Julie L. Lester, Instructor
Office: PT 110
Office Hours: MWF, 11:30-12:30, or by appt.
This course explores a key question: How does language make meaning? Of
course this is a very complicated question that we’ll only begin to explore, but it will
guide our careful reading and consideration of how texts—our own and those of others—
are composed and constructed.
As a means of exploring our key question, you will engage in an array of
challenging, college-level reading and writing tasks. The aim is for you to become a more
skilled user and consumer of language. You should also be prepared to engage in
thoughtful, civil discussion with classmates regarding your own ideas and written work.
You will develop and demonstrate the abilities to:
Comprehend complex, college-level texts;
Identify central themes and arguments in texts while forming your own;
Discern, analyze, and critique an author’s purpose and stylistic/rhetorical choices;
Express ideas clearly and effectively;
Explore, discover, and develop your own ideas as they intersect with ideas of
others by effectively quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing;
Engage writing rhetorically through the awareness of how purpose, audience,
persona, and context, all intersect in the processes and production of a text;
Organize and write coherent essays through processes that include multiple drafts,
peer response, and flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing and proof-
Recognize and employ standard academic grammar and syntax as well as
appropriate means of documenting your work (MLA);
Explore a range of media and literacies, including computer literacy and
All students enrolled in English 1010 must have met one of the following criteria:
DSPW 0800 with a grade of C or better;
ACT English sub-score of at least 460;
A satisfactory score on a placement test administered by the U of M Testing
Further, this course must be completed with a grade of C or better before students
can count credit for English 1020.