Composition I

Composition I


Instructor: Amanda Huynh

Delivery: Hybrid; Synchronous Meetings on Tuesdays


Course Description


You will learn to identify and effectively address an audience, to conduct research and engage with source material, as well as planning and revision strategies. To offer you a way into these processes and to deepen your relationship to them, you will be asked to choose a major sociopolitical issue to explore in a variety of exercises (written and verbal). Issues might include intersections of identity, community, activism, joy as resistance, heritage of storytelling, and marginalized voices in America.


Required texts and materials:


I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib

Active Voices by Jeffrey Klausman (Through TopHat)


**Please wait until the first day of class to purchase these materials.


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.




Major assignments:


Annotated Bibliography, Literature Review, Research Paper, Personal Narrative


Other assignments:


Discussion posts, FlipGrid videos, and homework via TopHat platform.


The assignments and information here are subject to change.