Christopher B. Patterson
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.
English 111Q Composition: Global Short Stories
Student learning goals
Because this course fulfills a core writing credit, our research questions will be pursued in the form of academic essays, in two sequences, each sequence containing three short papers (2-3 pages) and one major paper (5-6 pages), in MLA style. We will use the readings in the book Acts of Inquiry and Elements of Style to learn how to form arguments and to utilize investigative skills for a major college essay. The course will be broken up in order to move at a challenging but manageable pace. The reading for the course will not be substantial, however, short stories are written with a great deal of purpose, nuance and subtlety. I suggest either reading every story at least two times, or just reading them very closely the first time. You will be expected to keep up with the syllabus and to be in class every meeting prepared to discuss the issues raised by the required reading.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading