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.
This is a course about writing (and re-writing)-about reading (and re-reading) the writing of others, and responding to those texts with writing of your own. It's a course about thinking critically, organizing those thoughts, and expressing them in the best possible way for the situation. Although we'll be writing about literature, it isn't a typical literature class. Instead, we'll be using literature as a starting point to think about writing and to practice writing skills.
The work for this course revolves around Jesmyn Ward's 2011 novel Salvage the Bones. For the first few weeks of the course, we'll focus on reading in the service of writing, and we'll cover foundational writing topics: how to summarize, paraphrase, maintain cohesion, and introduce, integrate, and analyze quotations. Once we've finished reading the novel, we'll consider how Salvage the Bones represents contemporary social issues- rural poverty, race, teenage pregnancy, dogfighting, and Hurricane Katrina-in comparison with nonfiction texts (such as newspaper articles). Next, you'll work on a group project that makes an argument about the novel using a different art form. In the last two weeks, we'll turn our attention to revision.
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.
General method of instruction
Expect to read a lot, write a lot, and participate actively in every class period through small and large group activities.
Class assignments and grading