Composition I

ENGLISH 100 (22): Composition I
MWF 2:30 – 3:20 pm, Kuykendall 406
CRN: 80649

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. However, 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, and knowing how your thinking, reading, and writing processes are integrated with how you see yourself in the world as a scholar and a writer.

Graff, Gerald, Cathy Berkenstein and Russell Durst. They say / I say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, With Readings, Fourth Edition. W.W. Norton and Company, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-393-63168-5.

Attendance and participation are mandatory. You must have access to a computer and printer, as you will be asked to print out documents and readings that are available online. It is also necessary to keep current with email and Laulima.  There are four major essays, four minor essays, occasional quizzes, summaries, and critical responses. Additionally, an e-Portfolio and an oral presentation will serve as the final project.

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

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