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Alexandria S Gray
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

This course is about writing; the objective is to provide you with skills that can be transferred across disciplines. These strategies will help you develop the content, structure and style of your work in ways that are appropriate for different audiences. Writing is the transformation of ideas, observations, and evidence into a text that communicates complex and persuasive arguments. Our themes this quarter will include “commodification" and the media. We will explore traditional scholarly texts along with comics, advertisements, and videos.

Expect to write every week. There will be five short papers (2-3pgs.), two major essays (5-7pgs.) and a final portfolio assignment. The purpose of this work is to develop your ability to think about issues through writing, to discover connections and conflicts between readings, and to demonstrate that you can meaningfully orient your arguments in a larger social or cultural context. We will also work towards an understanding of how the elements of composition (including structure, language, and tone) act together to create a successful argument.

You will be asked to read, analyze and discuss texts and/or cultural artifacts in depth, and encouraged to make your own decisions about content. Class discussions, presentations, and peer review will be an important part of developing your analytical abilities. Writing is a continual process of inquiry, and revision will be a component of every assignment.

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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 Alexandria S Gray
Date: 03/21/2012