Discrete Skills--Master List
While much of the First-Year Writing Program’s curriculum is conceptual in nature, there are many technical components to writing that students need to create a functional and effective piece of writing. This list is meant to capture discrete skills that faculty will work on with students as part of reading and writing assignments for their courses; the chart also gives faculty an idea of which courses in the program’s sequence take the greatest responsibility for teaching these skills. Discrete skills are tangible skills that have a clear beginning and a clear end--they can be taught/addressed in a single lesson. Once acquired, the skill can be applied and reused in different contexts throughout the semester, though mastery, of course, is developed over time.