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Xuan Zheng
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 class is an introductory writing course designed to adapt you to the rigors and satisfaction of academic writing. During the course we will be working collectively to understand writing as a process of inquiry that engages in critical thinking. You will learn to read, analyze and synthesize complex texts, which not only include written articles, but also interview data, visual texts such as films and pictures, and even your facebook posts. Based on the reading and thinking, you will also learn to generate successful claims that are relevant to your life and interest, and incorporate different kinds of evidence such as personal experience and field research to make an effective argument. Lastly, you will have come to understand writing as a process by doing a substantial amount of revision. Specifically, to achieve those goals you will write several short papers which lead to two major paper assignments, participate in class discussion and field research, and develop a portfolio in the end to include all your work and reflect on your journey of inquiry.

Student learning goals

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

To read, analyze, and synthesize complex texts and incorporate multiple kinds of evidence purposefully in order to generate and support writing.

To produce complex, analytic, persuasive arguments that matter in academic contexts.

To develop flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading writing.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

You will write about 6 short papers and 2 longer papers. In the end you choose and compile a portfolio that demonstrates your growth as a writer.


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 Xuan Zheng
Date: 03/24/2011