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Jun Xu
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

ENGL 131 is to facilitate the transition of your study to the university level. Together, we will explore how academics read, think and write, that is, the effective and productive ways to engage with texts. More specifically, we will observe and discuss how reading, thinking and writing are synthesized and shaped, as well as reshaped by one another in academia, so that you will have the capacity to adapt you writing through adopting the writing strategies of various disciplines. The theme of this class is "Writing through Thinking of Science in Our Society." In other words, we will scrutinize how science affects our life, our perception of the world, and our environment. We will study the conceptual guideline of writing skills presented in your textbook, Acts of Inquiry, and then apply these skills to analyze the arguments of our reading materials in order to deconstruct the arguments. This process will provide us insights into not only some profound arguments about science, but also the ways in which the authors, as academics, formulate their arguments through providing reliable evidence, choosing style and tone, appealing to particular audience, and situating their arguments in specific contexts. You will also practice these skills in your writings to produce analytic, complex, and persuasive arguments that represent your own research and meditation on the effects of science in our life.

Furthermore, we will develop the strategies for revising, editing and proofreading your writings in order to make you a competent writer.

Student learning goals

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

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

In this course, you will complete two assignment sequences, course outcomes. Each assignment sequence requires you to complete a variety of shorter papers leading up to a major paper. These shorter papers will target one or more of the course outcomes at a time, help you practice these outcomes, and allow you to build toward a major paper at the end of each sequence. You will have a chance to revise each of the major papers using feedback from my written comments, peer review sessions, and writing conferences with me.


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.
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Last Update by Jun Xu
Date: 03/28/2011