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Su-Ching Wang
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

This course is designed to help first-year college students develop a portfolio of writing that reflects an ability to write papers with complex academic claims. In the student-centered classroom, you will work closely with your peers and me to acquire skills of reading literary texts, formulating logical arguments, and composing academic essays. You will be asked to engage with a specific set of literary, historical, and theoretical texts, to participate actively in class discussions, and to critically examine issues related to the topic of the course: American short stories. In ENGLISH 111, I define myself more as a facilitator than as an instructor. While you are encouraged to formulate your own argument in response to class reading and discussions, through group work and peer review sessions, we will approach difficult texts together and help one another revise academic writings in conversation with these texts.

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

Discussions and Group Work

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly in-class writing and worksheets: 10% Class participation and presentation: 20% Portfolio: 70% -- Five response papers (3 pages); three revised -- Two research papers (5-7 pages); one revised


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 Su-Ching Wang
Date: 11/11/2010