Composition II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ENGL-1302-008 Composition II


Prerequisite: ENGL 1301

Course Description

Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


No Textbooks Required.  All information will be available in Blackboard. The use of the following book is highly recommended and can be found at the Amarillo College Bookstore.

Amarillo College English Department. A Rhetoric Handbook for English 1301 and 1302. 2nd ed., Hayden McNeil, 2019.



Regular computer access with Internet.  I highly recommend the use of googledocs.  It is free and it will save all your information for you so you will never lose it.

If you do not have a laptop, the AC Bookstore rents laptops for $65 per sixteen-week semester.

Student Performance

Course Evaluation  

Minor Grades 15%

Response Journals 15%

Research Literary Analysis 20%

Comparative Synthesis 15%

Satire Project 15%

Final Exam 20%

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.  I cannot help you if I don’t know what is going on.  I can’t allow you grace on something if I do not know what is happening.  I really can’t help you if I do not know what the problem is.  PLEASE, please communicate with me…email me…text me…give me a call, come see me during my office hours: those don’t work for you?  Make an appointment and we can have a zoom meeting at a suitable time for you.
  • Students should take note work is due weekly.
  • Please be respectful about your phone usage and airpods in class.  I would prefer you not wear airpods while class is going on.
  • Plagiarism may result in a zero on an assignment, which may fail the student for the course.
  • Attendance: Due to the short, intense nature of this course, students are expected to be logged into class at least once day.  If students do not turn in the first THREE assignments in the first three days, they will automatically be dropped at census day.

Expected Teacher Behavior:

  • At anytime you may contact me to see about your grades.
  • The best way to get ahold of me is to text me through my Remind app.  I will get try to back with you within 2 hours between the hours of 8am-10pm on weekdays and 10am-7pm on weekends. 
  • If you email me, I will get back to you within 24 hours, unless I otherwise note.
  • I will grade everything generally within 72 hours of the due date, though I usually get to them before that. (Unless I am out which may take longer)
  • If you disagree with an evaluation or would like to have it explained to you, please contact me so we can discuss during tutoring hours or some other time that is convenient for us both.


Grading Criteria

Minor Grades  At different times in the course, you will be asked to take some type of quiz or assessment of things done in class.

These assignments are due on the day it is expected.  Each week all work will be due at midnight of a specific day. It is traditionally my policy that no credit given for late assignments.  Of course, it is up to my discretion whether or not I excuse a late assignment.

Response Journals  You will be required to write at least a 150 word response to readings or viewings we have in class.  Each response will require quotes—in correct MLA style—from the text.  Each will require an outside credible web source with a correct works cited entry.  Due dates are on blackboard

Essays  You will write two essays this semester.

Literary Research Analysis You will write an analysis on two short stories by finding a commonality.  This essay will use a combination of primary and secondary sources to present an argument of your choosing.  You will also be required to use credible scholarly sources.

Comparative Synthesis You will write timed comparison on the topic of civil disobedience.  The “What Would You Do?” unit is filled with personal ethics and situations and how you would choose your outcome in them.

Satire Project By using specific elements, you will visually analyze topics presented in the pieces we read or write your own satire that humorously pokes fun at something in society that needs some kind of attention. 

Re-write Policy  Any of these major papers turned in on time that score a 69 or below can be resubmitted for a better grade.  The student must first meet with the instructor and discuss the paper, and then the work can be revised and resubmitted within a week of receiving the grade. The highest grade achievable for resubmission is a 70.

*Students are required to complete three activities in the first three days of class before the Census Date in order to stay enrolled in the class.  Students who fail to complete these assignments may be administratively dropped from the course.




Subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.  Other tasks WILL be assigned.  Not all homework is posted here.  

Activities to Complete

Week 1:

Due Dates July 7 and July 10

Due July 7

Getting to Know the Course

Introducing Yourself

Short Story Terms

Due July 10

Read One short story

Complete Response Journal #1

Week 2:

Due Dates July 14 and July 17

Due July 14

Read two short stories

Write a Response Journal #2 on One

Due July 17

Paper Assigned

Primary/Secondary Source Assessment

Get Topic Approved

Week 3:

Due Dates July 21 and July 24

Due July 21

Literary Analysis Research Paper Due

Due July 24

View Civil Disobedience Stanford Prison Experiment Video

Write a Journal Response #3

Week 4:

Due Dates July 28 and July 31

Due July 28

View Civil Disobedience Stanley Miligram Experiment Video

Read an Essay on Civil Disobedience

Write Journal Response #4 on one of these

Due July 31

Complete Timed Synthesis Essay Test

Review Satire Terms

Week 5

Due Dates August 4 and August 7

Due August 4

Read “Harrison Bergeron”

Read “An Old Man With Enormous Wings”

Complete Journal Response #5 on one of those

Due August 7

Satire Project Due

Week 6

Due Wednesday, August 10 (NOTE CHANGE IN DUE DATE)

Complete Final

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

06/23/22 8:59 PM

Last Edited on:

06/23/22 9:03 PM