Composition I

ENG 100-044: Composition I

Meeting days: TR 1:30-2:45pm Location: SAKAM C201

Instructor: Christina Nakyong Lee (  

Office Hours: T 9:00am-10:00am (or by appointment) 

Office Location: KUY 218  Appointment Location: KUY 218 or Zoom 


Course Description 

Introduction to the rhetorical, conceptual and stylistic demands of writing at the university level; instruction in composing processes, search strategies, and writing from sources. Students may not earn credit for both ENG 100 and 190. Pre: placement. Freshmen only. FW. 

NOTE: If you are unsure whether you have been cleared for English 100, you should go to the General Education office in Bilger 104, email them at, or call them at (808) 956-6660. The English Department does not handle ENG 100 placement.

Expanded Course Description 

What do you feel most passionately about? What change do you want to see in the world? In this class, we will be learning about different types of social justice and community issues. By the end of the course, I hope we can start to see the impact argumentative and rhetorical writing have on making a change in society. 

We will begin our class learning about how to write to a specific audience. Our first assignment will be a blog/social media post about a specific issue you feel passionately about. What type of language captures a larger audience’s attention? What about pictures? How do they work with words to tell the story? You will then create an annotated bibliography, collecting credible sources based on your passion topic and write a research proposal. Based on the annotated bibliographies, you will compose a research-based argumentative essay. Finally, for your final project, I want you to take control over your own story. We often forget that it isn’t just the textbooks that tell us about history. We are both created by and the creators of history. Write a memoir that situates you in a community or historical moment that you find is most important to you. I’ll guide you through the genre of memoir-writing. Then, write a reflection about your creative process. I want you to take control over your own learning. This final project will be self-graded. In other words, your reflection will also act as a justification for the grade you think you deserve. 

Writing is a process, and therefore we will be spending time engaging in peer review and writing workshops for your written assignments. There is, no matter what stage of writing you are in, always room for growth. As Carol Dweck states, “once we know that our abilities are capable of growth, it becomes a basic human right to live in places that create that growth, to live in places filled with ‘yet’.”

This class will be held in-person.

***This is a no-cost textbook course. I will provide for you the supplementary materials/readings as PDF in Laulima. 


Reading Responses (10%)

Drafts, workshops, presentations (10%)

Attendance & Participation (10%)

Blog post (15%) 

Annotated Bibliography + Research Proposal (15%) 

Research Paper (15%) 

Memoir (25%)