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Traynor F Iii Hansen
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

The primary goal of this class is to prepare you to write college-level academic papers as a primer for whatever courses of study you eventually enter. Toward that end, the real subject of this class is your own writing, more than it is any of the literary subjects with which we engage ourselves.

The secondary goal is to introduce you to the formal study of literature, a field in which--since you have opted to enroll in 111 rather than 131--I assume you have some interest. Keep in mind the construction of the previous sentence: the aim is not to familiarize you with certain practices of reading, but to build a set of skills required for the study of literature, and for writing cogent arguments. Think of the literature we will read as a field of engagement on which we practice our compositional, rhetorical, and literary skills. Be prepared to expand your notions of what constitutes a text, to do strategic and focused writing on subjects which will be sometimes familiar, and sometimes bewilderingly foreign, and above all, to write bravely, inquisitively, and often.

Student learning goals

1. To Demonstrate an Awareness of the Strategies That Writers Use in Different Writing Contexts

2. To Read, Analyze, and Synthesize Complex Texts and Incorporate Multiple Kinds of Evidence Purposefully in Order to Generate and Support Writing

3. To Produce Complex, Analytic, Persuasive Arguments That Matter in Academic Contexts

4. To Develop Flexible Strategies for Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Writing

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Be prepared to write a lot.

Class assignments and grading

Students are expected to attend class regularly with the readings completed, and should be prepared to discuss the readings as well as writing practices. Regular journal writing will also factor into the participation grade.

Participation - 30%; Final Portfolio - 70%


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 Traynor F Iii Hansen
Date: 11/04/2011