English II is the second in a two course sequence that continues to expand upon and refine analytical writing and critical reading skills. Students produce a series of documented essays based on a range of fiction and non-fiction sources, focusing on the challenges posed by writing longer essays and using advanced research techniques.
Course Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Write essays that identify thematic connections between and among a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts
2. Write essays that demonstrate facility with research techniques and the conventions of citation
3. Write comparative and analytical essays that support a central point
4. Write clearly, grammatically, and fluently with focus and continuity in Standard American English
5. Explicate readings in writing
6. Research and employ scholarly sources
7. Make judgments about the relevance of sources
8. Use sources ethically
Required Texts: Abcarian, Richard and Klotz, Marvin. Literature: The Human Experience. Shorter 9th ed. New York: Bedford/ St.Martin’s, 2007.
* Minimum computer requirements, per the following: http://www.raritanval.edu/distlearn/software.html
* You should also have access to information about MLA bibliographic citation format (via a grammar handbook or RVCC’s library web site).
* Multiple ways to back up your work on a computer because computer problems are not an appropriate excuse for handing a paper in late. Ask yourself this question: “ What will happen to my participation in this course if my computer goes down?” If the answer is, “I am doomed,” then you should register for a face to face section of this class instead. You need to have backup technology plans, because a down computer will not excuse you from the work in the course.
Note about Required Books:
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