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Yifan Zhang
ENGL 131
Seattle Campus

Composition: Exposition

Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. 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 OTHER!SEEING & BEING SEEN ENGL 131 is a course consisting of reading, thinking and writing. To make it clear, it is not a course of literature, politics, social sciences or chemistry, etc., but of writing and its process. Since there is many a style of writing waiting for you in college or after graduation, you do need to form a good habit of writing from now on. Nonetheless, reading in all writing courses is found as a subject for writing. Throughout this quarter, the reading covers social, literary and historical issues. To be more specific, the students will read Michel Foucault!a French philosopher and historian, Stanley Fish!an American literary theorist, Frantz Fanon!an African French philosopher and post-colonialist, Richard Wright!an African American writer, and Edward Said-- a Palestinian American literary theorist, cultural critic, political activist, and as well as a founding figure in postcolonial theory.

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

Besides writing assignments, the class will involve readings!of course, presentations, film and group activities, etc.

Recommended preparation

It is always a good habit to start reading prior to class. If possible, read Richard Wright¨s Native Son before the due date of this reading assignment.

Class assignments and grading

The writing includes four short papers (2-3 pages each) and two major papers (5-7 pages each), besides proposals for the two major papers. The grading can be broken down into participation!30% of the final grade!and portfolio!70% of the final grade.


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 Yifan Zhang
Date: 09/15/2008