Welcome to English 101!


This course is structured to support your work on four main writing projects:

(1) a rhetorical analysis essay,

(2) a research-based persuasive essay,

(3) a remediated persuasive essay, and

(4) a personal ethnography.

For the first part of the course, we’ll work on getting comfortable with the online spaces we will use for the course, including this course website, a personalized blog, and Twitter.

We will also begin to explore and define rhetoric through rhetorical analysis as well as ways in which rhetoric is used in various academic environments. Next, we’ll move into the research aspect of the course. Here we’ll practice incorporating research into academic writing by crafting a research-based persuasive essay that will later be remediated into a digital format. The remediation process will give you a chance to think about how various modes and genres appeal to different audiences and convey information in differing ways. Finally, we’ll end the course by writing a personal ethnography. For this essay, you will conduct primary and secondary research about your academic or professional field. You’ll also conduct interviews, investigate cultural artifacts, and observe individuals and/or groups within your discipline. Your final essay may be published in a digital or multi-modal medium.

Another important aspect of this course is the midterm and final portfolio. The portfolio system is the primary means for evaluating student work in the composition program at WSU because it honors both the processes and products of writing. Your midterm portfolio will include the first two major writing assignments you have completed for the course (along with several drafts) and your final portfolio will include up to twenty-two pages of significantly revised coursework, including but not limited, to: a cover letter, each of our major essays, and several other assignments which will be announced in class. We’ll talk more about the midterm and final portfolios throughout the semester.

To help build a foundation for your larger writing projects, we’ll also complete a number of smaller assignments such as drafts, blog entries, and in-class writings. These assignments will help keep your writing muscles warm as we move toward completing  your major course projects.

For additional information on course goals, expectations, and guidelines, check out the course syllabus (see below). You should also review the course schedule. Be sure to read these documents carefully as they contain important information you’ll need to know to succeed in the course.

English 101 Course Syllabus