Developmental Writing examines the fundamental process, theories, and methods that enhance a student's overall writing ability, and introduces strategies for writing within multiple disciplines and professions. You will draft and revise sentences, paragraphs, and essays, with the aim of achieving effective college-level writing skills. You will learn how to improve sentence structure and clarity using grammar, punctuation, and word choice. The course introduces proper research techniques, and various writing genres, including narration, as well as exploring the concepts of cause and effect, compare and contrast, definition, and argumentation.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Appreciate the skill of writing as form of critical thinking.
- Describe the steps in the writing process.
- Define "draft" and identify key differences between writing a first and final draft.
- Revise paragraphs and essays to be clear and concise.
- Edit sentences to improve clarity and eliminate errors.
- Use appropriate and vivid word choices to express ideas.
- Develop and explain the differences between a topic sentence and a thesis statement.
- Develop sensory details and write a descriptive narrative paragraph.
- Create a relationship between causes and effects; write a cause and effect paragraph.
- Develop a strong definition paragraph through contrast, explanation, and other techniques.
- Write a comparison and contrast essay using subject-by-subject or point-by-point methods.
- Compose an original argument essay that acknowledges and appeals to the audience's viewpoint.
- Identify and describe the main factors for developing a good re'sume' and cover letter.
- Respond to essay exam prompts clearly and concisely.
- Explain the research process and conduct research to explore a specific topic.
|3||Writing the Sentence||
|4||Writing the Paragraph||
|5||Write to be Read||
|7||Point and Specific Evidence||
|8||Description and Narration||
|10||Cause and Effect||
|12||Comparison and Contrast||
|14||Re'sume's and Cover Letters||
There are no prerequisites to take Developmental Writing.
StraighterLine does not apply letter grades. Students earn a score as a percentage of 100%. A passing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.
There are a total of 1000 points in the course:
|1||Graded Quiz: Grammar||18|
|2||Graded Quiz: Word Use||21|
|3||Graded Quiz: Sentence Types||30|
|4||Graded Quiz: Audience, Tone, and Purpose||19.5|
|4||Graded Quiz: Narrative Paragraph and Structure||9|
|4||Graded Quiz: Paragraph Structure||27|
|5||Graded Quiz: Audience, Tone, Purpose, and Word Choices||18|
|6||Graded Quiz: Organization, Support, and Unity||16.5|
|7||Graded Quiz: Thesis, Details, and Introduction/Conclusion||16.5|
|8||Descriptive Narrative Writing Assignment||60|
|8||Graded Quiz: Descriptive Narrative||7.5|
|9||Definition Writing Assignment||60|
|9||Graded Quiz: Definition||25.5|
|10||Cause and Effect Writing Assignment||60|
|10||Graded Quiz: Cause and Effect, Part 1||13.5|
|10||Graded Quiz: Cause and Effect, Part 2||12|
|11||Graded Quiz: Essay Structure||25.5|
|11||Graded Quiz: Pronouns||12|
|11||Graded Quiz: Transitions||15|
|11||Graded Quiz: Essay Development||15|
|12||Comparison and Contrast Writing Assignment||100|
|12||Graded Quiz: Comparison and Contrast||16.5|
|13||Essay Exam Writing Assignment||100|
|13||Graded Quiz: Essay Exams||18|
|14||Graded Quiz: Re'sume's||7.5|
|14||Graded Quiz: Cover Letters||9|
|15||I-Search Writing Assignment||100|
|15||Graded Quiz: Research||33|
|16||Argumentative Writing Assignment||100|
|16||Graded Quiz: Argument||19.5|