Composition I

Composition I is one of the most important classes you will take in college. Knowing how to read and write well are life skills valued in every field: whether you’re putting together a lab report, preparing a final paper, tweeting, texting, or just sending a short email, written words are usually the first way you interact with people. This class will help you to better understand how to work with words through reading assignments, small and large group discussions, in-class writing and small homework assignments, research, and formal essays.

Note: This section of ENG 100 will deal with themes of gender and sexuality.


  1. Attendance and participation: attendance will be extremely important in this section of ENG 100. You are required to be present both physically and mentally. This means you show up to class with your work completed, you listen actively to the instructor and your classmates, and you contribute regularly to discussion.
  2. In-class work and homework: depending on the day, you may be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of the required readings and in-class discussion through daily assignments which may include (but is not limited to) group work, worksheets, blog posts, and free writing.
  3. Presentations and Papers: The major assignments for this class include a 5-7 minute formal presentation during the semester and at least three formal essays between 2-6 pages (the length and difficulty of these essays will increase throughout the semester). At least one of these assignments will require you to do research. In addition, you will be required to turn in early pieces of your research and writing (thesis, outline, annotated bibliographies, and rough drafts).

Required Texts:

  •  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson; ISBN: 978-0142425763

If you would like to purchase a style guide, you may, but it is NOT REQUIRED. Keep in mind, we will be using only MLA format in our class. Suggested guide (can be purchased online): MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th Edition.