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, want us to see 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, short video
clips and ads, essays, and the novel.

 

Assignments:

There are 4 major writing assignments including a
personal narrative, an exploratory essay, 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 100
Course Reader

(available for purchase at Professional Image
Printing)

2). Composition Notebook for journal assignments

3). Notebook and Pencil for taking notes in class