English 131 is a foundational writing course. This section employs the theme of current events for students to learn to become better writers, critical thinkers and informed global citizens. Over the course of the quarter, students will create and revise five short (2 pg) papers and two longer (5-7 pg) papers, the second of which will be research-based. The required book for this course, Contexts for Inquiry, was developed by UW’s Expository Writing Program, and is geared toward writing improvement objectives for the student’s academic career and beyond.
Events possibly explored this quarter: (1) the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and (2) the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq/Syria.
*Students are strongly encouraged to attend a book lecture by Cornel West at Town Hall Seattle on Thu 10/9, 7:30 – 8:45pm, which takes place during normal class time. (Students can purchase $3 tickets from the instructor.) We can commute there together by bus.