Composition I

Course Description

In this course, you will learn how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and in a variety of 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, even, outside of them (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.

To offer you a way into these processes and to deepen your relationship to them, we will be exploring how language, writing, and other mediums can shape our identities and stories. You will be asked to choose a topic that interests you, to explore in a variety of exercises (written and verbal). You will work on researching the topic you choose. I will be there to support your efforts at each step. You will produce a research-based, persuasive paper in which you construct a conversation about the topic you’ve chosen, and you will weigh in on that conversation in informed ways.

Also, as we will be discussing identity in our class, some issues might include gender, race, sexuality, culture, etc. We’ll first explore these issues (and others) in response to short stories, films, and comics that range in genres. After exploring different modes of rhetoric, you will be telling your own story in one of these forms, and analyzing your own arguments.

In total, you will have produced at least 5,000 words of finished prose.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Discover information, understand how information is produced and valued, and use information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

Course Assignment Breakdown

  1. Participation = 10%
    • In-class Presentations = 5%
  2. Homework (posts + class annotations) = 10%
  3. Drafts, Workshops, Conferences = 10%
  4. Brainstorming Paper = 10%
  5. Annotated Bibliography + Proposal = 15%
  6. Research Paper = 20%
  7. Personal Storytelling Project + Rhetorical Justification = 20%