ENGL 121 F: Composition: Social Issues

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
MGH 295
Lillian V Campbell

Syllabus Description:


English 121 F – Composition:  Social Issues                           Spring ‘15

Location/Time:          MGH 295: Mon/Weds 1:30 – 3:20
Instructor:                 Lillian Campbell (Call me Lilly)
Office:             Padelford B-402
Office Hours:             Mon, 11:30-1:30 or by appointment
Email:                         lcampb@uw.edu

Course Description

Welcome to English 121! In this class we will discuss, read, and write about literacy education in America, including investigation into the range of literacy sponsors in students' lives, the different kinds of literacies that are prioritized inside and outside of the classroom, and the role that families play in literacy learning. Our goal as a class will be to contextualize the challenges facing children, teachers and families involved in literacy education in the United States. In your service placements in classrooms or after-school programs, you will observe the ways that local Seattle organizations cooperate and engage with children from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of needs in creating successful learning environments. 

However, this is also an introductory writing course. Another goal is to teach you the skills you need to become a successful college writer. Thus, you will learn to evaluate different writing situations and respond appropriately. We will begin deciphering the mystery behind what makes “good” writing by being attentive readers. We will read pieces in a number of genres and decide: What is the author arguing? Who is he or she trying to convince and why? What is working in the text and what is not? At the same time, your reflections on service and in-class discussions of your experiences will serve as key texts for the class – providing you with research direction for further inquiry and a means to question, challenge, or revise our course readings. All of these texts will provide the foundation for developing complex arguments and papers that matter in academic and public conversations.

Overall, I expect you to come to class with reading and writing prepared and to participate respectfully in classroom discussion. In return, you will gain strategies and skills that will benefit you far beyond the realm of this class. Let’s get writing!

Course Texts and Materials


- Contexts for Inquiry: Without readings – the white version

- 121F Course Pack: Available at the Ave Copy Center, 4144 University Way NE

-Regular Internet Access to submit assignments and participate in online discussions

-UW Email Account

*Please check your university email accounts periodically as I will send out announcements and updates via email. Outside of office hours, email is the best way to get in touch with me. If you email me between 9am and 5pm on weekdays, I will respond to you by midnight that day. Any emails sent after 5pm or on weekends might not be answered until the next business day. When you send an e-mail, please include a salutation letting me know who you are and what specifically the e-mail is regarding (which paper, draft, class period, etc.). Like academic writing, professional emails should include context.

Recommended:Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010.


What is Service Learning?

Service-learning provides students a unique opportunity to connect coursework with life experience through public service. Offered as an integral part of many University of Washington courses, service-learning provides students an opportunity to experience theories traditionally studied within classrooms come to life, through serving with community-based organizations. Most service-learning commitments are three (or more) hours each week and require that students commit from the second week of the quarter through the last week of classes. Choosing to engage in service-learning is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your community and your ability to link your academic studies to practical, real-world experiences. The Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, located in 171 Mary Gates Hall, facilitates contacts with community-based organizations and will help you to coordinate your service-learning opportunity.


Catalog Description: 
Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. 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: 
Service Learning
Last updated: 
February 19, 2016 - 9:31am