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Christopher John-F Martin
ENGL 131
Seattle Campus

Composition: Exposition

Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. 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'll be discussing the role of the hero in popular culture and the ways in which heroes create, or are created, through media and media interaction. Through the composition of small papers leading into major papers, we'll develop the basic tools of writing expository essays. It is an evolutionary process; here your writing will evolve.

This course is meant to challenge your thinking, reading, and writing processes, and to give you the tools necessary to adapt your style, tone, etc. to fit your goals. Not just instill in you the rules to write essays, but to give you something else that is more important--the ability to decide for one's self. You will not be regurgitating materials, but exploring arguments, developing the differing methods of engaging in rhetorical conversations with the texts, which will get you neatly to the course outcomes.

We will read works from prominent, influential writers, from differing genres, all the while thinking of what it means to be a hero and how heroism is translated (or mistranslated) through different actions or inactions socially or politically. We'll begin the course examining the term perception. Later in the course, we'll be placing these themes within the context of the real (present day) world, and ourselves.

Throughout the course of the quarter you will be developing, improving, and questioning. Everyone can learn the basics and the technique of writing English essays. When looking at your own work, I intend you to be puzzled, irritated, and perhaps even on the brink of insanity. That's okay, all writers get that way, especially heroic ones. Remember that this class is just a good beginning. I intend this class to be the first of a series of stepping stones for you all to become mature writers.

Student learning goals

Think critically about EVERYTHING.

Read critically.

Write Critically.

Compose clear, arguable claims and engage in intertextual discouse with multiple authors.

General method of instruction

Discussion based.

Recommended preparation

Read the readings; do the work.

Class assignments and grading

5-7 small papers. 3-4 pps.

2 major papers. 5-7 pps.

Revision of 1 major paper and 4 shorter papers.

Turn in a portfolio at the end of the course, comprised of all work, and the revisions chosen.


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 Christopher John-F Martin
Date: 03/26/2009