This list represents some of the core shared vocabulary of the CAS Writing Program‘s curriculum. Using these terms with students helps foster a common language across course sections and levels.

Rhetorical Situation

  • Audience
  • Purpose
  • Context
  • Genre
  • Mode (more applicable in WR 151/152)



  • Current situation/[common ground]/[background]
  • Research question/[problem statement] 
  • Significance
  • Claim

    Research and Information Literacy

    Functional terms for sources (BEAM/BEAT(generally not used in WR 111 or WR 112)

      • Background source
      • Exhibit/Exhibit source
      • Argument source
      • Method source/Theory source