Composition I for Transfers

Required text:

  • Course Reader
  • Hacker: The Bedford Handbook (6th Edition)

This course aims to have students produce university-level writing and will involve discussion of notions such as style, register, fluency, and appropriacy, as well as consideration of the role and significance of Standard English, particularly within the context of the university. There will also be a substantial review of grammar.
Core course elements are

  • an engaged reception of selected works of fiction, non-fiction, and film
  • an awareness of the varieties of English, their uses and significance
  • an ability to produce writing appropriate to a particular context and readership
  • a discussion of, and practice in, Standard English for Academic Purposes.

The class will emphasize analytic and argumentative writing, but elements of creative and personal writing will also be encouraged. There will be several required conferences, and students will receive extensive instructor and peer feedback on as much of their writing as possible.

Final grades will be based on the following:

  1. two research papers (40%)
  2. weekly responses on Laulima (30%)
  3. final drafts (papers and selection of Laulima postings) in a final portfolio (20%)
  4. attendance (10%)