Project Archive: OPAL: Write What Matters

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OPAL: Write What Matters

Subject: Other Humanities & Arts

Book Language: English

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Created date: February 27, 2020

Updated date: May 10, 2022

Target Release Date: 2021-05-01


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Our primary student audience consists of students enrolled in ENGL 101 and/or ENGL 102 courses at any of Idaho’s two or four year colleges and universities. This audience also includes Idaho dual credit high school students who are enrolled in ENGL 101 and/or ENGL 102. Secondary audiences include Idaho’s GEM 1 written communication instructors as well as any instructors interested in a comprehensive guide to first-year writing.

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Write What Matter


here! GEM Guidebooks are curated collections of open educational resources


align with

the common learning outcomes maintained by Idaho’s General Education Committee

. These Open Guidebooks, once completed, will function as open rich collections of recommended OER to support instructors and students in general education courses. This GEM Guidebook—Writing and Rhetoric—addresses the first-year writing experience in Idaho. The faculty who are leading this effort

consult the

General Education Matriculation (GEM) learning outcomes for Written Communication

learning outcomes to guide recommendations for instructional materials, student models, suggested readings, learning activities, pedagogical approaches, and more. In the spirit of inclusive design, this project also prioritizes lifelong portability and accessibility for English language learners.


Section One: Use flexible writing process strategies to generate, develop, revise, edit, and proofre

Section Two: Adopt strategies and genres appropriate to the rhetorical situation.

Section Three: Use inquiry-based strategies to conduct research that explores multiple and diverse i

Section Four: Use rhetorically appropriate strategies to evaluate, represent, and respond to the ide

Section Five: Address readers’ biases and assumptions with well-developed evidence-based reasoning.

Section Six: Use appropriate conventions for integrating, citing, and documenting source materials a

Supplemental Resources

ELL Learner Resources, MLA & APA Documentation Style Guides,

Academic Integrity / Plagiarism Resources, Grammar Resources, Writing Templates, Glossary