English 101

English 101

In English 101: Composition and Rhetoric you will learn how people use writing to communicate effectively for all kinds of reasons. You will practice writing for different audiences—some of them academic audiences, and some audiences outside the walls of our classrooms. You will learn how to know if your writing is effective for your audience and purpose, and you'll learn how write in ways that can make change in the world. Most importantly, you will learn how writing works, so that you can use these skills in your other classes, your future career, your personal life, and in our community.

Our professors ask students to try out many different kinds of reading and writing. Different sections of English 101 have different themes—we love to teach what we love to our students! Students in English 101 might compose essays, emails, memos, reports, proposals, memes, podcasts, videos, websites…and all kinds of other texts!


Course Description:

An introduction to university-level writing, emphasizing the rhetorical approaches necessary to understand other writers' purposes, create effective writing, and develop composing processes for academic, civic, professional, and personal texts.

Course Goal:

Students become adept and confident writers in a wide range of contexts by developing meaningful writing processes and transferable knowledge about writing. Students learn how writers communicate effectively for a variety of purposes so they can participate in written conversations that matter to them and make change in the world. As students become better learners of writing, they use their new understanding of how writing works to cultivate empathy and inquiry so they can ask genuine questions and create texts that achieve their purposes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

"Students will be able to..."

  1. Analyze rhetorical situations in order to act within them.
  2. Explain the goals and values of different conversations and discourse communities (academic disciplines, civic/community, professional, personal) so students can situation or position themselves within those communities and conversations.
  3. Approach writing not merely to report or document, but to discover (and rediscover) a variety of purposes for communicating with audiences.
  4. Learn one's own position from the position of others, learn to explore other perspectives, and incorporate these understandings respectfully and accurately in their own work.
  5. Locate and evaluate (for credibility, sufficiency, timeliness, accuracy, and so on) a range of appropriate texts to read and use as sources in their writing.
  6. Develop iterative writing processes that involve using multiple revisions and feedback from readers to better accomplish purposes and convey meaning.
  7. Compose texts that consider and anticipate the effects of written communication and attend to the needs of their audience(s), including appropriate registers, attribution of sources, and tone.
  8. Assess the effectiveness of their compositions in terms of the degree to which they achieve their purpose for their intended audience(s).