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Dan Zhu
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 foundation-building composition class is to help you develop the analytical habits of mind that lead you to question assumptions, explore alternatives, anticipate opposing arguments, compare experiences, and identify the causes and consequences of ideas and theories in an academic setting. The goal is to teach writing strategies that you can carry into your other courses at the university and beyond.

The theme of the course is “Seeing and Being Seen,” and we will be examining issues regarding surveillance as well as representations of visual media (political propaganda, comics, advertisements, etc.)

Student learning goals

To read complex texts rhetorically and critically.

To understand and analyze sophisticated academic texts.

To produce solid and complex academic claims with strong argument supported by evidence.

To recognize the strengths and weaknesses in suggested texts and your own writing.

To complicate and improve your ideas through the writing process.

General method of instruction

In terms of teaching philosophy, English 131 takes a basic assumption that writing is a skill and that, like any skill, it can be improved through guided practice. In this class, you will be guided with carefully designed scaffolding practices to always make sure that you are ready for the next move.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Dan Zhu
Date: 09/24/2013