A Writing-about-Writing Approach to First-Year Composition

Daniel V. Bommarito, Brent Chappelow

Abstract


This syllabus is designed for first-year undergraduate students taking their first college writing course. The course adopts of a writing-about-writing approach (Downs & Wardle, 2007) in which students read scholarship from writing studies, engage in research-based writing projects, and produce reflective writing. The course is unique for its hands-on research projects and emphasis on process. Exit course surveys indicate that students learn much about writing as a content area and gain confidence in their own writing abilities.


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first-year composition; writing about writing; undergraduate research

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