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Elizabeth Simmons-Oneill
ENGL 281
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Expository Writing

Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression.

Class description

In this course students will work individually and in groups to research Seattle communities such as Capitol Hill, the Chinatown/International District, the Central District and the Pike Market neighborhood. Instructors and UW librarians will train students in a variety of research methods, including observation, census data, local history, local and regional newspapers, web sites and interviews. Students will write in a range of genres: field notes, individual research reports, and group projects. Students will receive frequent peer and instructor feedback on their written work. Groups will present their preliminary conclusions during an in-class Research Conference. The course concludes with reflection on what students have learned and on how their writing in this class transfers to other writing occasions. The design and topic of this course accommodate a broad range of disciplinary approaches to understanding urban communities.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

While 281 has no formal prerequisite, this is an intermediate writing course, and instructors expect entering students to know how to formulate claims, integrate evidence, demonstrate awareness of audience, and structure coherent sentences, paragraphs and essays. Thus we strongly encourage students to complete a Composition course in the Interdisciplinary Writing Program or Expository Writing Program before enrolling in English 281.

Class assignments and grading


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 Elizabeth Simmons-Oneill
Date: 04/07/2014