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Irena A Percinkova-Patton
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

English 111 is a writing course that focuses on the production of academic arguments based on literary texts and literary criticism. This section of 111 focuses in particular on Toni Morrison's fiction. As we analyze Morrison’s novels, we will also examine our role as readers, looking at how we read and why/how texts shape us. We will consider the relevance of both the production of literature and our study of it. Our engagement will involve close reading and class discussion for the purpose of identifying and extending our responses to literary texts and learning how to read them critically. My hope is that this class will assist you in your learning the lifelong skill of how to interact critically with a “text.? In other words, how to question texts; how to read closely for meaning via formal, thematic, situational (historical/cultural) and self-reflexive considerations.

Student learning goals

1) Demonstrate an awareness of the strategies that writers use in different writing contexts.

2)Read, analyze, and synthesize complex texts and incorporate multiple kinds of evidence purposefully in order to generate and support writing.

3)Produce complex, analytic, persuasive arguments that matter in academic contexts

4)Develop flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading writing.

5)Be able to evaluate the quality of one's own writing and adapt to meet the requirements of different writing situations.

General method of instruction

This is a discussion and group-work oriented class.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

This class is a “process oriented” writing class. This means that we believe in carefully crafting multiple drafts of a paper before arriving to a final version. This quarter, in addition to shorter, written homework assignments you will be crafting three longer essays. Once you have completed all the assignments and the three sequences of assignments you will submit them for evaluation in a FINAL PORTFOLIO.

Participation: 20% Homework: 10% Paper presentation: 10% Portfolio: 60%


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 Irena A Percinkova-Patton
Date: 03/21/2012