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Writing Program Outcomes

English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies

Map of UMD Writing Program Outcomes:  Introduced, Reinforced, Well-Developed[1]

Domain

Outcome (the student will...)

WRIT 1120

WRIT 31xx

SLO #1:
Rhetorical Knowledge and Critical Thinking
Student will analyze their own and others' texts to demonstrate knowledge and articulate the rhetorical situation in their field and how the texts address the situation.





Articulate and employ effective strategies for interpreting difficult and substantive texts

Introduced

Well-Developed

Identify textual and visual conventions in various genres and define how these vary according to audience, purpose, and rhetorical situation  

Introduced

Reinforced

Identify opposing arguments for a single issue and analyze their use of rhetorical strategies 

Introduced

Well-Developed

Demonstrate understanding of how style of writing varies with different rhetorical situations

Introduced

Reinforced

Identify genres of substantive writing within a student's field 

Introduced

SLO #2
Rhetorical Performance
Student will employ rhetorical choices appropriate to specific writing situations.

Create a focused thesis that reflects topic's complexity and a text's genre, purpose, and audience  

Introduced

Reinforced

Support text's primary purpose with evidence acceptable, relevant, and sufficient for the audience and genre

Introduced

Reinforced

Create well-organized and logically cohesive prose

Introduced

Reinforced

Create a text in genres of student's profession, using the conventions correctly for specific audiences 

 

Introduced

Present primary research in textual form for a specific audience

Introduced

Write about discipline-related topic for both experts in the student's discipline and for a public with lay understanding of student's discipline 

 

Introduced

Apply the conventions of Edited Standard Written English (ESWE) and adapt style to suit a text's genre and audience  

Reinforced

Reinforced

SLO#3:
Information Literacy
Student will locate, evaluate, and effectively use sources for academic writing.

Search and select evidence appropriate for text's purpose and audience

Introduced

Reinforced

Understand the purpose and use of various documentation styles and follow their conventions appropriately

Introduced

Reinforced

SLO#4:
Writing Processes
Student will use an iterative process to assess instructor, self, and peer critique of drafts in order to rewrite texts.

Use drafts, with specific goals for each draft

Introduced

Reinforced

Collaborate with peers (listen comprehensively to others in group work; take initiative within group work; cooperate as a team member)

Reinforced

Reinforced

Use appropriate technology for commentary, revision, and collaboration 

Introduced

Reinforced


[1] For this map, the term "Introduced" means instructors assume the concept/strategies are new to students; "Reinforced" means instructors assume the students have familiarity with the concepts/strategies but provide some instruction; "Well-Developed" means instructors assume students have mastered the concepts/strategies, so they provide minimal instruction for these concepts/strategies unless individual students demonstrate a need for it.