The aim of E110 is to help you write in interesting ways about texts and ideas that matter to you. Critics are people whose own creativity is bound up with the texts they read and watch and listen to. To write as a critic is to respond to the work of others, to place your thoughts in relation to theirs. Reading and writing, writing and reading. And.
E110 is usually set up as a seminar—that is, as a course in which a small group of students share and discuss their writing with each other. In a seminar everyone brings their work to the table. You know what everyone else is writing, and they all know your work too.
While all sections of English 110 share the same course goals, individual teachers work toward those goals in their own particular ways, centering their classes on readings and questions that they find important and engaging. And so, while the students in all sections of English 110 do similar amounts of work, the things they read and write about tend to vary from one section to the next. In my own courses, for instance, I change the texts I assign and the questions I ask students to think about every semester I teach English 110. It’s part of what makes the course exciting for me to teach. I have more to say about the focus of our work together this semester in About This Section.
You can find out more generally about English 110 and the UD Composition Program at our blog, One Hundred Ten. I hope you have a good semester in this course, that you find the work I ask you to do both challenging and fun. If you’d like to talk more with me, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or to stop by during my office hours. I look forward to working with you!