ENGL 105: Composition & Rhetoric

ENGL 105 is the first-year writing seminar required of all UNC-Chapel Hill students. It is a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course, meaning that students analyze how varying audiences, generic conventions, and rhetorical situations effect that writing that they will produce. ENGL 105 is broken into 3 units, each covering writing in a distinct discipline. Instructors must teach Writing in the Natural Sciences and Writing in the Humanities and may choose between teaching Writing in Social Sciences or Writing in Business. Additionally, each section must incorporate some oral literary component and some digital literacy component.

I particularly emphasize the concept of “transferable skills” in my course. That is, even though a student may never have to write a literature review again, a skill like arguing with data is important in other situations, such as the job interview. Similarly, the habit of writing with concise sentence structure is integral to all writing, no matter the discipline.

Explore a sample course website, syllabus, and lesson plan below. Clicking on the website screenshot will bring you to the full range of materials prepared for that semester, including powerpoints, assignment sequences, and a course schedule.

Sample Course Website

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Sample Syllabus, ENGL 105: Composition & Rhetoric


Sample Lesson Plan