Composition I for Transfers


How do you know what you know? How is academic knowledge created? Using such questions as the basis for formulating knowledge, we begin our work continuing to develop your ability, working from your previous academic preparation, to comprehend academic discourse, write academic arguments, and approach research as a form of personal and academic inquiry. We will focus most intensely on rhetoric in public discourse.

In this course, students will be introduced to the rhetorical, conceptual, and stylistic demands of writing at the college level and instructed in composing processes, search strategies, and composing from sources. This course also provides students with experiences in the library and on the Internet and enhances their skills in accessing and using various types of primary and secondary materials.

Course Requirements:

Class Participation and Preparation

We will write informally and discuss our analyses of short texts for rhetorical, theoretical, and linguistic features in class. We will use relevant feedback to improve all aspects of our written work. In order to develop a more cohesive learning community, we will read and discuss a novel over the first several weeks of the course. As a class, we will vote on which free book to read from a list I will provide. If people would like, we may decide to read and discuss a second book. You will receive credit by completing preliminary online discussions using google groups or a reading journal and through active participation in class discussion.

Assessed Writing

You will be assessed on the following writing tasks.

  • A resume and cover letter
  • A blog with five formal pieces of polished prose including your choice of a literary response, a personal manifesto, a description, a review, a definitional argument, a reaction, and a personal narrative
  • A rhetorical analysis
  • A research-based argumentative essay – You will also complete a one-draft research justification and annotated bibliography as part of the process.

Required Texts

This is a no textbook cost course. All texts can be accessed from Laulima.