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 participate in 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.

Our course will be themed around food—what we eat, when we eat it, and how it gets to us. Food is of course essential to our very existence, but it also reflects and informs our identities and relationships. Using the concept of food as a framework, we will touch on culture, race, and class, along with our responsibilities to our families and communities. We will read examples of food writing to explore the possibilities of audience and genre, and you will produce pieces of your own that join these important conversations. 

You will be guided through smaller, scaffolded assignments that set you up to successfully finish every project. In total, you will produce 5,000 words of finished prose.

Possible assignments include a personal essay, expository project, and research project.