Composition I

Writing makes a difference.

Everyday we write.
Whether we write a new status update for our Facebook accounts, compose a quick
email to a friend, think up a few new song lyrics while singing in the shower
and then jot them down later, or write an essay for a school assignment, we all
write. In this class, I want us all to see that writing is a task that we
continually use to make meaning of our world and to communicate those
newly-made meanings to others.
Connecting writings’ important purpose with the acts of reading and
writing that make up our daily lives and with our own actions for social
change, I, ultimately, desire to illustrate within this class that writing
makes a tremendous difference

Course Objectives:

  1. To continually
    develop and refine writing skills by practicing with various written forms,
    including creative journal entries, blogs, journalism articles, personal
    narratives, poems, and song lyrics.
  2. To become skilled
    in crafting the organization, content, and mechanics of the critical analysis
    and research essay forms.
  3. To cultivate
    close, careful reading skills through the analysis and discussion of various
    texts including news articles, blogs, photographs, memoirs, short stories,
    poems, song lyrics, essays, and the novel.


There are 4 Major
writing assignments including a personal narrative, a journalism article, a
critical analysis paper, and a final research paper. You will also be required
to complete a Social Action Project and several short writing responses both
inside and outside of class. All of the assignments can be revised within this
course, and included in the final portfolio for a higher grade. The aim of this
course is to focus on the progression of writing and the final grade is based
on that progression.

Course Texts & Supplies:

  1. English 1A Course Reader
    (available for
    purchase at Professional Image Printing)
  2. Composition
    Notebook for journal assignments
  3. Notebook and
    Pencil for taking notes in class