Composition I focuses on the reading, writing, critical thinking, and research skills that students need to participate effectively in civic discussions and debates. The course explores topics important to the D.C. metro area through first-hand research and through an examination of new and traditional media. The course culminates in a project that contributes to the public discussion of a topic.
• Students will accurately read, summarize, and analyze new and traditional media sourceswith particular attention to rhetorical context.
• Students will critically evaluate information and its sources and will use information honestly and effectively to engage complex topics.
• Students will write with focus and purpose for a specific public audience, employing the writing conventions such as types of evidence, organization, tone, and sentence-level prose appropriate for this audience.
•Students will understand that writing is a flexible process that includes drafting, revising based on feedback, and editing.
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