About the Course

Welcome to English 108 section 005! Find a copy of our course syllabus here!

Course Description:

Welcome to your Accelerated Composition course, English 108. E108 is a three-credit course designed to enhance your skills as a critical reader, writer, and thinker. The course is intended to help develop and improve your writing process. Importantly, this means that the course views writing as a process involving multiple stages such as planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading.

The Purdue 108 course is also a community engagement course in which students and instructors partner with a local community or campus organization. Our section will be working this semester with the campus Disability Resource Center, located on the eighth (8th) floor of Young Hall.  We will be helping the center with its goal of reframing disability as culture, paying particular attention to language and representation. In the process we will also be engaging in meaningful activism around the social justice issue of Disability Rights, and of course, learning about and through writing. We will pay attention to the rhetorical situations in which language operates, espectially to genre, audience, and purpose (don’t worry if you don’t know what a “rhetorical situation” is; we will cover it in depth early in and throughout the semester), and use it to examine texts and their language. We will think critically about what language means and how it shapes thinking about identities, disabled and otherwise. You can find more information about the English 108 course on the ICaP website, http://icap.rhetorike.org/courseinfo, and more about the DRC from their website, https://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/specialized/drc/.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Demonstrate rhetorical awareness of diverse audiences, situations, and contexts
  • Compose a variety of texts in a range of forms, equaling at least 7,500-11,500 words of polished writing (or 15,000-22,000 words, including drafts)
  • Critically think about writing and rhetoric through reading, analysis, and reflection
  • Provide constructive feedback to others and incorporate feedback into their writing
  • Perform research and evaluate sources to support claims
  • Engage multiple digital technologies to compose for different purposes