Composition I

“My grandmother taught us that each lei is distinct to the place where it is made. Through gathering a variety of fern and flowers from a landscape and weaving them together, lei offer a way to see and know ʻāina (land) anew…I have been taught that storytelling, listening to peoples experiences then sharing them distilled to their essence, like gathering flowers then making lei, can help people see places and one another in new ways. Shared perspective builds common ground that can change decisions made about the places we love” –Mehana Blaich Vaughan in Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides

Welina mai kākou! Welcome to English 100 (Composition 1)! Throughout the semester, this course will involve various reading, journaling, and essay writing activities to hone and further develop your writing literacies and abilities.

This course will allow you to realize the functional purposes of writing in your everyday lives and disciplines. We will begin with an introspective take on your life as a student via a personal narrative that traces and weaves together ʻāina (place/land), moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy), and kaiāulu (the community). We will then gradually shift from this investigation of self and work outward – focusing on your connection and relationships to your family, community, society, and culture. As each level is addressed, you will have the opportunity to identify various rhetorical situations and write to meet the demands of a specific audience, community and genre. Also, you will practice: the process of writing itself (pre-writing, writing, revisions, peer reviews etc.), techniques toward researching and evaluating/citing resources/documentation, and advance your overall literary knowledge.

Some Questions to Consider:

1. Why do we write? What stories do you want tell?

2. How are we informed by writing? How does our relationship with and connection to ʻāina inform our writing?

3.What role does reading and history play in the act of writing and how?

4.Considering your career aspirations, what type of writing do you see yourself using and why?

5.What is your community and how does (and can) the work you are doing help to transform/benefit that community?

Required Text: Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides by Mehana Blaich Vaughan, 2018.