Composition I

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ENG 100, Section 19: Composition I (FW)
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Spring 2019 Semester

Class Time & Location: MWF 11:30-12:20, Classroom TBD

Instructor: Nicole Kurashige (please just call me by my first name, “Nicole”)
Office Location: KUY 321
E-mail (preferred mode of contact):
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 PM

Catalog Description
ENG 100 Composition I (3 credits)
“Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual, and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources. Students may not earn credit for both ENG 100 and ENG 190. Pre-placement. Freshmen only. FW.”

Note: If you are unsure whether you have been cleared for English 100, you should go to the General Education office in Bilger 104, e-mail them at, or call them at (808) 956-6660. The English Department does not handle ENG 100 placement.

Expanded Course Description
What do Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram have to do with writing? In this course, we will examine how the continued development of social media and innovative technologies is used to communicate a variety of messages. We also will look at how writing is produced within these digital spaces and how it functions rhetorically. Because the way we connect with the world around us is becoming increasingly multimodal, it is important that you, as students and writers, be able to effectively compose thoughtful arguments within these online spaces.

Through a series of informal blog posts, in-class discussions, and four formal essay assignments, you will be challenged to apply what you know about social media and pop culture to your writing to create not only entertaining, but also engaging pieces for an appropriate target audience. During this course, you will conduct research on the topics that interest you the most in order to support your ideas/claims with concrete evidence. If you so desire, for your final essay, you will be given the freedom to share and present your work using whatever format—be it digital or “traditional”—you feel would best communicate your opinions and findings.

Learning to compose writing using various multimodal platforms is a skill that will benefit you beyond the English classroom, and will be useful in your everyday lives. Writing is a process, and I, therefore, encourage you all to explore and experiment as we progress through the semester. Ultimately, the activities, discussions, and assignments completed in this course should push you to become more critical, self-aware, and reflective writers.

Last but not least, this course will only be as good as YOU, the student, decide to make it. Many lifelong friendships can be formed in classes during your undergrad years (I still have a group of friends from undergrad that I talk to on a daily basis). Make the most of every day and come to class with a good attitude and willingness to learn. You don’t have to make friends during your time here, but it wouldn’t hurt to give your classmates a pleasant greeting or words of encouragement every now and then.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
By the end of this FW course, students will be able to:

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

Access to Technology & Required Electronic Materials
In order to successfully participate in this class, you will be required to have access to reliable Internet/Wi-Fi sources and technological tools/devices (e.g. laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones, etc.). More specifically, having regular access to a tablet or laptop is necessary for your success in the class, as you will be spending a good portion of your time completing homework assignments on our class website. If you do not have a computer or laptop, there are multiple on-campus computer labs that provide access to such technology (come speak to me privately and I can direct you to them). While you are free to use your laptop and/or tablet to take notes or access our readings during class, you are also welcome to bring printed hardcopies of the materials to class (especially if you learn better by physically marking up your papers). You are responsible for downloading and/or printing out any materials posted to the course website for that day’s class. Unless otherwise noted or planned, I will not be providing you with handouts.

You are also responsible for regularly checking our class website for any updates to the course syllabus or schedule. You will need to make a free WordPress account to access this website. Furthermore, parts of our website are password protected for privacy. The URL and password for our class website will be given out during the first day. DO NOT share this password or any of the course materials posted on our website with anyone outside of our ENG 100 course.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, I also strongly suggest that you download Microsoft Word to complete your assignments, as I will only accept Word.doc or Word.docx files. A free student version of Microsoft Office, which also includes Word, is offered to all UHM students ( or If you’re having trouble with downloading Microsoft Word, please contact the UHM ITS Department for more information (808-956-8883 or If you absolutely cannot acquire Microsoft Word, you may also use Google Docs to complete your work, but please download your document to your desktop as a Microsoft Word.doc/Word.docx file and then e-mail it to me (see this YouTube tutorial for more information on how to do this). DO NOT SHARE YOUR GOOGLE DOC WITH ME.

Course Texts and Resources

Almost all reading and resource materials will be provided as PDFs or online links via the course website. You may need to purchase one book, a novel called Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse, but please hold off on buying it until we meet for the first week of class.

Your discussions on these readings and resources will be vital to your development as a writer and are also part of your class participation grade for each day. Should I feel that the class, as a collective, is not keeping up with the readings, I will begin giving pop quizzes, which will later be factored into your final grades.

Course Assignments
To pass the course, you must complete all of the following assignments:

Four Major Essays (70%)
Throughout the semester, there will be four major essay assignments to complete (10% for Essay #1: Investigative Audience Analysis, 15% for Essay #2: Rhetorical “Text” Analysis and Essay #3: Faculty Interview & Critical WID Report, and 30% for the final research essay and presentation). To pass this course, you must complete all essay assignments and receive a grade for them—there is no such thing as passing the course by “cherry-picking” and “skipping” essaysIf you “skip” an essay, you will fail the course.

Blog Posts (20%)
You will write 250 to 300 word semi-formal responses to various prompts pertaining to our class readings and/or discussions every other week. These blog posts are intended to help you explore, summarize, analyze, and synthesize course material so that these ideas may be incorporated into your major essay assignments. Individual blog posts are graded on a credit/no credit basis. These blog posts will be submitted to the class website by 11 PM every other Sunday.

Participation, Discussion Facilitation, & Attendance (10%)
As mentioned previously, your discussions on the readings and resources will be vital to your development as a writer and are also part of your class participation grade for each day. I will be keeping track of everyone’s participation in the class. I do understand, however, that we all have “off” days and may not feel like speaking in class during such a time. You are, therefore, allowed one free “pass” per week to use during discussions. For example, if you use your “pass” on Monday during a discussion, you cannot use it again for Wednesday and must speak on that day.

Your free “pass” is only applicable for large group discussions and does not extend to other in-class activities such as peer review workshops, freewrites, brainstorming sessions, small group assignments, etc. Failure to individually participate in any class activities for an entire week will result in a 2.5 point penalty to this portion of your final course grade.

Attendance is mandatory and will be a vital part of your grade.