As you begin your Dartmouth journey and your required composition class, you should, I think, wonder why (or maybe even if) you ought to write. After all, AI can now write almost anything for you. So what do you have to gain from a class like this? Can writing do anything for you beyond giving you a means to communication ideas you already have? Or can writing be a process for discovering ideas? We'll explore these and many related questions in the first half of Writing 2, before turning our attention to other topics of interest, which we will investigate by, in part, writing about them. You will complete numerous writing exercises and write multiple drafts of three formal essays. You can expect extensive feedback from your instructor, your teaching assistant, and your classmates, and you will, hopefully discover something new about writing.
Writing 2 (General)
In Writing 2-3, we expect you will begin to develop the core capabilities you need for college writing and thinking, which include: reading, inquiry, analysis, interpretation, discussion, and composing. You will learn to approach your own writing with what we call "rhetorical flexibility," which means being familiar with different writing tools and strategies and being able to choose the best tools and strategies to create and communicate your meaning for any given context and in different modes, such as multimodal projects, collaborative compositions, or speeches. By committing yourself to the rigorous process of reading, writing, discussing, researching, conferring, and rewriting, you will learn to craft clear and compelling academic arguments.
[Source, Syllabus, 09/29/2023]
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