About CORE 120
CORE 120 is a workshop course centered on academic writing. In this class, we will focus on developing your writing while also exploring what it means to join the academic conversation through writing. We’ll study writing processes as well as rhetorical strategies for invention, arrangement, style, and delivery—approaching composition not only as a technical subject and craft, but also as a learning tool.
Much of what you learn about writing in this class (and beyond!) will occur by doing writing. We will also study about writing through readings, discussions, activities, and writing about writing. Through the writing as well as through the “meta” work, we will explore a few deceptively simple questions:
In order to develop thoughtful, informed answers to these questions, you will be introduced to resources and research about writing. Your own writing will also help you: I will regularly ask you to discuss your in-process and polished work and to participate in small-group discussions and activities. Our work toward answering the course questions should inform your understanding of writing at applied, theoretical, and evaluative levels. Upon completion of English Composition, you should be able to (1) demonstrate your knowledge about writing through practice and reflection, (2) offer in-depth answers to the focus questions, and (3) critique and respond constructively to approaches to writing that you encounter.
pass this course may meet
Dordt’s requirements for Core Competency in Writing.
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