1. Rhetorical Composition

Notes from a rhetoric class, taken on whiteboard at front of the room, on rhetorical composition terms

Students compose texts in multiple genres, using multiple modes with attention to rhetorical situations.

Through composing a variety texts and using a number of composing technologies, students demonstrate understanding of audience, purpose, and constraints. They use and adapt generic conventions, including organization, development, and style.

2. Critical Thinking and Reading Resulting in Writing

As they undertake scholarly inquiry and produce their own arguments, students summarize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the ideas of others.

Students may encounter the ideas of others in a variety of texts generated both inside and outside the classroom: print, visual, aural, oral, spatial. Students learn accepted and ethical ways to integrate other texts into their work, rightly handling citation and adaptation. Students use writing as a critical thinking tool.

3. Writing as Process

Students understand and practice writing as a process, recursively implementing strategies of research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection.

In learning about their own writing process and doing guided reflective writing about that process, students learn to critique their own and others’ works. They also become aware that it usually takes multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text.

4. Digital Citizenship / Digital Identity

Students use technology appropriately and engage responsibly in online spaces.

Students conduct themselves according to norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. They explain and practice good digital citizenship and utilize the concepts of intellectual property (including copyright, fair use, and creative commons licensing) and appropriate citation and attribution of sources. Students reflect on learning as part of a deliberately constructed digital identity, which they construct in part through the design and publication of interlinked web sites on their own domains. Students conduct inquiry, research, critique, and publication in electronic environments.

5. Collaboration

Students demonstrate collaborative skills in classroom discussion and working together on projects and presentations.

Students practice effective collaboration and display a willingness to engage actively with each other. They work amiably in face-to-face and digital groups, and assume key roles in collaborative work. Students provide constructive criticism to their peers in supportive and helpful ways, and receive constructive criticism in the same manner.