Enables students to
- Employ critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, & listening skills
- Communicate effectively within different university contexts
- Ultimately adapt these literacy skills to life beyond the university
Are the kinds of writing and speaking that occur within a university:
- Scholar to Scholar (e.g., academic journals)
- Scholar/Teacher to Major (e.g., upper division classes in a major)
- Scholar/Teacher to Non-major (e.g., Rhetoric and Composition 1)
Academic Discourse Conventions
Are the "rules" for academic writing and speaking:
- General conventions: well-reasoned arguments, organized ideas and clear sentences.
- Specific conventions: particular topics, genres, and styles that are associated with each academic discipline (e.g., theology, business, chemistry). For example, theology courses may ask for reflective essays as well as thesis-support essays, marketing classes may ask for business proposals, and chemistry courses may ask for lab reports. For more information, see Writing Across the Curriculum at Marquette.
Note 1: No one is born with academic literacy. It can be learned at any stage of life.
Note 2: R/C 1 cannot teach all the conventions of every academic discipline. It can, however, help students develop critical literacy, i.e., the ability to recognize, analyze, employ, and (when necessary) interrupt discourse conventions that are appropriate for each academic context in which students find themselves.
Learning Goals and Grading Rubrics for English 1
The linked rubrics define achievement levels for the primary writing units in English 1. For Unit 5, students may revise one of their first three papers.
Updated for 2012-2013