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CW R1A - Accelerated Reading and Composition

Summer 2018

This intensive, accelerated course satisfies concurrently the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement. It offers students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading, critical analysis, and composing. Readings include imaginative, expository, and argumentative texts comparable in complexity to those encountered in the lower-division curriculum. Texts are chosen to represent views and perspectives of authors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. In response to these materials, they craft numerous short pieces leading up to three to five essays—works that include elements of narration, exposition, and argument. Students write a minimum of 40 pages of prose during this semester and they compose an annotated portfolio that showcases their best work.

Note: Specialized sections are available for multilingual student writers. These sections are marked (MSW) below.

Available in 
Placement by the Analytical Writing Placement Examination
Units and Format 
6 units – Nine hours of lecture/discussion per week for 10 weeks (Session B)
Grading Option 
Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit
Reading & Composition: 1st half (Part A)





Class Number: 14361
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 10:00am - 1:00pm @ 262 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: TBA
Instructor: Donnett Flash
Section Description:
Book List:
Class Number: 16265
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 1:00pm - 4:00pm @ 106 Mulford Hall
Section Theme: Literatures of the African Diaspora
Instructor: Aparajita Nanda
Section Description:

The course material addresses the writings of the African diaspora in a broader definition of the term. It touches on specific themes and ideas from pre-colonial Nigeria to post-colonial Caribbean moving onto the “neo-colonial” New World. The course seeks to define the above terms as concepts and attitudes as exemplified in literature and films. This course focuses primarily on developing your critical thinking, reading and writing skills. It is the first in a two-course sequence that seeks to hone your techniques of expository writing. Basic rhetorical tools such as description, analysis, explanation, narration, speculation and argument are discussed enabling you to share your experiences, information and views with others.  The emphasis all along is on provocative theses, strategies of argument and competent analysis of evidence. 

Book List:

Author: Chinua Achebe  Title: Things Fall Apart, ISBN: 0-385-47454-7

Author: Jamaica Kincaid  Title: Annie John,​ ISBN: 0-374-52510-2

Author: Toni Morrison   Title: Sula  ISBN: 1-400-3343-8