EC3 Writing Goals & Objectives

This course introduces students to basic academic writing. Students will learn how to write simple reason-giving paragraphs and a simple thesis statement. Writing will be treated as a process with opportunities for students to edit and revise their work with the help of their classmates and teacher. At the end of the course there will be an in-class test to help students review their learning and to check their progress. In addition, students will have opportunities to write more extensively by completing a number of writing tasks.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to do the following:

Goal 1: Write reason-giving paragraphs.

Objective 1.1: Read and analyse examples of reason-giving paragraphs.
Objective 1.2: Be able to identify and write the basic structural elements of paragraphs.
Objective 1.3: Be able to write simple, compound, and complex sentences.
Objective 1.4: Understand how to write paragraphs using details (examples, explanations) as support.

Goal 2: Understand that writing is a process.

Objective 2.1: Gain an awareness of different stages in the process of writing - planning (including listing and organizing ideas using graphic organizers), drafting, and proof-reading drafts.
Objective 2.2: Be able to use these stages as part of their own writing process.
Objective 2.3: Write an improved second draft by revising their writing based on teacher feedback and utilizing peer consultation offered by the Learning Assistance Center as a resource.
Objective 2.4: Students will use basic paragraph structure, such as the topic sentences, supporting ideas, and concluding sentences.

Goal 3: Write with greater clarity and accuracy.

Objective 3.1: Be able to improve their written language by receiving feedback individually and in plenary from their teacher.
Objective 3.2: Be able to practise their written language by completing language exercises, semi-controlled and fluency-writing activities and tests.

Goal 4: Write using appropriate formatting conventions.

Objective 4.1: Type / word-process their papers.
Objective 4.2: Use appropriate academic conventions such as paragraph indentation and double-spacing.

Goal 5: Write in class under test conditions.
Updated 2018.02.15