Composition I

ENG 100, Section 1: Composition I
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Spring 2019 Semester

Class Time & Location: MWF 7:30 – 8:20 AM, TBD
Instructor: Jordan Luz (I prefer being called by my first name, so it’s fine if you address me as “Jordan” in-person and via e-mail)
Office Location & Phone #: KUY 223, (808) 956-3022
E-mail (preferred mode of contact)
Office Hours: Mondays, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Course Description:

The goal of English 100 is to help you develop a foundation as a writer. This course will expand on your previous knowledge of critical reading and writing techniques and help you develop rhetorical strategies for college-level composing. You will cultivate these strategies as you compose a variety of texts and expand your knowledge of genre conventions (including conventions of thesis and paragraph construction, organization, style, tone, clarity, design, mechanics, syntax, grammar, usage, and spelling). This course will introduce you to composing as a recursive process of invention, outlining, drafting, researching, revising, and editing that involves careful, rhetorical consideration of one’s audience, genre, context, and rhetorical situation. This course will also help you explore the benefits of seeing composing as a collaborative, social act that requires active participation from all members of the class. To that end, ENG 100 will include group discussions and activities, peer workshops, conferences, and peer and instructor feedback at various stages of the composing process. Finally, this course will introduce you to basic research and information literacy practices—locating and evaluating academic and online research, integrating source materials into texts, and employing citation conventions—in order to help you create effective, persuasive, and informed texts.

In total, you will have produce at least 5,000 words of finished prose.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  • Compose college-level writing, including, but not limited to, academic discourse, that achieves a specific purpose and responds adeptly to an identifiable audience.
  • Provide evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading a text in order to produce finished prose.
  • Compose an argument that makes use of source material that is relevant and credible and that is integrated in accordance with an appropriate MLA style guide.

Course Texts and Resources:
All course readings will be provided by the instructor via Laulima. No books to buy!

Course Assignments:

  • In-class work/participation
  • Laulima Discussion Posts
  • Personal Narrative Essay
  • Rhetorical Analysis Essay
  • Summary and Critical Analysis Essay
  • Proposal
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Final Research/Argument Essay & Presentation
  • Meta-Commentaries

*The completion of all assignments is mandatory in order to receive a passing grade.*

*This course description is subject to change. Please feel free to e-mail me directly if you need/want more information.

Please contact me via my UH e-mail,, if you have any questions.