Welcome to the Introductory Composition @ Heritage University portal on MyHeritage. We are glad you have landed here. On this "public page," we will post announcements, student resources, and other important information related to our Composition Program.

Located on the traditional territory of the Yakama Nation, we are currently working to create the most dynamic, creative, and robust Composition Program in our region by transitioning toward a "translingual approach" that blends practices and values of Indigenous oratory tradition with contemporary multimodal technologies. We focus on developing what Robert Bringhurst describes as "polyhistorical" sensibilities in the interest of decolonial justice and restoration. This work is in response to the unique place of Heritage University as one of only two universities in the United States that is both a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) and an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). 



Yakmumamí Tiichám (The land of the Yakama People)

Heritage University occupies its home on the traditional lands of the Yakama People. These ancestral homelands are the Yakama, Palouse, Pisquouse, Wenatshapam, Klikatat, Klinquit, Kow- was-say-ee, Li-ay-was, Skin-pah, Wish-ham, Shyiks, Ochechotes, Kah-milt-pa, and Se-ap-cat, who today are represented by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation [Treaty of 1855] and, whose relationship with this land continues to this day. Heritage University, grounded in the vision of the two Yakama women founders, respects Indigenous peoples as traditional guardians of the lands and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories.  We offer gratitude for the land itself, for those who have stewarded it for generations, and for the opportunity to study, learn, work, and be in community on this land. We acknowledge that our University’s history, like many others, is fundamentally tied to the first colonial developments in the Yakima Valley. Finally, we respectfully acknowledge and honor past, present, and future Indigenous students who will journey through this home called Heritage University.


Heritage University Mission

Heritage University empowers a multi-cultural and inclusive student body to overcome the social, cultural, economic and geographic barriers that limit access to higher education. Rooted in the homeland of the Yakama Nation, we embrace transformational student-centered education that cultivates leadership and a commitment to the promotion of a more just society.













Here are some "general resources" to help students succeed in Introductory Composition courses (ENG 101 and ENG 102). 


The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers one of the most comprehensive set of resources for Introductory Composition classes. Here are a few shortcuts for your convenience. It's worth noting that I spent five years teaching in Purdue's ICaP program (Introductory Composition at Purdue) as a Ph.D. student.

  • Purdue OWL Landing Page: Visit the Purdue OWL landing page to survey its contents. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
  • General Writing Resources: These OWL resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading. While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organizing, and revising.
  • APA Style Guide: APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 7th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (7th ed.). These OWL resources will help you learn how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style. This section contains resources on in-text citation and the References page, as well as APA sample papers, slide presentations, and the APA classroom poster.
  • Grammar Guide: These OWL resources will help you use correct grammar in your writing. This area includes resources on grammar topics, such as count and noncount nouns, articles (a versus an), subject-verb agreement, and prepositions.
  • Mechanics Guide: These OWL resources will help you with sentence level organization and style. This area includes resources on writing issues, such as active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, and transitions.
  • Self-Editing Guide: This resource provides the user with an in-class, or self-guided, workshop that discusses self-editing your work. Editing is the final part of revision, and should be saved for before you submit your assignment.




The assessment system for the Composition Program at Heritage University encompasses all composition courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each course contains course-specific program learning outcomes (PLOs) aligned, as appropriate, to university-wide student learning outcomes and Department of Literature and Languages program learning outcomes. In effort to fulfill the mission of Heritage University and honor the homeland of the Yakama peoples on which our campus is located, it is vital that the Composition Program at Heritage University develop PLOs in the interest of decolonial justice and the preservation of tribal sovereignty. As such, our PLOs seek not only to disrupt and dismantle coloniality within higher education but also to establish Heritage University as an “education destination” for robust, Indigenized scholarly work and student accomplishment. By developing PLOs aligned to a “medicine wheel” framework as opposed to “Bloom’s taxonomy,” the Composition Program at Heritage University invests in intentional Indigenization by adopting a translingual approach to curricular integration and multicultural practice, reflected through the assessment of these PLOs.

Composition Program Learning Outcomes are organized under four rubrics:

  • Multimodal Composition Processes and Conventions [Physical]
  • Rhetorical Knowledge and Critical Thinking [Intellectual]
  • Collaboration and Advocacy [Emotional]
  • Community Engagement and Repair [Spiritual]








Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples



Indian Country Stylebook


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES-Guide to Terminology-1.pdf