Composition I

In this course, you will learn how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and in a variety of forms so that you will be better prepared to identify and work across the writing contexts that you’ll encounter in your college courses and, even, outside of them (e.g., in your job).

You will learn to identify and effectively address an audience, to conduct research and engage with source material, as well as planning and revision strategies. To offer you a way into these processes and to deepen your relationship to them, you will be asked to choose a major topic of your choice to explore in a variety of exercises (written and verbal). Issues may include climate change, overfishing, animal testing, homelessness, or youth mental health. You will then set to work in researching the issue you choose.

Don’t worry: I will support your efforts at each step. In the end, you will produce a research-based, persuasive paper in which you construct a conversation about the issue you’ve chosen, and you will weigh in on that conversation in informed ways, eventually calling readers to respond in a particular way to the issue. In total, you will have produced 5,000 words of finished prose.