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WRIT 2 - Why Write, Anyway

This is a course guide for WRIT 2, Section 5.

Course description for WRIT 2 (Mackey)

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]

In the Library's collections

You can use one of these subject headings to start your research in the library's online catalog:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

Finding scholarly articles & journal title(s)

You can find writings about writing in many publications. You can start your search in a general index such as Academic Search Complete or Web of Science. Or you can use the search box at the top of the page.

Internet resource(s)

Citing and Tracking Your Bibliographic References

Use this guide to help you learn how to correctly cite and keep track of the references you find for your research.

Keeping up with scholarly journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with scholarly journal literature in any discipline? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's, you can download and read the articles you want from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's also available in a web version. You can get to it through our online catalog here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.