WRITING 420 - Minor in Writing Capstone
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of WRITING 220 and a majority of course requirements for the Minor in Writing program.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class is composed of two major components, each of which supplements and informs the other. One task is the development and completion of a capstone electronic portfolio, which students initially generate in the gateway course. WRITING 420 will help students further revise and reconstitute that gateway electronic portfolio as a representation of their development as writers over time, and at the completion of the course students will present their portfolios to the Minor in Writing Assessment Committee, which will determine the extent to which they have successfully completed the Minor. While the electronic portfolio is the centerpiece of the Minor in Writing program, the centerpiece of this capstone course will be a substantial writing project of sustained complexity and depth. This capstone project presents a tremendous opportunity. It allows students to synthesize the array of skills they sought to develop when they initially pursued the Minor. It is something that will be wholly theirs — proof of the application of their passion and their precision. Because these projects are student-generated, they take a variety of forms and genres, which will be scaffolded by a set of mini-assignments, including a proposal and a detailed production plan. This production plan will also set the template for how the instructor will assess the student projects. The Minor in Writing Assessment Committee will assess performance of the program requirements, including the capstone electronic portfolio; the capstone instructor will evaluate the capstone project and class performance.

Course Requirements:

This writing-intensive class requires the generation, planning and production of a self-directed writing project of substance, as well as sustained and intellectually rich reflective writing and assessment of prior performance. Course time is divided between work on the capstone project (and several scaffolded mini-assignments) and the design and execution of the Minor in Writing capstone electronic portfolio, which will be evaluated by the Minor in Writing Assessment Committee. Classroom sessions are devoted to peer workshops, project development and portfolio strategies. As at all stages of the Minor, students must participate via the program blog so as to foster collegiality and share thoughts and skills. The semester will conclude with the delivery of the capstone project and electronic portfolio.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate enrollees in the Minor in Writing who have completed WRITING 220 with at least one semester between WRITING 220 and WRITING 420.

Class Format:

Three hours per week in small seminar format with peer workshop and multimedia and multimodal projects, and intensive in-class discussion and writing.

WRITING 420 - Minor in Writing Capstone
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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