Composition I

This course uses popular culture as a means of teaching rhetoric
and rhetorical strategies.  Popular Culture can encompass many different
aspects of every day life, and how we look at popular culture (or the lens
through which we look at it) can be very revealing.  By examining the
various means by which popular culture manages to persuade society of what is
considered normal or abnormal, writers learn subtle (and not so subtle) ways of
writing about and critiquing such normalizations.  By incorporating
traditional genre writing with the examination of multiple popular culture
artifacts, we can synthesize our findings with credible sources and envision
possibilities within our own writing.  In this class, process and practice
are emphasized simultaneously with the culture of college writing and college
in general.  This class will use the services of the Hamilton Library to
teach students how to maneuver the college research system. 

The following texts are required for this course and can be
purchased at Revolution Books:

Practical Argument

CompClass (Learning Management System) with A Writer’s Reference
with Writing in the Disciplines
, 7th ed

The Transition to College Writing 2nd Ed.