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Spring 2015 schedule


(Subject to change)

M         1.19                MLK Holiday—NO CLASS

W         1.21                Course Introduction

M         1.26                Academic Writing & Selecting a Topic

W         1.28                “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr

                                    “A Death on Facebook” by Kate Bolick

M         2.2                  Abstract due

                                    Evaluating and Summarizing Sources

                                     Writing an Annotated Bibliography 

W         2.4                  Analyzing Literature

M         2.9                  “The Murderer” by Ray Bradbury

W         2.11               Van Gogh, Anne Sexton & Don McLean          

M         2.16                RESEARCH DAY—NO CLASS

W         2.18                SNOW DAY--CLASS CANCELLED

M         2.23                Annotated Bibliography due

                                    "The Yellow Wallpaper" By Perkins GilmanWriting an Outline

W         2.25             Langston Hughes; Martin Luther King Jr: "I Have a Dream"; Maya Angelou

M         3.2                   Writing an Outline             

W         3.4                "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker

                                    "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by DH Lawrence

M         3.9                  Writing About Literature

W         3.11                Outline due 

                                    Shakespeare, Browning & Pablo Neruda

M         3.16-18          SPRING BREAK—NO CLASS                  

M         3.23                Writing a Rough Draft

                                    Acknowledging Sources

 W         3.25              Literary Analysis #1 due

                                   The Poems of Emily Dickinson

M         3.30                Four-page rough draft due

W         4.1                  "Swan Song" by Chuck Palahinuik   

M         4.6                  “The Cousins” by Joyce Carol Oates   

W         4.8                  RESEARCH DAY—NO CLASS

M         4.13                "I Sing the Body Electric" by Walt Whitman                             

W         4.15              "Good Country People” by Flannery O’Connor

M         4.20               5-6 page Rough draft due

W         4.22               Journal due

                                   "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway

M         4.27                  "Say Yes" by Tobias Wolfe  

                                    Extra Credit due                        

W         4.29              Cumulative Quiz

M         5.4                  Research Paper due

W         5.6                  EVALUATION WEEK NO CLASS




Grade distribution

Attendance & Participation         50 points (2 per class)

Abstract                                          75 points

Annotated Bibliography             100 points

Outline                                           100 points

Rough Drafts                                150 points (75 each)

Research Paper                              100 points

4 Quizzes                                       200 points (50 each)

Journal                                           100 points

2 Literary Analyses                     150 points (75 each)

                                                      1025 total possible points   

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COURSE DESCRIPTION   English Composition II is a continuation of English Composition I. This course emphasizes critical reading, writing, and analysis of texts with particular attention to research methods and writing. This course also provides an introduction to the study of literature and students are expected to demonstrate understanding and use of essay techniques in the form of literary analysis.


All students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate these skills and/or knowledge:

1.  Analyze, synthesize, and draw conclusions from a variety of resources through research paper.

2.   Accurately use standard citation guidelines for both parenthetical citation and a Works Cited page.

3.   Demonstrate an advanced understanding of academic writing.

4.   Exhibit critical thinking and analytical skills through writing and class discussion.

5.   Write analytically about literature and essays.


Required Materials

There is no required textbook for English Composition II; all reading materials will be copies provided by the instructor. A three-ring binder will be helpful to keep track of all these materials. Students must also have a notebook to take notes and an additional notebook for your journal assignments. If submitting an assignment electronically, please send the document as a pdf. If a student is absent when a reading assignment is given out, it is their responsibility to contact the instructor or another student to get the material.


System for Determining Final Course Grade

Students will write a 10-page research paper over the duration of the semester. An initial abstract will be submitted for approval as well as an Annotated Bibliography and an Outline. This paper and its components will be nearly 50% of the final grade. Students will receive two research days to work on this assignment and/or meet with the instructor. Please use this time wisely.

 Students will also write three 2-3 page literary analyses on works read in class. Topic for the analyses will be distributed during class.

 Each writing assignment must be written in MLA format.

 Late work will not be accepted.


Attendance Policy Students are required to attend all meetings of each class, to be in class on time, and to remain for the entire class period. Due to the importance of class attendance, all absences are recorded by the instructor; no distinction is made between “excused” and “unexcused absences.”  Students should consult the Student Handbook for more information on the attendance policy.

 Attendance and participation are crucial elements to be successful in this course. If a student misses more than six classes, they will fail. If an issue arises where you will miss class, please contact the instructor so we can work together to keep from falling behind.  Three tardies will equal one absence.

 Participation is encouraged and all viewpoints are welcome.


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