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Alexandria S Gray
ENGL 111
Seattle Campus

Composition: Literature

Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. 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

We will read a diverse collection of science fiction and critical writing. Texts will include science fiction short stories, one novel, comics, and eight to twelve essays on cultural and rhetorical theory. The coursework will give you the opportunity to think about issues through writing, to discover connections or conflicts between texts and ideas, and to demonstrate you can meaningfully orient and create persuasive arguments in a social or cultural context.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of the material will be provocative, controversial, and depict graphic subject matter.

While we will study and discuss literature, this course is about writing; the objective is to provide composition skills that can be transferred across disciplines. These strategies will help develop the content, structure and style of your writing in ways appropriate for different audiences. We will work towards an understanding of how the varied rhetorical elements of composition act together to create persuasive arguments.

Authors may include James Tiptree, Jr., Ted Chiang, Ernest Cline, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis or Harlan Ellison.

*Attendance and participation are critical; if you are not prepared to show up for class four days a week, please reconsider your choice of this course.

Student learning goals

To demonstrate awareness of the strategies 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

Balance of discussion, group work, and lecture.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Expect to write every week. There will be several 2-3pg assignments and two 5-7pg essays. One sequence will be composed of a research project based upon students' own cultural interests and related to themes inspired by course texts. The final portfolio will supplemented by a series of rhetorical reflection essays.

Students will be evaluated based on a Final Portfolio of their best work and on their participation. Final portfolio and Reflection essays: 70%

Participation (class discussions, groupwork, presentations,and peer review workshops): 30%


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 Alexandria S Gray
Date: 03/04/2013