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Roderick B Overaa
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

Welcome to English 111. This course is designed to serve as an introduction to academic writing--the kind of writing you will be expected to do throughout your college career--with an emphasis on writing about literature. Academic writing differs from the type of writing most of you have done in high school in that it is based upon the process of "academic inquiry" (wherein writers make use of and enter into a "dialog" with other texts, and put forth complex, persuasive arguments on topics that matter in academic contexts). This course seeks to familiarize you with the particular demands and methodologies of academic writing, and give you an opportunity to employ the writing skills that will help you become a successful college student and writer.

To this end, you will learn to closely read and analyze complex texts, so that you may develop the ability to refer to and/or cite texts that support the claims you make in your own writing. We will examine some of the rhetorical strategies writers use to write about literature so that you may be conscious of these conventions and techniques when writing your own papers. We will also learn how to implement successful strategies for proofreading, editing, and revising written work.

This course will focus on the contemporary literary short story. We will be reading several short stories and some attendant secondary material in order to develop an understanding of the genre and the relationship between fiction and literary criticism. During the quarter you will write a series of short papers (generally 2-3 pages) and two longer papers (5-7 pages) based upon these readings, with each paper structured to help you develop the various reading and writing techniques you will need to write successfully at the college level. At the end of the quarter you will revise two of your papers (one long and one short) for grading. These papers should showcase the reading, writing, and revision skills you have developed over the quarter.

As part of the English Department's Computer Integrated Classroom (CIC) program, we will have access to technologies not available in the traditional classroom. Half of our class periods will be held in a computer lab with a local area network (LAN), where you will each have access to a computer. Using the computer, you will be able to explore the Internet and the library system, communicate with peers and conduct peer review sessions, and work with your own written assignments. With these opportunities come a few additional requirements. You will be required to provide your written work in electronic form, and this may require conversions between your home computer and our system. You will also be responsible for familiarizing yourself with several basic computer commands. If you are inexperienced with computers, you may need to spend a few hours outside of class practicing these operations.

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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 Roderick B Overaa
Date: 03/24/2009