Composition II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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ENGL-1302-DC005 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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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Dual Credit Course

Syllabus Information


Amarillo College English Dept., eds. A Rhetoric Handbook for English 1301, 1302 and 2311, 4th ed., Hayden-McNeil, 2019.




Student Performance

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:


1. Demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes. 

2. Develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution. 

3. Write in a style appropriate to audience and purpose. 

4. Read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts. 

5. Use Edited American English in academic essays. 

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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

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria

Once Upon A Time Essay 15% (Due Sunday, July 10)

Short Story Literary Analysis Essay 20% (Due Sunday, July 24)

Short Research Essay Essay 20% (Due Sunday, August 7)

Final Essay 20% (Due Tuesday, August 9)

Discussions 10%

Journals 10%

Quizzes 5%

90-100 A

80-90 B

70-80 C

60-70 D

0-59 F


Student Withdrawal Procedures: Students who wish to withdraw from a class must initiate the request with their instructor before the withdrawal deadline.

Administrative Drop Policy: Students who do not complete an assignment on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016.  The due date for this assignment is July 7.




Week 1 July 5-10



Lectures 1 and 2 "Welcome and Reviewing the Basics" and "MLA CItations"


Plagiarism Folder, A Good Thesis Statement Must, MLA Manuscript Preparation


(RH): "Writing Formal Essays in Third Person," pgs. 102-03,


Grimms “Cinderella,”

Journal DUE JULY 7

Perrault’s "Cinderella"

Essay 1: Once Upon a TIme Due: July 10

Video: A Cinderella Story



Week 2 July 11-17



Lectures 3 and 4 "Analyzing a Short Story" and "Elements of Literature Crash Course"


Rhetoric Handbook (RH): "Guidelines for Literary Analysis Paper (Without Research)


"Lusus Naturae"


"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor


"Strawberry Spring" by Stephen King



Week 3 July 18-24



Lecture 5 "Evidence"


Rhetoric Handbook: "Quoting and Paraphrasing from a short story"


"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula LeGuin


"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson


“When to Summarize, Paraphrase, and Quote" from the Writing Center of GMUUniversity

Essay 2: Short St

ory Analysis Due: July 24




Week 4 July 25-31



Lectures "Argument" and "Finding Reliable Sources


Rhetoric Handbook: "Incorporating Quotations,"


Rhetoric Handbook: "MLA Parenthetical Citations"


Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research" (Chapters 1-4)





Week 5 August 1-7



Lectures "Documentation"


Rhetoric Handbook: "Sample Works Cited Page for English 1302"


Rhetoric Handbook: "How to Paraphrase"


Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research" (Chapters 5-8)



Post Rough Draft for Peer Review: August 2


Peer Review DUE: August 5


Essay 3 :Short Research Essay Due: August 7




Week 6 August 8-9


Timed Final: DUE August 9 by 11:59 PM

"There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury


Advice For In-class Writing Handout



Scheduled dates are subject to change. AC Connect Login:


Additional Information


Please be advised that this is a college level course and may include adult subject matter.

Syllabus Created on:

07/04/22 4:33 PM

Last Edited on:

07/04/22 4:33 PM