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William S. Arighi
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 course is designed to develop the skills outlined by the Expository Writing Program, including, but not limited to, audience awareness and awareness of generic conventions in writing; responsible use of sources and using research to guide inquiry; developing and providing convincing evidence for complex arguments that matter in academic contexts; prioritization strategies for revising and editing essays.

The requirements for this course will include in-class participation and several long essays, as well as some shorter written assignments that are designed to help build skills step-by-step toward the goal of writing at the university level. Students will also be required to attend peer review workshops and one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Readings for this course will be drawn from recent fiction, poetry and film from Southeast Asia, all of which will be presented in English.

Student learning goals

The Course Outcomes for all ENGL 131 courses are as follows:

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

Class assignments and grading

The grade is determined by a formula of 30% participation, 70% portfolio. Individual papers are not graded, but rather provided with feedback for revising the paper. These papers are then collected in a final portfolio, in which several papers are selected by the student as demonstrating the course outcomes. These selected papers, along with a cover letter that will narrate how each selected paper addresses the outcomes, will determine the grade of the portfolio. Participation points are based on preparation for the in-class assignments, completion of each assignment in a timely manner, and attending two conferences with the instructor over the course of the quarter.


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 William S. Arighi
Date: 11/14/2012