This course exposes students to a number of literary and non-literary (informational/nonfiction) texts. As we explore these texts, students will gain a greater appreciation of how the written word can both amuse and enlighten. Students will engage the text not only for its ability to entertain, but also as a model whose construction, form, and function can be analyzed, offering deeper insight into the human condition and the context in which the text was created. Furthermore, each reading selection presents the opportunity for students to sharpen their comprehension skills and expand their vocabularies.

Like the upper-level classes this course is meant to prepare students for, students will analyze prose and practice writing in order to develop and communicate ideas. In addition to outside independent work, there will also be an emphasis on in-class collaborative discussion, and thus high expectations of participation and contribution on the students