Catalogue 2017 - 2018

ENGL 270 Writing for the Web


3 cr.


Two course in English writing with grades of "C" or better.

Course Description

This course will provide students with skills to build content on websites, blogs, and social media. We’ll begin by performing rhetorical analyses of various posts and websites to examine how one determines one’s purpose, audience, focus, development, and organization for a particular post on a specific site. At first, in addition to these analyses, homework will involve posting on our class blog (using Wordpress’ “edublog” format) and creating posts such as “how-to” processes, trailers for books, or other types of posts that involve both written and visual components. By the end of the course, everyone will have developed their own website based on their interests; for example, one could create a go-to site for film reviews of superhero movies, or create a blog that describes what it’s like to be a student with ADD, present information and experience about choosing a vegan lifestyle, or a curate a site devoted to fan fiction. There are so many possibilities for students to develop both their own skills at writing and basic design and to learn how to create content about the issues that concern them.


This course satisfies one of the Writing Intensive course requirements for Arts and Sciences students.