Eng 110 - Composition I 

Fall 2012 | Writing With Art

TR 8:10-9:25 Engleman C022 (sec. 28) 

TR 9:35-10:50 Engleman C108 (sec. 30)


ENG 110 is an introduction to college-level writing. Our course this term will focus on the practice of writing with art, in several senses. First, we will focus on the art of writing academic essays – essays that do not merely report on a topic or express an opinion but that advance original claims, engage clearly and thoughfully with the ideas of other writers, and use the tools of careful, critical analysis to do so. Second, we will explore the various genres of academic writing about art, including how to write about the art of reading, how to examine the definition of visual "art," and how to evaluate and develop an original analysis of a longer work like a film. Good writing requires good reading, and we will use our readings in these areas to master the essential skills of college-level writers. By the end of the term, you should be able to not only craft well-developed paragraphs and stronger sentences but have a working vocabulary for what constitutes “good” writing in your own work and your fellow students’.             


- To become better critical readers: to learn how to read and summarize different kinds of texts, and how to analyze their major claims in one’s writing.

- To master the basic forms of essay contruction, including a familiarity with various genres of the academic essay.

- To practice and exhibit the conventions of academic prose, including the rules of academic honesty and

the tone and style appropriate to a university-level audience.

- To develop a working command over grammatical correctness, including sentence grammar and construction, English usage, and appropriate diction and clarity.

- To become familiar with the processes of peer review, including strategies of revision. 

Required Texts 

* Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say, I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, 2nd edn. (Norton,  2009) ISBN: 978-0-393-93361-1

* Richard Bullock and Francine Weinberg, The Little Seagull Handbook (Norton, 2011) ISBN: 978-0-393-91151-0

* Course Packet of Readings (download and print .pdf in Blackboard)

* A three-ring binder for course packet readings and class handouts

 © Joel Dodson 2014