Writing 5 is the course in which you begin to integrate yourself into Dartmouth’s academic life. When you take Writing 5, no matter which section you are in, you should expect to work on college writing in ways that will help you participate in the academic conversation while contributing your own valuable ideas.
You will learn to approach reading not only for the purpose of receiving knowledge, but for the purpose of understanding, questioning, and challenging arguments. In college, you might apply this kind of critical thinking to conventional written texts such as essays, books, or poetry, but also to objects, images, performances, and even to non-visual media. You will learn to approach your own writing with what we call “rhetorical flexibility,” which means knowing different writing tools and strategies, and being able to choose the best tools and strategies to create and communicate your meaning for any given context and in different modes, such as multimodal projects, collaborative compositions, or speeches. You will be asked to demonstrate the core capabilities articulated below. These are the “outcomes” you will work towards in this course, and continue to work on in your First-year Seminar, and that you will go on to use in the rest of your college work and beyond.