Composition I

English100– Composition 1
Section 23
CRN: 82949
MWF  12:30 – 1:20 pm
Architecture Building 101A

Instructor:                    Amalia Bueno
Office Location:          Kuykendall 721
Office Hours:               Wednesdays, 2 – 4 pm or by appointment
Office Phone:              808-956-8122
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 experiences with family and friends, or attending an inspiring community event, you are absorbing information. This class will focus on how we can tap the world around us as a valuable resource to produce not only good writing but writing that matters. We will utilize your learning style and writing process to produce writing that enters an academic conversation and prepares you for various types of writing such as personal narrative, informational, persuasive and analysis essays; summaries and critical responses; researching and evaluating sources; documentation and citation to avoid plagiarism. We will focus on the processes of brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, peer review, revising, and editing.

Because the ability to articulate ideas, communicate thoughts, and share concerns is necessary to participate in academic, community and civic life, we will read and think critically. This is so we can engage with various perspectives to better argue a viewpoint. However, these tasks comprise only parts to the whole. An important aspect of this class is self awareness—of knowing how your thinking, reading, and writing processes are integrated with how you see yourself in the world and your contributions to bettering our collective environment. This class is geared toward exploring ways that show how your thinking, reading, and writing matters.


  • Craft arguments that make use of relevant and credible source materials into an appropriate writing style;
  • Provide evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading to produce 20 pages of finished prose; and
  • Compose college-level writing and academic discourse that achieves a specific purpose and responds to a specific audience;

There is no mid-term for this course. An e-portfolio comprised of the final drafts of your major writings, along with an oral presentation, will serve as your final project.


  • Graff, Gerald and Cathy Berkenstein. They say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, With Readings. Fourth Edition, W. Norton and Company, 2018.
  • Access to a computer and printer.
  • Supplementary readings will be posted online on Laulima. You are responsible for downloading, reviewing, bringing hard copies of these documents and being prepared to discuss them.
  • Loose-leaf paper, writing implements, and a folder or portfolio to organize your work.

Grades are based on fulfilling the course requirements. You must satisfactorily complete four major essays in order to pass the class. Other tiered writing assignments will supplement your research and writing skills to complete the major essays.