ENG101-18: Expository Writing


August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
11:30am - 12:45pm
Callaway Center N203
Leuschen, Kathleen
Appropriate for First Year students.

Every semester. Intensive writing course that trains students in expository writing through a number of variable topics. Satisfies first-year English writing requirement.

The position of the writer is one much like a doorway—writers are the conduits between the discourses and demands of the outside world and the dreams and logic of one’s own inner landscape. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates describes the act of writing as “the art of thinking” which surpasses the mere transcription of words, sentences, paragraphs, and ideas. Writing, as Coates explains, can be and often is “a confrontation with [one’s] own innocence, [one’s] own rationalizations.” In this expository writing class, students will learn to embody writing as a personal “art of thinking” space. Students will write to explore concepts like genre, rhetoric, revision, academic discourse, and critical thinking, while further developing and honing their own methods and styles of writing. Students will achieve this through a thematic exploration of the argument, art, and affect of historic and contemporary activism in the United States. More specifically, students will engage with the words, images, and feelings of The Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter, feminism(s), and LGBTQIA activism. This focus, combined with writing and class discussions and activities, is particularly fruitful for writers because activism in itself includes multiple points of view, controversy, revision of ideas, and the need for definitive decision-making. Course assignments include a variety of informal and formal genres including digital and multimodal, and the course culminates in a revised writing portfolio of students’ observations and arguments.

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