WR 095 : Basic Writing II

Transcript title

Basic Writing II



Grade mode

Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 065 or minimum placement into WR 121.


Provides instruction and practice in basic essay structures and development. Students learn effective options for introductions, transitions, body paragraphs and conclusions. Includes brief review of sentence mechanics and paragraphing principles within the context of student's own writing. Also provides practice and instruction in the writing process, including peer review and analysis. WR 095 is an optional course in the developmental writing sequence for students who need or want additional preparation for WR 121. This course is not suitable for students who place into WR 060 or WR 065.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate control and understanding of the writing process: generating ideas, drafting, revising, and editing, including awareness of a variety of strategies for stages in the writing process.
2. Demonstrate control over the basic structure of an essay, including demonstrating control of a variety of options for introductory, body and concluding paragraphs.
3. Maintain focus and coherence for essays of at least 1000 words, including using a thesis statement, topic sentences for body paragraphs, and effective transitions within and between paragraphs.
4. Demonstrate awareness of different audiences, including those of college level; demonstrate control of writing strategies, including control of voice, tone and appropriate word choice.
5. Produce essays containing a variety of sentence lengths and structures, including some complex sentences.
6. Edit one’s own writing for mechanical and grammatical errors, producing work that is substantially free from both minor surface errors and major sentence errors.
7. Complete appropriate written peer reviews of student essay drafts, including suggestions for revision and editing.
8. Use critical reading to distinguish among general ideas, specific evidence, and analysis of evidence and to apply the distinctions to one’s own writing, including the incorporation of at least one source as part of the writing process.
9. Understand and avoid plagiarism, including demonstrating control of basic documentation principles in a summary or other written assignment.

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