Composition I

Instructor: Alexander Casey

MWF 12:30pm-1:20pm

Online: Synchronous

Required Texts and Course Materials 

  • Supplementary readings will be posted on Laulima. You may print a hardcopy or bring an electronic reader to access PDF’s in class.
  • Videos/Films will be available to stream or rent online for typically $4.00 each or less.

Catalogue Course Description

ENG 100 Composition I: Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources.

Expanded Course Description

In this course, you will learn how to write in a variety of forms to better prepare you for the communicative contexts you’ll encounter both in college and the job market. You will learn to identify and effectively address an audience, to conduct research and engage with source material, and to plan and revise your writing effectively. Together, we will interrogate the argumentative structure and strategies of various texts, speeches, music videos, film, and other media. Over the course of the semester, you will be asked to complete (1) a rhetorical analysis, comparing two perspectives on a single sociopolitical issue, (2) a professional document such as a job application, scholarship essay, or renter’s application, etc., (3) a critical review of a piece of media, and (4) an extended research project analyzing the historical and societal influences of a work of art/media. In total, you will produce 5,000 words of edited prose.

Student Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  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.