New Syllabus for Composition II

Here’s my new redesign for Composition II.  Because the catalog description for ENGL 1302 (Composition II) in Texas is this —

In this course students refine the writing, research, and reading skills introduced in English 1301. A related goal is the development of critical thinking skills. Writing assignments emphasize argumentation and persuasion. Students will also write a formal research paper.

— then I dropped any literature in this course for issues-based non-fiction, written and audio-visual.  This decision was with much thought because I *love* literature; afterall, I have a Ph.D. in it.  But this course isn’t a lit survey course (although many Comp II textbooks are lit readers); it’s an argumentative and critical thinking skills course, with the aim of writing a research paper.  Hence, my redesign that is very documentary-heavy.

This semester my Comp II students will be guinea pigs, as I try out this redesign.  I hope it works out well!  ::fingers crossed::


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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