Teaching & Learning Goals

Taken together, the courses in the First-Year Writing Program at DePaul University seek to develop student competencies in five general categories: rhetorical knowledge; critical thinking, reading and writing; writing processes; and knowledge of conventions.

Rhetorical Knowledge

By the end of FYW, students should be able to demonstrate that they can:

·       Define and focus on a purpose or purposes

·       Interpret and respond to different audiences

·       Respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations

·       Apply conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation

·       Apply appropriate tone, diction, and level of formality

·       Demonstrate  how genres shape reading and writing

·       Write in several genres

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

By the end of FYW, students should be able to demonstrate that they can:

·       Employ writing and reading for inquiry, thinking, and communicating

·       Respond and evaluate texts in multiple genres and media

·       Demonstrate that a writing assignment is a series of tasks that includes finding, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources

·       Integrate their own ideas with those of others

·       Interpret and explain the relationships among language, knowledge, and power



By the end of FYW, students should to demonstrate that they can:

·       Recognize and articulate the value of using multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text

·       Exhibit flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proof-reading

·       Demonstrate understanding that writing is an open process that permits writers to use later invention and re-thinking to revise their work

·       Explain  the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes

·       Critique their own and others’ works

·       Apply a variety of technologies to address a range of audiences.

Knowledge of Conventions

By the end of FYW, students should be able to demonstrate that they can:

·       Demonstrate competency in using common formats for different kinds of texts.

·       Apply a variety of genre conventions ranging from structure and paragraphing to tone and mechanics.

·       Correctly document their work.

·       Correctly apply in their writing such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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