As they undertake scholarly inquiry and produce their own arguments, students summarize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the ideas of others. Students may encounter the ideas of others in a variety of texts generated both inside and outside the classroom: print, visual, aural, oral, spatial.
Students learn accepted and ethical ways to integrate other texts into their work, rightly handling citation and adaptation.
Students use writing as a critical thinking tool.
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