Feb 20, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

ENG 110 - The Autobiographical Adventure: Our Lives as Stories


Course Description: The study of autobiography and memoir is designed to help us make meaning of our lives. In this course students will read great texts that both tell compelling stories and make meaning of those stories. Students will take ideas and techniques from those texts to inspire their own stories. Readings include selections from works such as Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, Mary Karr’s The Liars Club, Luis J. Rodriguez’s La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA, James McBride’s The Color of Water, Nora Seton’s The Kitchen Congregation, and Steven King’s A Memoir on the Craft of Writing. Students will research, develop and shape their own life stories and respond to the work of others in a workshop format.


ISLOs: This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, and Personal and Professional Development.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 101.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core curriculum General Education Requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Write personal memoir pieces using techniques of fiction
  • Complete longer polished memoir pieces that are written and rewritten based on feedback from peers and instructor using standard grammar, spelling, punctuation and incorporating memoir writing techniques
  • Analyze the memoir reading selections in terms of the writing techniques of the authors.  Evaluate writing techniques expressed in the reading assignments and clarify how these techniques do or do not relate to the student’s own writing
  • Analyze and evaluate the writing of peers in order to give helpful feedback on how to improve the effectiveness of learned writing techniques     
  • Use personal experiences in their writing that lead to self-knowledge and empathy
  •  Provide helpful feedback and appropriate critiques on the effectiveness of each other’s application of memoir writing techniques

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