Writing 5

Writing 5 introduces Dartmouth students to the writing process that characterizes intellectual work in the academy and in educated public discourse. Each section of Writing 5 organizes its writing assignments around challenging readings chosen by the instructor. The texts for the class also include student writing. The course focuses primarily on the writing process, emphasizing careful analysis, thoughtful questions, and strategies of effective argument.

  • For placement and enrollment policies for Writing 5, or advice on switching among Writing 5 courses during drop-add, please visit our Policies page.
  • Fall 2020 Writing 5 courses will not be published on the Registrar's timetable until August 31st, 2020. A preview of the fall 2020 descriptions is posted on our Writing 5 course descriptions page.
  • In Fall 2020, most sections of Writing 5 will be offered in the following timeslots as remote/synchronous courses: A, BL, C, D, E, F, G, J, K, and L. The newly revised schedule of timeslots can be found on the Registrar's website at: https://www.dartmouth.edu/reg/docs/class_schedule.pdf
  • Students who are taking courses remotely from off-campus during fall term and expect to have significant problems with internet access or time zone difference that will prevent them from taking other sections of Writing 5 should contact Hope Rennie (hope.rennie@dartmouth.edu), preferably before Friday, September 11 course election, to obtain instructor permission to enroll in the special section of Writing 5 that is being offered as an ARR (arrange) timeslot/synchronous course or the section that is being offered as an entirely asynchronous course.
  • We expect that most sections of Winter 2021 Writing 5 will similarly be offered as remote/synchronous courses and will be offered across a broad range of timeslots with a similar range of topics. 
  • Synchronous means that there will most likely be some meetings during the assigned timeslot in which everyone needs to meet online. 
  • Asynchronous means that there are not fixed times during the week when everyone needs to meet online to fulfill the requirements of the course.
  • ARR (Arrange) generally means that the instructor will poll the students enrolled in the course and find a time that works for everyone for any required online components.

 

Writing 5 for Prospective Tutors

 

Title: Tutoring College Writers

  • Offered in winter 2021 term only. This course is being offered as a remote/synchronous course in the ARR (Arrange) timeslot.
  • Synchronous means that there will most likely be some meetings during the assigned timeslot in which everyone needs to meet online. 
  • ARR (Arrange) generally means that the instructor will poll the students enrolled in the course and find a time that works for everyone for any required online components.

This course introduces the tradition of writing centers. Writing centers are varied organizations occupying universities and colleges (like Dartmouth), community educational spaces (like Salt Lake Community College), high schools (maybe yours!), and even professional organizations (like the US Federal Reserve). Writing centers support writers by offering mentoring, coaching, or tutoring. In this class, we will explore what writing centers do and how they shape learning, particularly in college settings. We will examine what it means to write at college, what it means to support student writers, and how writing as a practice shapes and is shaped by learning and by educational contexts. Students will explore educational theories related to writing, read about research from the field of writing studies, explore the archives of the Dartmouth Writing Center, and engage in live tutoring with fellow Dartmouth students. This course shares outcomes with all Writing 5 courses. While students will learn about, explore, and apply scholarship on learning and writing, they will also write a lot - about their own experiences as writers, about course materials, and about their own learning. Students who complete the course in good standing may be offered a position as a Peer Tutor in the Dartmouth Writing Center (aka RWIT). Permission from the instructor is required.