Course Description

Using the vast resources available at Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, you will learn compositional, analytical, and rhetorical techniques in order to successfully meet the challenges of college-level writing and research assignments. In particular, this course makes use of the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives of African American arts and culture to introduce you to the ways in which personal expression ultimately intersects with broader cultural and historical concerns. Through hands-on experience with letters, manuscripts, oral histories, and other materials, you will immerse yourself in processes of discovery and interpretation as well as gain writing and research skills you can apply to your other courses.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to

  • Compose texts in multiple genres, using multiple modes with attention to rhetorical situations.
  • Summarize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the ideas of others as you undertake scholarly inquiry in order produce your own arguments.
  • Practice writing as a process, recursively implementing strategies of research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection.
  • Locate and integrate archival material into writing and multimodal projects.

These outcomes have been adapted for Emory first-year writing courses from a set developed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (http://wpacouncil.org/positions/outcomes.html).