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Vincent Oliveri
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

THIS COURSE REQUIRES 20 HOURS/QUARTER OF SERVICE-LEARNING EXPERIENCE. YOU WILL WORK WITH ONE OF FOUR SCHOOLS I HAVE SELECTED FOR OUR COURSE.

Our theme is the achievement gap in K-12 public education, but keep in mind that this is, first and foremost, a composition class. You can expect to write often... about education reform and the achievement gap.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The best way to improve our writing is by writing! You will write a short paper on a weekly basis and receive feedback from me and from your peers. Most of our time in class will be used to workshop different elements of your writing.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Argumentative writing in a variety of genres. You will be expected to use library resources for research as well.

As with ALL English 121 courses, your final grade for the course will be determined by your portfolio (submitted at the end of the quarter) and your class participation. Your portfolio is worth 70% of your final grade and your class participation is worth 30%. Written assignments are not assessed for a grade during 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 Vincent Oliveri
Date: 02/29/2012