Writing 70

This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the reading and academic writing skills necessary to meet the rigorous intellectual demands of Writing 101 and other courses at Duke. During the six-week course, we will address a variety of topics, including: reading comprehension; recognizing key ideas; creating theses; conducting research; structuring arguments; eliminating errors in grammar, mechanics, and diction; citing sources; and avoiding plagiarism.

Writing 70 Goals

Writing 70 is designed for students who seek more time and practice in reading and academic writing skills in order to meet the rigorous intellectual demands of Writing 101. Specific goals are to:

1) Introduce Writing 70 students to the intellectual culture of Duke University;

2) Provide students with the opportunity to develop the reading and academic writing skills necessary to meet the rigorous intellectual demands of Writing 101 and other courses at Duke;

3) Increase student autonomy, responsibility, and initiative with writing;

4) Foster more confidence in academic reading and writing as students move into courses where their peers will be some of the most competitive students from around our country; and

5) Cultivate an appreciation for writing as a recursive process involving substantive feedback and revision.

Learning Outcomes for Writing 70

Students who have taken Writing 70 will be able to:

1) Recognize key ideas in complex scholarly texts

2) Create a thesis on a scholarly issue

3) Participate in seminar discussions and peer reviews

4) Locate librarians and bibliographical resources within Duke’s library system

5) Conduct research under faculty direction

6) Structure an academic argument

7) Use prose that has fewer errors in grammar, mechanics, and diction

8) Integrate quotes, paraphrases and summary in writing while correctly acknowledging and citing sources