Fall 2023

Introduction to Academic Writing: The Right to Read and Write

Listed in: , as EDST-128  |  English, as ENGL-128


Kristina H. Reardon (Section 01)


(Offered as EDST 128 and ENGL 128) This course functions as an introduction to academic writing at Amherst College. As an intensive writing course, the main topic of the course is writing itself. Students will consider how basic literacy serves as a foundation for accessing rights, such as freedom of expression, and how it is instrumental in advocating for other rights, such as equitable participation in government, education, and culture. Students will engage with a range of sources that consider issues of access to literacy instruction as well as linguistic justice. Sources may include scholarly articles, short stories, and digital forms (such as podcasts, videos, and web texts). As they write about the right to read and write, students can expect to learn about: developing and strengthening ideas; paragraphing; building and sustaining arguments; using and citing evidence; and offering and responding to feedback. Students will explore pre-writing, drafting, and revision practices. They will have the opportunity to write low-stakes, informal assignments like journals as well as three formal papers. Students should expect a mixture of class discussion, writing exercises, and peer review during class time. They should also expect to attend one-on-one writing consultations with the professor outside of class. Ultimately, students will come together as a community of writers who support one another as they develop their own academic writing voices.

Limited to 15 students. Instructor consent required. Fall semester. Lecturer Reardon.

Pending Faculty Approval

How to handle overenrollment: Over-enrollments will be handled by the instructor.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, and revision.

EDST 128 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM BARR 102
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM BARR 102
F 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM BARR 102


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023