ENGL 1102/14 learning outcomes
- Reading, literary analysis and contextualization. By the end of College Composition II, students should be able to read, interpret and respond critically to literary texts, demonstrating awareness of historical, cultural and literary contexts and major genres (poetry, drama, short fiction and the novel).
- Critical thinking and writing. By the end of College Composition II, students should be able to produce a substantial research paper (at least 2100 words) that advances a clear thesis to illuminate a literary text, incorporates at least 5 secondary sources in a productive manner and maintains a distinct voice and persuasive independent claims.
- Processes of invention and revision. By the end of College Composition II, students should be able to develop and refine ideas through recursive processes (inventing, organizing, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading), demonstrating ability in logical, sustained analysis and control of style and syntax and the use of Standard English.
- Knowledge of research conventions. By the end of College Composition II, students should be able to conduct responsible library and electronic research by evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing relevant critical sources, incorporating them effectively and ethically into coherent formal writing using appropriately cited sources with proper MLA documentation.
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Rhetorical knowledge. By the end of ENGL 1102/14, students should be able to do the following:
- Understand rhetorical contexts for their writing by establishing the writer's role, the audience and the purpose of the project.
- Possess techniques for reading, writing and interpretation needed to communicate about literature.
- Approach writing as a way to think and communicate ideas to others.
Critical thinking, reading and writing. By the end of ENGL 1102/14, students should be able to do the following:
- Read and respond to various texts for purposes of interpretation, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and judgment.
- Appreciate the significance of interpreting literary works, a process that cultivates mature critical thinking.
- Demonstrate independent critical thinking and voice in writing.
- Identify, define and analyze diverse genres of literature (poetry, short fiction, drama and the novel) as well as critical analyses of these texts.
- Produce a substantial research paper, which incorporates secondary sources, that illuminates a primary text or an aspect of a primary literary text.
- Recognize the substantial literary contributions that have been made by African-American authors.
- Develop a contextual understanding of literary texts: backgrounds, histories, cultural contexts and biographies.
- Evaluate the techniques, styles and values of various authors.
- Express a sophisticated style of expression appropriate for literary analysis.
- Exhibit proficiency in the fundamentals of literary analysis: reading critically, developing a thesis or claim, and supporting the thesis or claim with sound interpretation and reasoning, relevant textual evidence and secondary source material, when warranted.
- Read actively and critically and acquire a familiarity with the basic elements of literary craftsmanship.
Processes. By the end of ENGL 1102/14, students should be able to do the following:
- Use recursive processes that include collecting information, focusing, ordering, drafting, revising and editing.
- Write literary analysis research papers using processes that include studying primary materials, choosing a topic, discovering ideas, writing a thesis and introduction, finding and integrating supporting evidence, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading.
Knowledge of research conventions and style. By the end of ENGL 1102/14, students should be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate the techniques and skills of research, integration of source material and MLA (Modern Language Association) documentation style in literary analysis and research papers.
- Use conventions of writing mechanics, usage and style to communicate effectively for the given audience, purpose and format.
- Control such surface features and syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling, and exhibit strengthened and honed editing and proofreading skills.
- Demonstrate an awareness of their patterns of errors.
- Write essays with coherent controlling ideas, essay structures and paragraphs.
- Evaluate the appropriateness of online research with respect to audience, purpose, timeliness, authority, quality and credibility; and organize and cite suitable online research into a coherent, properly documented paper.