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CW R4A - Reading and Composition

Spring 2021

This writing seminar satisfies 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 and composing, as well as critical analysis. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. Themes and texts chosen for each section are comparable in complexity to those encountered in the lower-division curriculum. In response to these materials, students craft several short pieces leading up to three longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Each essay is crafted as a multi-draft project, and students are guided through the process of revising and refining their writing. Students will write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during this semester.


Satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement
Units and Format 
4 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option 
Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit





Class Number: 25290
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 1:00pm - 2:00pm @ Online
Section Theme: Language, Accent, & Power
Instructor: Michelle Baptiste
Section Description:

In this course we will examine how language use—from dialect to metaphor—reflects race, culture, law, ethnicity, indigeneity, and identity in media, politics, education, and individuals’ lives. We will discuss and analyze both spoken and written language, fiction and non-fiction, alphabetic texts and (audio)visual texts. You will begin by using others' stories to reflect on your own language experience--and then broaden out into reflecting on voices in academia, ultimately closely investigating a primary source of your choice. Expect to delve deeply into the texts—reading and rereading, viewing and reviewing, as well as to revise your writing extensively—writing and rewriting as you publish in diverse genres and on various platforms.

Why does the language we speak matter? How does accent affect perception? Why is discrimination based on language often upheld by the courts? When, where, and why do language and power intersect?  How can we interrupt prejudice surrounding language?  

Book List:

Alexie, Sherman.  (2000).  Dear John Wayne.  In The Toughest Indian in the World.  Retrieved from

Kimmerer, Robin. (2013). Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge & the teachings of plants. In Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants.  Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions.

*Lippi-Green, Rosina.  (1997).  English with an accent: Language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States.  London: Routledge.  E-book available through UCB Library

Makepeace, Anne. (2000). Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis & The North American Indian. [Motion Picture].  USA: Makepeace Productions.

*Santa Ana, Otto.  (2002).  Brown tide rising: Metaphors of Latinos in contemporary American public discourse.  Austin: University of Texas Press. E-book available through UCB Library

Various diverse texts as pdfs and links on bCourses, including short stories and narrative essays

*Texts you need to borrow or buy

Class Number: 25291
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 11:00am - 12:00pm @ Online
Section Theme: Stories we Tell (about Success and Failure)
Instructor: Donnett Flash
Section Description:
Book List:

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in An American City, Matthew Desmond

Mindset: A New Pyschology of Success, Carol S. Dweck

The Craft of Revision, Donal Murray

Breathe: A Letter to my Sons, Imani Perry

Class Number: 31073
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 12:30pm - 2:00pm @ Online
Section Theme: Responding to Eco-Apocalypse
Instructor: Mary Grover
Section Description:

Responding to Eco-Apocalypse


We are now experiencing what some might call harbingers of eco-apocalypse: rampant wildfires, hurricane proliferation, crop-annihilating drought and floods, famine.  Meanwhile, political, scientific and social communities struggle to respond productively, even while vulnerable peoples suffer the brunt of climate change and its ecological fallout. What are the facts? What are the consequences of environmental depredation? What are the causes? What should we do? In this course, we will make sense of our predicament, discussing and analyzing fiction and non-fiction texts, including documentaries.  



Book List:

The Water Knife, by Paulo Bacigalupi. Paperback. ISBN: 9780804171533

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, by  Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. ISBN: 9781786580368

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein. ISBN: 1451697392