Composition I

In this course, we will discuss
and practice reading and writing strategies that will help prepare you for your
coursework and research during your future years at UH. We will emphasize analysis
by figuring out how texts work, carefully considering
historical-social-political contexts of writing, identifying strategies writers
use for different audiences and purposes, questioning what may be assumed by or
left out of a text, and thinking about the ethical dimensions of writing and
research. We will be focusing on Hawai‘i texts and talking and writing about
complex social issues that are important both globally and in Hawai‘i.

Formal writing assignments will
include description, comparison, argument, analysis, and research, and will
encourage you to write critically and creatively. You will be required to do a
total of twenty polished pages of writing divided throughout the semester. Other
assignments include group presentations, reading responses, and quizzes. Class
participation in the form of active discussion will be required.

Tentative texts:

  • The Value of Hawai‘i(UH
    Press, 2010)
  • A Pocket Style Manual(Bedford/St.
    Martins, 2009)