Writing & Social Action
Everyday we write. Whether we create a new Snapcat story, compose a quick text to a friend, think up a few new song lyrics while singing in the shower and then jot them down later, or write an essay for a school assignment, we all write. In this class, I want us all to see that writing is a task that we continually use to make meaning of our world and to communicate those newly-made meanings to others. Connecting writings’ important purpose with the acts of reading and writing that make up our daily lives and with our own actions for social change, I, ultimately, want us to see within this class that writing makes a tremendous difference.
1). To continually develop and refine writing skills by practicing with various academic written forms.
2). To become skilled in crafting the organization, content, and mechanics of the critical analysis and research essay forms.
3). To cultivate close, careful reading skills through the analysis and discussion of various texts including news articles, essays, scholarship, slam poetry, ads, and local publications.
There are 5 major writing assignments including a problem-solution essay, an annotated bibliography, a journal evaluation essay, a critical analysis paper, and a final research paper. You will also be required to write several outlines, drafts, and self-reflective journals both inside and outside of class. All of the assignments can be revised within the semester. The aim of this course is to focus on the progression of writing and the final grade is based on that progression:)
Course Texts & Supplies:
1). English 100 Course Readings – all readings available online through Laulima. No need to purchase a textbook for this class.
2). Ready access to a tablet or laptop for in-class drafting, peer review, journal assignments, and taking notes in class