Composition I

Catalogue Course Description: ENG 100 Composition I (3)

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 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, email them at, or call them at (808) 956-6660. The English Department does not handle ENG 100 placement.

Expanded Course Description

This online, six-week course is designed to prepare you for a variety of college writing tasks as well as the writing you will do beyond the university. We will begin with the understanding that writing is a social activity. Effective writing depends not only on expressing your ideas clearly and coherently; academic and other public writing often depends on expressing your ideas as a response to others. To that end, you will research, discuss, and write about current social and political issues as part of the formal and informal writing projects that you will complete in this course.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify the purpose, audience, major claims, and kinds of evidence offered in a variety of texts;
  2. Participate in academic discourse, as well as other forms of writing, by producing text with a clear purpose and audience, supported by evidence acceptable to that audience and, when applicable, using an appropriate citation style;
  3. Develop recursive writing and researching processes, including identifying a controversy within a conversation or discourse community, conducting appropriate research, planning, drafting, critiquing, revising, and editing – taking into account written and oral feedback from the instructor and from peers;
  4. Demonstrate essential information literacy skills, including discovering subject-specific information and arguments, understanding how information and arguments are produced and evaluated in relevant academic communities, critically evaluating claims in sources, and using source material effectively in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning;
  5. Locate resources for the continued support of their development as writers; and
  6. Develop credibility by using appropriate language and diction, by effectively incorporating source material, and by portraying ideas in clear and clean prose.


  • 3 formal essays, 1800–2100 words (about 6–7 pages) each. Either an initial or final draft will be due each week.
  • Several additional homework assignments each week. These smaller assignments will typically consist of short reading responses and engagement with other students on the discussion forum.

Required text

Graff, Gerald, et al. They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings. 4th ed. W. W. Norton, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-393-63168-5.

The textbook will be available at the UH Manoa bookstore as well as from online retailers. You also have the option of purchasing the digital version.

Contact information

I welcome questions about the course. You may contact me by email at