Composition I

English 100 (020) MWF 12:30-1:20pm KUY 408 with Māhea (Cameron Māhealani Ahia) CRN 85598

Course Description

In this course, you will learn how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and in multiple forms so that you will be better prepared to identify and work across the writing contexts that you’ll encounter in your college courses and beyond (e.g., in your job). You will learn to identify and effectively address an audience, to conduct research and engage with source material, as well as planning and revision strategies. Through a series of written and verbal exercises, you will critically analyze social issues relevant to the lands and peoples of Hawai’i. To engage these processes and to deepen your relationship to them, you will choose a major sociopolitical issue that effects students here in Hawai’i. Issues might include environmental efforts, climate change, health, militarism, tourism, or Indigenous activism. In the end, you will produce a research-based persuasive paper in which you construct and weigh in on an informed conversation about the issue you’ve selected and that calls readers to respond in some way to that issue.

All texts will be free and available on-line.


  • 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 style guide.