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 class is designed to help students learn college composition skills - knowledge of audience, argumentation, research, revision, and metacognition - through reading and writing about literature. Texts will include at least one novel and one short play; writing tasks will include close readings, researched synthetic argumentation essays, and creative and reflective writings.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
A high level of independence and self-organization will be required. In-class time will tend to be a mixture of group activities, partner work, individual research, and occasional lectures or large-group discussions. In-class activities will be dependent on student preparation outside of the classroom.
Class assignments and grading
This will be a fairly rigorous class, in terms of both the expected level of thought and the amount and quality of reading and writing which will be required. Over the course of the quarter, you will produce six short essays of approximately three double-spaced pages each, along with two longer essays of approximately eight double-spaced pages each, the second of which will be an argumentative essay on a topic which you have chosen, proposed, researched, and developed for yourself. You will also have to revise at least four of these eight essays (including at least one of the longer essays) for a final portfolio which will also include a critical reflection of between three and five pages. Beyond these formal essays, you will be expected to participate via a variety of less-formal written contributions, including reviews and workshops of your peers' essays, critical reactions and definitional postings on a class discussion board, and occasional short quizzes or in-class writing assignments. Within the classroom, you will be given – and expected to take advantage of – a wide variety of other opportunities for participation, including large and small group discussions, presentations, and peer advising and collaborative research sessions.