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Writing is a process (it involves prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing)
  • an understanding of the separate elements of the writing process 
  • the knowledge and ability to use process tools effectively (e.g., brainstorming, clustering, outlining, criteria-based content and structure evaluations)
  • an understanding of basic grammar rules-not just as discrete sets of knowledge but, more importantly, as they are used holistically to make the articulation of thought more effective
  • the ability to use their knowledge of grammar to make their writing more effective
  • an understanding that writing is not simply "correcting" errors but a process that is the result of effective habits

Writing is recursive (the best way to learn how to write is to write, not simply practice discrete skills)
  • sufficient time to work on multiple drafts and pieces of their process, not just grammar exercises and sentence-level work

Writing is a thinking process(and academic writing almost always involves critical thinking-including but not limited to analysis, synthesis, and evaluation)
  • the knowledge and ability to recognize levels of thinking in writing
  • the ability to identify elements of coherence in their writing and revise their writing to make it more coherent
  • sufficient time to discover and control their thought processes in their writing

Effective writing is a product of effective self-monitoring of the writing process (including but not limited to the knowledge and use of metacognitive strategies)
  • an understanding of the importance of metacognitive processes and tools (self-evaluation, reflection, diagnosis)
  • the ability to develop and use effective self-monitoring strategies

LERN 81 - Improving Writing

3 Units (Not Degree Applicable)
May be taken for Pass/No Pass only

Develop as a writer through practice and reflection. Improve writing process and product through prewriting, writing, editing, and revising. Develop writing strategies and confidence in a community of writers.