The course’s general
aims are twofold: to strengthen students’ writing and to have them produce it
at a functional level consistent with the university’s expectations. The writing will primarily take the
form of shorter individual responses to a wide variety of texts. Core course elements are:
- an engaged reception of selected works
- an awareness of the varieties of English, their uses and significance
- an ability to produce writing appropriate to an academic context and readership.
This class will
emphasize analytical/argumentative writing along with personal/experiential
writing. There will be several
There are weekly
required readings, and students will be expected to respond to them in writing,
primarily in the form of short in-class essays, both argumentative/analytical
and personal/ experiential.
There will be three
longer papers. In addition, a
selection of drafts, revisions, and
final papers must be resubmitted in the form of a final portfolio.
This course relies on
a discussion-based format.
- Course Reader
(available at Professional Image, 2633 S. King).