Composition I

ENGLISH 100 (21): Composition I

MWF 12:30 – 1:20 pm, Kuykendall 303

CRN: 70983


Office Hours: Wednesdays, 10-11 am or by appointment

Instructor: Amalia Bueno



Some say the writing process is a solitary one, where the writer sits at a desk and waits for inspiration to strike. But I believe writing takes place in conversation with the outside world. Whether you are taking a walk around campus, sharing good times with family and friends, or attending an inspiring community event, your mind is taking in information. This class will focus on how the world around us can be tapped as a valuable resource for good writing. We will explore your writing process and how to best utilize your learning style to produce writing that enters an academic conversation and prepares you for various types of writing.

The goals of this class include composing college-­level writing and academic discourse that achieves a specific purpose and responds to a specific audience; providing evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading to produce finished prose; and composing an argument that makes use of relevant and credible source material into an appropriate writing style. But these tasks comprise only parts to the whole. An important aspect of this class is self-awareness, of knowing how your thinking, reading, and writing processes are integrated with how you see yourself in the world and your place in it.



Graff, Gerald and Cathy Berkenstein. They say / I say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, With MLA Update, Third Edition. W.W. Norton and Company, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0393935844.



Attendance and participation is mandatory, as well as keeping current through email and Laulima. There are four major papers, meta-commentaries and peer reviews; three language exercise quizzes; in-class writing exercises, summaries and reader responses.

There is no mid-term for this course. An e-portfolio comprised of your writings and an oral presentation will serve as the final exam.



Grading is based on successful completion of the required assignments (80%), attendance and class participation (20%). All four essays must be satisfactorily completed in order to pass the class.

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