Our English 100 class is themed around rhetoric, public discourse, and place. We navigate the human experience through language—it is what binds and connects us to each other. As responsible citizens it is important to cultivate an attunement to the ways language is used and an awareness of ourselves as writers. Moreover, it is important to think critically about how language is used across different communities and places. We are all storytellers, and our stories often collide in ways that are both beautiful and messy. The assignments built into this course are designed to help us begin thinking about the ways we use language and how we enter public discourse. In the first major assignment, a Personal Narrative Essay, we will focus on language as storytelling—specifically as it relates to how our experiences have shaped the values and practices we hold today. From there, we will explore the relationship between language and the social by exploring local issues in our communities and the complexities wrapped up in those issues. This will ultimately take us to our final project—a research-driven oral presentation through which we will build upon our work on local issues by relating them to a larger social justice issue. As we navigate this semester together, let us move forward with generosity and humility—valuing the knowledge we bring to the table and looking forward to the ways we will learn from one another.
This is a “hybrid” or “blended” course—i.e., it includes both synchronous and asynchronous work. Tentatively, we will meet over Zoom, as a class, on Mondays during our scheduled class period. The rest of the course will be managed asynchronously.
We will be using the Top Hat (www.tophat.com) learning platform to support your development as readers and writers in this course. There, you will find your course readings, as well as many of the discussion questions and activities that we will be completing in class. Please note that there is a $30 textbook fee.
We will also be working with a number of excerpts from The Value of Hawaiʻi II: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Kāʻopua. Readings from The Value of Hawaiʻi II will be provided by the instructor at no extra cost.