Composition I

This section of English 100A will focus on place. We will read essays and poems about the geology, history, culture, art, and politics of places, concentrating our efforts on the places where we live, namely O`ahu. Students will write a series of essays (photographic, personal, narrative, analytical, documentary, research-oriented), and will post to our class blog each week.

Readings will include:

  • Kaia Sand’s REMEMBER TO WAVE (about the secret histories of Portland, Oregon)
  • Jill Yamasawa’s AFTERMATH, (about McKinley High School)
  • Kahuaomanoa Press’s ROUTES, (literature of TheBus)
  • as well as selected essays found on-line and in a course reader.

Course requirements will include writing approximately one essay or revision each week, posting to the class blog, and participating fervently in our discussions. There will be a strict attendance policy. Independent and group field trips on student time will include a ride on TheBus, a long walk, and a trip to a museum. Electronics are permitted in class only for the purposes of research.