Composition I

ENGLISH 100 (35): Composition I
CRN: 83431
Tues, Thurs 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Kuykendall 407

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 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 figure out 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 polished  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 and knowing how your thinking, reading, and writing processes are integrated with how you see yourself as a thinker and scholar in the world.

Graff, Gerald and Cathy Berkenstein. They Say / I Say: The Moves Tthat Matter in Academic Writing, With Readings. Fourth Edition. W.W. Norton and Company, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-0393631685
ISBN-10: 0393631680

All other reading materials will be available as online pdf files for you to print out or annotate online.

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

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