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.
Welcome to English 131! The goal of this class is to teach you the skills you need to become a successful college writer. This means you will read pieces in a number of genres, learn to analyze different writing situations, and respond appropriately. As attentive readers and critical thinkers, we will decide: What is the author arguing? Who is he or she trying to convince, how and why? These reading skills will act as the foundation for developing complex arguments that matter in academic conversations. The way to become a better writer, though, is ultimately to write. In fact, you will be asked to write, revise and reflect often � at least 3 pages each week. Overall, we expect you to come to class with reading and writing prepared and to participate respectfully in classroom discussion. In return, you will gain strategies and skills that will benefit you far beyond the realm of this class and maybe even this campus. The theme of the class is Dreaming America: Language, Identity and Community. We will explore, through our readings, how the lives we actually live in the US reveal the rhetorical power of this national context, the American Dream of “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness� for all, a myth which persists in the face of American social, cultural, political and economic problems. We will come to understand that our points of view are shaped by the way that we each create our OWN vision of this culture, how we are “Dreaming America.� The course texts will, in turn, allow us to see how others “dream America� through a lens of language, identity, and community.
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