English Composition II
Students will engage in argumentation and research studies. Students will learn to identify, critically read, analyze and evaluate, and write arguments using logical and rhetorical techniques. Students will construct claim-driven academic essays, synthesizing and incorporating researched sources using formal documentation. Students will demonstrate the ability to argue successfully for an academic audience, as well as employ effective tone, word choice, and sentence patterns.
Written Communication: Effective Writing
Write a multiple-page essay and supportive documents that demonstrate critical thinkingâ€”including an 6-8-page research paperâ€”that meets college-level standards for content, organization, style, grammar, mechanics, and format.
Write effective, sound, well-supported arguments using a variety of rhetorical techniques.
Manage the research and writing process effectively and show evidence of planning for research project methods and resource use.
Identify and respond effectively to a range of audiences in written feedback.
Formulate a thesis or central claim to anchor development of an argument appropriate to audience and purpose.
Identify valid issues for scholarly research.
Formulate a research question(s) that aids in exploration and analysis.
Use online research skills to locate and evaluate college-level research materials, as well as types of sources appropriate to research and writing.
Integrate appropriate outside sources into course assignments.
Use standard documentation* procedures in essays.
Recognize and avoid plagiarism.
Critical Analysis and Reasoning
Analyze readings for implied and direct meaning, and for tone, audience, and purpose.
Synthesize a variety of viewpoints to develop an argumentative stance.
Develop and analyze arguments using logic and other appropriate appeals.
Identify and avoid logical fallacies or flawed logic.