Composition I

 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
  • an awareness of the varieties of
    English, their uses and significance
  • an ability to produce writing
    appropriate to an academic context and readership.

class will emphasize analytical/argumentative writing along with
personal/experiential writing.  There
will be several required conferences.

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.


will be three longer papers.  In
addition, a selection of  drafts,
revisions, and final papers must be resubmitted in the form of a final


This a
discussion-based learning experience. 
Students will be expected to participate. 

text: Course Reader (available at Professional Image, 2633 S. King).