ENGL 131 D: Composition: Exposition

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
THO 335
Tait C Bergstrom

Syllabus Description:

The Expository Writing course is designed to help you become a more effective writer.

The ability to communicate your ideas clearly will help you regardless of what you

choose to do in the future, because no matter where you go, you will need to demonstrate

that you can think critically about a subject and then communicate the results of your

thinking to others in a way that they can understand. This skill will serve you well even

if you are never write another academic essay. Every sort of writing, from business plans

to lab reports to advertising, requires that you use a certain tone, style and set of common

conventions in order to communicate clearly and be taken seriously by your audience.

To achieve this goal, this class will guide you in the use of the following key tools in

producing good, clear writing:

     • the ability to read and analyze texts created by others

     • the ability do research and then use texts created by others in your own work

     • the ability to create a persuasive complex argument

     • the ability to effectively revise, edit and proofread your own writing

This section of Expository Writing will use mass media, in general, and comic books, in

particular as a way of guiding our class through the key tools you will need to become

an effective writer. Mass media come in all shapes and sizes and so they will give us

many different ways of thinking about how to identify differents genres and the rhetorical

strategies they use and think about them critically. Through writing, discussion and

reflection on your own personal responses to the texts we examine, you will learn how

to create complex claims about those texts. It’s important to remember as we look at

different forms of mass media that, while many of them are frequently present us with

highly disposable forms of entertainment, your writing is by no means disposable. Over

the course of the quarter, you will also have frequent opportunities to go back, revisit

your own work and think about your growth as a writer. This will mean both looking at

the big picture - argument, organization, analysis and so on - as well as paying attention

to details like grammar, spelling and word choice.

Catalog Description: 
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.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 15, 2016 - 3:30pm