English 100 is a course dedicated to writing – and, more, specifically, the critical inquiry process that must attend the practice and production of academic writing. In English 100 we will focus on following a path of inquiry through various possible formations, including (but not limited to) literary analysis, argument, personal narrative, and reflective commentary. Our exploration of critical inquiry will be conducted through course requirements that include: assignments dealing with the rudiments of writing; class discussion; independent academic research; peer evaluation and review; extensive conferencing opportunities; the incorporation of technology; six to eight reading responses; and four formal academic essays, among other things.
The Student Learning Outcomes for English 100 require that each student learn to: compose a text to achieve a specific purpose and respond adeptly to an identifiable audience; provide evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading a text in order to produce finished prose; compose a text that makes use of source material that is relevant and reliable and that is integrated in accordance with an appropriate style guide; and compose writing that expresses the writer’s viewpoint and is supplemented by outside sources. In accordance with these objectives, this section of English 100 will work with Joseph Harris’s Rewriting (a required course text, which will be available at the UHM bookstore) to provide a communal language and understanding of the writing process. Additional texts (provided at a later date) will include six to eight academic essays and a variety of stylistic and rhetoric-focused electronic sources.