Composition II

ENGLISH 200 (3): Advanced Composition: Writing in Relation to Community [TTR 1:30-2:45]– Amanda Christie

 Course Description:

Upon entering this class, every student identifies with a particular set of communities. As a teacher, some of the communities I identify with are academic (I am a student as a well as a teacher), some are family related (I am recently married from a family of 6), and some are pedagogical (groups of other teachers). Within this class, we will be exploring how to read and write more critically in relation to the framework of community – particularly in relation to communities and community issues that exist here in Hawai‘i. Some of these communities will be academic and career-based, as we will write in various modes across the disciplines. However, some of these communities will be connected with neighborhoods, cultural groups, and spaces in which we currently live and move. Writing in this class will both question what it means to write as part of a particular community, and how to effectively write within a given discourse community while also traveling among and between others.

Course Objectives:

1). To continually develop and refine the writing and research skills learned in English 100.

2). To discuss and cultivate advanced critical thinking, reading, and writing skills for academic and post-academic writing, with special attention to strategies applicable to particular discourse communities and disciplines.

3). To learn about ways to adapt writing to particular purposes, audiences, and rhetorical situations.

4). To conduct and synthesize scholarly research using common technologies and search techniques.

5). To develop a range of writing and revising strategies that can meet reader expectations while also fostering and maintaining individual writing approach and voice.


English 200 readings (available online on the course Laulima site)

It is highly suggested that students should have consistent access to the Internet and online technology (in order to keep up with online readings and homework assignments)