This portion of the course is intended to recommend the best open educational resources for an advanced writing course with a disciplinary theme, whether taught within or outside of an English department. In such an advanced writing course, the disciplinary theme provides context and motivation for instruction in writing, rather than focusing on using writing to explore disciplinary content (which can be extremely useful but is outside the scope of this document).

Furthermore, many of the sources from the following portions of this Second-Year Writing Quick Adoption Guide can be used to meet the objectives listed in this section: Media and Design (particularly the section on Reading and Analyzing Multimodal Texts), Reading in Academia, Writing in Academia, Writing as a Process, Critical Thinking, Conducting Research, and Understanding Rhetorical Situations.

Learning Objectives

This module is designed to address the following learning objectives:

  1. Identify typical disciplinary questions in a chosen field and employ or propose appropriate research strategies to address those questions

  2. Determine the appropriate scope and field-specific methods of inquiry for research questions

  3. Critically evaluate and synthesize information in ways that are appropriate to both the research questions and field expectations/conventions

  4. Employ strategies to generate ideas, to draft, to get feedback from readers, and to revise

  5. Investigate and use appropriate communication conventions for a range of genres, contexts, and media

  6. Use the work of others fairly and appropriately, including using citation practices according to the conventions of the field, genre, and medium

English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
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