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Gail Stygall
ENGL 281
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Expository Writing

Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression.

Class description

Texts: Edward R. Tufte, Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative ISBN: 97809611392123 Cheshire CN: Graphics Press

John Berger, Ways of Seeing ISBN: 97801240135152 London: Penguin

In this short, four week writing course, we will consider the relationships between text and image. Plan to write three papers, two of 4-5 pages and one longer, in which you assess the usefulness, quality, enhancement of the text and image. With a focus on one of the Tufte articles, your first paper will evaluate several particular news souces’ use of graphics, according to Tufte’s principles. In the second paper, you will consider how “art talk? enhances or detracts from your visualization of works of art. In a final, longer paper, you will choose to extend one of the other papers.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

See above

Quality of papers submitted


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 Gail Stygall
Date: 05/20/2013