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Alice L Pedersen
ENGL 111
Seattle Campus

Composition: Literature

Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.

Class description

This is a college writing course.

We'll write essays - about six shorter ones, and two longer ones -- that use an awareness of audience, evidence, and argument to make persuasive claims that matter. The goal for the class is that you leave feeling prepared to write essays, reports, and analyses across the University -- and also, I hope, in your life beyond the academy.

We're also going to read the reportage-novel Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers. Eggers' text follows the events of Hurricane Katrina and the impacts on a family in New Orleans.

Student learning goals

To demonstrate an awareness of the strategies that writers use in different writing contexts.

To read, analyze, and synthesize complex texts and incorporate multiple kinds of evidence purposefully in order to generate and support writing.

To produce complex, analytic, persuasive arguments that matter in academic contexts.

To develop flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading writing.

To read Atonement as a wonderfully delicious, fun book, while also casting our critical and analytic eyes over questions such as rhetorical strategy and audience and historical context.

General method of instruction

Some lecture, some small group work. Two 1:1 conferences with the instructor over the course of the quarter.

Recommended preparation

None. If you'd like to get a head start on the text, you're welcome to start it early.

Class assignments and grading

70% = final portfolio of all the assigned writing, with selected revisions. 30% = participation.


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 Alice L Pedersen
Date: 05/04/2012