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Elizabeth C Brown
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

In this course, we will read and discuss different narratives generated from Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. In particular, we will focus on how different writers have constructed and revised the story of Hurricane Katrina by paying attention to the narrative techniques writers use to communicate to their audiences. Since English 111 is a composition course designed to practice college-level writing skills, our focus on the way different narratives are constructed will be a means to discuss the way we shape, develop, and revise our own writing as well at the importance of the choices we make in the writing process.

Along with Dave Eggers' _Zeitoun_, Spike Lee's documentary _When the Levees Broke_, and Josh Neufeld's graphic novel _A.D.: After the Deluge_, possible reading material for the class might include journalistic accounts, weather reports, maps, reports, interviews, etc.

Student learning goals

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

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

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

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

General method of instruction

The class will be based around writing workshops, small group work, discussion, and the occasional mini lecture.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Over the quarter, students will be asked to write a series of shorter and longer papers that will be revised into a portfolio at the end of quarter and submitted for 70% of the final grade. Students will also be graded on participation through reading, class discussion, and group work.


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 Elizabeth C Brown
Date: 02/28/2011