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Carol Robertson
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

Welcome to English 131!

It has been said that good readers make good writers. Our class will emphasize rhetorical reading as a key to rhetorical writing—well defined, strategic, and persuasive writing. Rhetorical reading is perceptive, analytical reading, which can define the author’s argument including underlying meanings and rhetorical strategies as well as spot the fallacies that may exist in the author’s argument.

In this context, and in a highly interactive classroom environment, we will examine the works—essays and speeches—of select “powerful persuaders” who model the characteristics of good writing and who challenge us to push our own analytical and writing skills further.

We will put these skills to practice by writing an analysis of a current or historical social or political concern and progress to the development of our own persuasive argument in two major papers—the argument essay and the research paper. As rhetorical writers, we will give great place to the practice of metacognition. Metacognition is the “awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes, esp. regarded as having a role in directing those processes.” We will build this awareness over the quarter through discussions and written reflections, culminating in the reflective component of a final portfolio.

With these accomplishments, you will be well prepared for the rigors of academic writing at the University of Washington!

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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 Carol Robertson
Date: 01/02/2014