This course is designed to help you develop your critical thinking and writing skills. Throughout the course of the semester, you will be asked to write online, at home, and in the classroom in addition to completing and discussing reading assignments. As a class, we will go over notions of utilizing writing to think and learn, and we will also think about writing for different audiences. Because writing is a process, revisions of papers will be assisted by your classmates as peer reviewers, by the class mentor, and by me in conferences.
Final grades will be determined by the successful completion of written assignments (4-5 essays (including a research project) and a separate portfolio), attendance, and class participation.
Though a number of the reading assignments will be available for you to download from our class website, there is one required textbook:
1. Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say, I Say, 2nd ed: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010. Print.
This book can be purchased (with a 10% discount) at Revolution Books, 2626 South King St. #201, Honolulu, HI 96826-3248 — Phone: 808.944.3106.