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Caitlin R Hansen
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 focus of 131 is on improving facility with and performance in academic writing, following the guidelines of the course outcomes listed below. In this section, we'll be working with writing (and film) to do with food, from a variety of genres (fiction, memoir, recipe, blog, political/persuasive non-fiction, etc.) to explore the complex relations between food and culture and the strategies the writers use to express those relations.

Student learning goals

The designated course outcomes for 100-level EWP classes are:

1. To demonstrate an awareness of the strategies that writers use in different writing contexts.

2. To read, analyze, and synthesize course 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

Class will be centered around discussion and group work.

Recommended preparation

A healthy appetite for food and for writing. The only required text will be a course pack.

Class assignments and grading

Two writing sequences consisting of 3-4 short papers (2-3pp) and 1 longer paper (5-7pp) each (for a total of 8-10 papers), of which 4 will eventually be revised for the portfolio. The class may also include electronic discussion postings (GoPost), Peer Review, presentations, group work, etc. Be prepared to attend a restaurant (any restaurant) once, and to bring in food to class to share once.

70% of the course grade is based on a compiled portfolio of revised work consisting of 3 short papers and one longer papers. All assigned work must be completed in order for the portfolio to be eligible for evaluation. The last two weeks of the quarter are spent revising. The other 25% is class participation.


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 Caitlin R Hansen
Date: 06/07/2012