My approach to teaching writing is very pragmatic. My University Core Writing Seminar (UCWR 110) exposes students to the elements of argument as well as proper research and documentation techniques. This process begins with the critical reading, summarizing, synthesizing, and citing of source material. Students learn how to write essays (claims of fact, value, and policy) with the aid of models from their texts, essays from outside sources, and student essays. Frequent quizzes connect instructional material from the text to the actual process of writing. Discussion groups not only help students to generate ideas but also to express those ideas in written form. The five paper topics are specific in subject matter and structure in order to discourage plagiarism and to encourgage students to do the work necessary to produce a college-level paper. My goal as an instructor is to be instrumental in the process of students becoming confident writers.