Composition I

In this course, we will discuss and practice reading and writing strategies that will help prepare you for your coursework and research during your future years at UH. We will emphasize analysis by

  • figuring out how texts work
  • carefully considering historical-social-political contexts of writing
  • identifying strategies writers use for different audiences and purposes
  • questioning what may be assumed by or left out of a text
  • thinking about the ethical dimensions of writing and research.

We will be talking and writing about complex social issues that are important both globally and in Hawai‘i, including politics of place and migration, gender identity, and the industrialization of food. We will approach these topics from the standpoint of community health and will also devote a substantial part of the semester thinking about solutions within the context of social justice.

We will also be thinking about the other kinds of knowledge and expertise we each bring to this class, and you will be encouraged to interweave personal stories, interviews, and oral sources into your writing assignments. Our readings and discussion will range from scholarly articles to poetry to fairytales to documentary films.

Formal writing assignments will include description, comparison, argument, analysis, and research, and will encourage you to write critically and creatively. We will also be practicing strategies for revising, editing, proofreading. You will be required to do a total of twenty polished pages of writing divided throughout the semester. Other assignments include group presentations, reading responses, and quizzes. Class participation in the form of active discussion will be required. All required texts will be distributed to you via Laulima or as hard copies in class.