Yasmine A Romero
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.
Who are you as a writer? How do you approach different writing situations? What writing skills or strategies would help you become more capable when facing unfamiliar writing contexts?
We will begin to explore these questions in English 131 through inquiry and analysis of a variety of texts, such as cultural and scholarly texts. We will approach reading and writing in an active and enthusiastic way, developing our writing skills through frequent writing assignments, revision, and peer review. We will learn how to communicate, in our writing, why whatever it is that we are arguing matters.
The theme of our class is identity. Groups of people, subcultures, ways of knowing who we are as writers will be investigated as we develop our writing skills. There will be four short writing assignments each of two to three pages and two major papers of five to seven pages each. Each assignment will build upon our readings in class and in-class activities, preparing us for the major papers of this class. The final portfolio will give you the opportunity to showcase your work and illustrate the effort you have made to meet the outcomes of this course.
As we work through the assignments, short and major, we will use reflection and metacognition as resources in discovering how to apply the writing strategies we learn in this class to future writing. Understanding how we write is not simply learning skills; awareness is key to making effective choices in different writing situations.
In order to best achieve our goals, every writer is expected to come prepared to class. This includes completing the reading and writing tasks before class, so that you can participate in class discussions and be productive in in-class activities. In return, you will gain writing strategies and skills that will benefit you now and in your future writing experiences.
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