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Lauren Summers
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 an introductory composition course designed to help the development of your writing skills as you begin to participate in an academic community. Rather than using writing simply to regurgitate facts or demonstrate the �mastery� of a certain topic, you will learn to use writing as a means of questioning, understanding, and conversing with complex ideas and texts. Over the quarter, we will read a number of traditional and non-traditional literary texts, including speeches, critical essays, and a novel. Required texts will include the abridged version of Situating Inquiry and the Everyday Writer by Andrew Lunsford.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course materials will generally be taught through in-class discussion, collaborative projects, and the occasional group lecture series. Students will be expected to integrate topics discussed in class into their writing.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be assigned 4-6 short papers, 2 longer papers, and a number of weekly and in-class assignments for participation. At the end of the quarter, students will submit a final portfolio of their finished work for a final grade.

Grades are divided between 30% participation credit and 70% final portfolio.


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 Lauren Summers
Date: 12/30/2008