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Rachel Kalamakis Arteaga
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

Public Humanities in the Pacific Northwest

What is a public intellectual? In this class, we will write for many audiences, both within and beyond the university. We will read literary texts from the Pacific Northwest region to give a local framework to our interpretive arguments. Students will create online portfolios where they will stage literary research, drafting, revision, and public engagement.

Please note that this course will be held in the CIC (Computer Integrated Classroom) in Mary Gates Hall; much of our work in class will involve digital and tech platforms for reading, writing, and peer review.

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

Seminar, workshop, discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

You will produce 6 shorter writing assignments of 2-3 pages and 2 major papers of 5-7 pages; you will also engage in a drafting process that will culminate in a final portfolio. I expect you to prepare for and participate in class sessions and conferences, complete all assignments, and reflect upon how your writing exemplifies course outcomes.


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.
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Last Update by Rachel Kalamakis Arteaga
Date: 02/25/2014