic inquiry, exploring one's ideas in response to texts, and developing thesis-driven essays. Emphasizes strategies for comprehension and response, critical thinking skills, information literacy, and reflection. Prepares students for WR 121Z and other college level coursework.

Course Outcomes
  • Read to understand the use of rhetorical concepts and context.
  • Use reading and writing strategies for inquiry, comprehension, and critical thinking.
  • Locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically to construct a line of inquiry and encourage intellectual curiosity.
  • Compose texts that integrate the writer’s ideas with appropriate sources in support of a thesis or central idea.
  • Write effectively using the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revision) for a variety of purposes.
  • Use critical reading strategies (reviewing, rereading, and correcting comprehension) for a variety of purposes.
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Addendum to Course Description:

Students write 2000-2500 words of revised, final draft copy, including at least one essay that incorporates and cites source materials.