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English Composition II

English Composition II continues the study of the writing process begun in English Composition I. This course focuses on argumentation and analysis with extensive practice in writing and in depth critical thinking through the use of supplemental readings. The course culminates in the writing of an 8 to10-page original, research-based argument essay.


To be eligible to take English Composition II, a student must have received a passing grade in English Composition I (and in English Fundamentals and Reading Improvement, if required).

Pedagogical Approach

  • Inquiry-based discussions
  • Lecture Writing exercises
  • in class and out of class
  • Conferences with instructor
  • Group activities

Learning Outcomes

1.     Identify and develop content that responds to the writing task (e.g. audience and purpose);

2.     Locate, evaluate, and use information with the aid of technology (i.e. language literacy);

3.     Apply the concepts of critical thinking using logical inference and deduction (e.g. questioning, paraphrasing, cross-referencing, constructive argumentation);

4.     Engage in inquiry-driven research making use of appropriate repositories and indexes;

5.     Supply adequate resources and sufficient evidence to support topic and ideas in text 6.     Compose a documented research paper with appropriate MLA citation and language while avoiding plagiarism.


measures are designed and applied. Those measures enable students to demonstrate their understanding and attainment of course and student learning objectives (SLOs) through the successful completion of writing assignments, quizzes, and participation in class discussions. Each assignment includes a specific rubric (see, Rubrics below) that describes in detail the possible levels of achievement and the grade that may be earned. Students will be given comprehensive instructions the content and standards that must be met for the research paper. A model paper will be provided for each major written assignment including the use of MLA-style formatting throughout the final paper.   Quizzes are used to determine whether specific knowledge, skills, and competencies are being obtained consistent with the learning objectives. Quizzes are typically administered after reading assignments to provide students, as well as instructors, with a means of assessing their understanding of the content.   Class participation is a means of enabling students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material in various ways including contributing to discussions, assuming an active role in group activities, and interjecting appropriate insights in response to questions posed during lectures. Faculty observation  of student participation  is during these activities is key to gathering assessment data.

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