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Cuauhtemoc T. Mexica
ENGL 110
Seattle Campus

Introductory Composition

Development of writing skills: sentence strategies and paragraph structures. Expository, critical, and persuasive essay techniques based on analysis of selected readings. For Educational Opportunity Program students only, upon recommendation by the Office of Minority Affairs.

Class description

In this writing course students work closely with their peers and instructor to develop a portfolio of writing that reflects an ability to write papers with complex claims that matter in academic contexts. The readings in this class focus on both literary texts and scholarship about literature.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Socratic Method and LAN Training.

Recommended preparation

Moby Dick

Class assignments and grading

- One novel per week - Weekly written assignments - Weekly peer reviews - Weekly verifications

Assessment of student quality of performance will be based on the following areas:

Preparedness: Promptness and punctuality. Following clear and concise instructions.

Contribution: Effective individual and collaborative contribution.

Writing Portfolio: Written assignments will be assessed on the sequential improvement of quality (editing, revisions, etc.). Specifically, within two areas: for the (1) concept/idea and the (2) effective articulation of an argument.

Self-Assessment: Demonstrate effective use of reflection/analysis and creativity.

Students who effectively negotiate this class will demonstrate the following traits: dedication, trainability, resourcefulness, and independent thinking.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Cuauhtemoc T. Mexica
Date: 11/11/2011