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Gianna G Craig
ENGL 121
Seattle Campus

Composition: Social Issues

Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. 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

Course Theme: Environmental Stewardship

This course is first and foremost a composition course that meets the university wide requirement. We will be focusing our line of inquiry on the issue of environmentalism broadly at the beginning of the course and then on the expression of environmentalism in Seattle specifically toward the end of the course. We will use current debates and inquiries in the field of environmentalism and sustainability in order to explore conventional and effective composition techniques. This course requires a critical engagement with current issues surrounding environmentalism to explore the features of strong academic writing at the university level.

Student learning goals

The UW Expository Writing Program Outcomes are the main learning objectives for this course. More information can be found at:

Click on the link to "outcomes" to read the specific learning objectives of EWP course that fulfill the C-requirement.

The Service Learning component of this class is also very important and will enhance our academic inquiry in class. Check out the Carlson Center website for more information:

General method of instruction

Class time will be split between instruction in compositional techniques and discussion of the reading material. Our readings will come from a multitude of sources and cover a wide variety of topics, so in class we will be working to connect the ideas of each of the authors we experience.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this class, but do be advised that English 121 has a service learning component that will require you to fulfill a service commitment to a community organization for successful completion of this course. This service commitment will range between approximately 20-40 hours throughout the course of the quarter. The Carlson Center will assist you in setting up this position.

This class fulfills the UW C-requirement.

As our course theme centers on Environmentalism in Seattle, many of the available service positions for this particular section of 121 are outside working in habitat restoration, preservation or conservation or they are aimed at environmental education or stewardship in some way. These positions are at locations around the greater Seattle area and will often require you to have clothes that can get dirty or muddy as you will be working outside.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include (but are not limited to) in-class free writes, in class activities, peer review, short homework assignments including course readings, conferences, and outside service work in a community organization. As is standard for all 100-level composition classes, students will be required to complete 5-6 short papers (one of which could include a short in-class presentation), two major papers, and one portfolio in the course of the class.

Written work throughout the quarter will receive extensive comments aimed toward revisions. The final portfolio which consists of 4 revised short paper, 1 revised major paper and a cover letter reflecting on your work throughout the quarter will constitute the graded portion of your writing in this course.

Grades will be assigned according to EWP standards: 30% of the grade is based on participation throughout the quarter (including service work), and 70% of the grade is based on the quality of the final portfolio.

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 Gianna G Craig
Date: 11/12/2009