ENGL 131 A6: Composition: Exposition

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:30am - 10:20am
CDH 711A
Chelsea Hernandez

Syllabus Description:

English 131: Expository Composition

Syllabus Packet


Location/Time: Condon/Startup Hall 711A

MTWTH 9:30-10:20am

Instructor: Ms. Hernandez

Email: hernanca@uw.edu

N.B. I will respond within 24 hours to emails sent between 9- 5pm M-F. I will NOT be available for student questions/emails outside these hours.

Office: Padelford B25C

Office Hours: Wednesday 11:00am-12:30 pm

Friday 3:00-5:00 pm

Or by appointment

Course Website: https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1116898


Course Description:

Welcome to English 131! In this course we will focus on developing and refining academic writing skills that will be transferable to your chosen academic field whatever it maybe. In this course we will be analyzing and evaluating different forms of expository composition through a variety of texts and media. We will be engaging in the academic work of genre and rhetorical analysis in an accessible way. This is a skills focused course rather than a content focused course. To practice the skills of critical thinking/writing and to achieve the outcomes set forth by the English department regular attendance is imperative. The assessment format of a skills focused course is different than that of a content focused course. Your grade in this course will be determined through a portfolio of student generated work and in-class participation.


Required Texts & Misc:

Writer/Thinker/Maker: Approaches to Composition, Rhetoric, and Research for the University of WA

Articles/Texts/Media posted to Canvas

Download the app Socrative and add classroom ENG131A6


Course Outcomes:

Outcome 1- Students will be able to compose strategically for a variety of audiences and contexts, both within and outside the university.

Outcome 2- Students will be able to work strategically with complex information in order to generate and support inquiry.

Outcome 3- Students will be able to craft persuasive, complex, inquiry-driven arguments that matter.

Outcome 4- Students will be able to practice composing as a recursive, collaborative process and to develop flexible strategies for revising throughout the composition process



70% of your grade will be your final portfolio. The Final Portfolio will be comprised:

  • Showcase Pieces (1-2 Revised Major Papers, 2-3 revised short assignments)
  • A Critical reflection that explains how the work included in the final portfolio demonstrates the four outcomes of the course
  • A compendium of all short assignments (SA) and major project (MP) works (you will not be able to pass this course without inclusion of all SA and MP work)

The Final Portfolio is graded holistically and will not merely be the averaging of your grades throughout the quarter. Portfolios will be collected for grading on DECEMBER 8th.


30% of your grade will come from participation in and outside the classroom. This will include:

  • Attending two mandatory one-on-one student teacher conferences
  • In class participation e.g. attendance, focus, engagement in daily activities, etc
  • Outside course participation e.g. submitting work on time, doing the readings, being prepared for class, etc.


Attendance & Excused Absences/Sick Policy:

As I have stated regular attendance is necessary to learn the skills needed to accomplish the outcomes set forth for this course. However, I do understand that there are times when class attendance is impossible. If you have a funeral, a family emergency, or you yourself are sick please contact me as soon as possible to set up a time when you can come speak to me and make up the missed lesson and homework.


Late or Missing Work:

All assignments are due on the due dates noted in the course calendar unless otherwise specified. It is your responsibility to make sure all work is turned in on time. Work that is turned in late will be returned late without written feedback. You may come receive verbal feedback by attending office hours or scheduling an appointment. It is your responsibility to make up any and all missing work. Your portfolio must include all assignments in order for it to receive a passing grade.  Consistently turning in late work will make successful completion of the portfolio nearly impossible and a diminished participation grade highly probably.

Academic Integrity:

Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is presenting someone else's ideas or writing as your own. In your writing for this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people's thoughts and writing--as long as you cite them. As a matter of policy, any student found to have plagiarized any piece of writing in this class will be immediately reported to the College of Arts and Sciences for review (EWP).



If you need accommodation of any sort, please let me know so that I can work with the UW Disability Resources for Students Office (DRS) to provide what you require. This syllabus is available in large print, as are other class materials. More information about accommodation may be found at http://www.washington.edu/students/drs/.



If you have concerns about the course or me, your instructor, please see me about these and other concerns as soon as possible. If you are not comfortable talking with me or not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact the following Expository Writing Program staff in Padelford A-11: Director Candice Rai, (206) 543-2190 or crai@uw.edu or Assistant Directors Belle Kim, bbkim@uw.edu; Sumyat Thu, smthu@uw.edu; or TJ Walker, tjwalker@uw.edu. If, after speaking with the Director or Assistant Directors of the EWP, you are still not satisfied with the response you receive, you may contact English Department Chair Brian Reed, (206) 543-2690.


Classroom and Campus Safety


Code of Conduct:

We at the English department have a zero tolerance rule for hate speech. According to the American Bar Association, hate speech is “any speech that offends, threatens, or insults groups, based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits.” While this could and does apply to many groups, one of the tenants of this course is that hate speech is a violence, and that these violences do not impact everyone equally. Rather, the force of their impacts is dependent on systems of power. Marginalized communities and people are vulnerable to and impacted by such speech in ways that groups or individuals in power are not. With this in mind, I will specify that I interpret “hate speech” to be any forms of speech that targets already vulnerable people/communities. Racism and xenophobia will not be tolerated in this course, nor

will transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, or other statements or practices that uphold white supremacy.


As we are all participants in this classroom and campus we all have a responsibility to hold ourselves accountable to an ethical code of conduct. We can do this by being aware of our words and deeds and their effects on others. There are many resources on campus that aide in creating and supporting campus and classroom safety. I have listed some of them below:

Preventing violence is everyone's responsibility. If you're concerned, tell someone.

  • Always call 911 if you or others may be in danger.
  • Call 206-685-SAFE (7233) to report non-urgent threats of violence and for referrals to UW counseling and/or safety resources. TTY or VP callers, please call through your preferred relay service.
  • Don't walk alone. Campus safety guards can walk with you on campus after dark. Call Husky NightWalk 206-685-WALK (9255).
  • Stay connected in an emergency with UW Alert. Register your mobile number to receive instant notification of campus emergencies via text and voice messaging. Sign up online at www.washington.edu/alert.

For more information visit the SafeCampus website at www.washington.edu/safecampus.

UW Counseling Center workshops include a wide range of issues including study skills, thinking about coming out, international students and culture shock, and much more. Check out available resources and workshops at: https://www.washington.edu/counseling/

The University of Washington Q Center builds and facilitates queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, trans, intersex, questioning, same-gender-loving, allies) academic and social community through education, advocacy, and support services to achieve a socially-just campus in which all people are valued. For more information, visit http://depts.washington.edu/qcenter/.

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)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:20pm