Composition I

ENG 100: Composition 1

Instructor: Wyatt Nainoa Souza

Office Location: KUY 426

Email: wyatts@hawaii.edu (best way to contact me)

Required Text:

Vaughan, Mehana Blaich, Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides, 2018. (Select sections of the book will be read.)

UH Mānoa Library: Free (link on our Laulima site)

Course Description and Goals:

“My grandmother taught us that each lei is distinct to the place where it is made. Through gathering a variety of fern and flowers from a landscape and weaving them together, lei offer a way to see and know ʻāina (land) anew…I have been taught that storytelling, listening to peoples experiences, then sharing them distilled to their essence, like gathering flowers then making lei, can help people see places and one another in new ways. Shared perspective builds common ground that can change decisions made about the places we love.” –Mehana Blaich Vaughan in Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides

Welina mai kākou! Welcome to English 100 (Composition 1)! Throughout the semester, this course will involve various reading, journaling, and essay writing activities to hone and further develop your writing literacies and abilities. This course will allow you to realize the functional purposes of writing in your everyday lives and disciplines. We will begin with an introspective take on your life as a student via a personal narrative that traces and weaves together ʻāina (place/land), moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy), and kaiāulu (the community). We will then gradually shift from this investigation of self and work outward – focusing on your connection and relationships to your family, community, society, and culture. As each level is addressed, you will have the opportunity to identify various rhetorical situations and write to meet the demands of a specific audience, community and genre. Also, you will practice: the process of writing itself (pre-writing, writing, revisions, peer reviews etc.), techniques toward researching and evaluating/citing resources/documentation and advance your overall literary knowledge.

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. Why do we write? What stories do you want to tell?
  2. How are we informed by writing? How does our relationship with and connection to ʻāina inform our writing?
  3. What role does reading and history play in the act of writing and how?
  4. Considering your career aspirations, what type of writing do you see yourself using and why?
  5. What is your community and how does (and can) the work you are doing help to   transform/benefit that community?

Writing/Class Assignments: 

1: ʻĀina (Place) Based Personal Essay

2: Visual Rhetoric Analysis Essay

3: Researched Argumentative Analysis Essay

4: Community Event Moʻolelo Essay

5: 15 Weekly Blog Posts