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ENG-1062-VO01 - English Composition II

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Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Synonym: 198517
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-26-2021 to 05-10-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-15-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-28-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Martha Nichols | View Faculty Credentials
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Course Description:

An introduction to interdisciplinary writing and an opportunity to refine critical reading and writing skills. Students construct complex essays, enhance their writing skills, and experiment with a greater variety of strategies to interest, inform, and persuade. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: English Composition.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explore through reading, writing, and critical discussion a broad range of texts from a variety of genres such as memoir, travel, argument, satire, humor, and reflection.
2. Write and revise essays that demonstrate a variety of rhetorical strategies designed to meet the needs of specific audiences.
3. Develop complex positions or arguments through writing, synthesizing personal ideas with other information, arguments, and perspectives in order to support a claim and create new meaning, insight, and understanding.
4. Analyze and evaluate underlying strategies in selected works to define specific rhetorical components and evaluate their purpose and power.
5. Distinguish among opinions, facts, inferences, and persuasive approaches in primary and secondary sources.
6. Demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task, or writing goal from multiple perspectives.
7. Develop a process for getting started, developing, and structuring drafts, as well as revising toward a final product.
8. Examine and practice variations in style with an aim of developing a distinctive writing style of one's own.
9. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability and validity.
10. Identify and use key terminology related to research practices, including textual citations in MLA or APA style.
11. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question and demonstrate writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Please purchase the one textbook in time for the firstweek of class. The textbook is: Current Issues and Enduring Questions: a Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings-12th edition only - Editors Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau and the publisher is Bedford/St Martins. ISBN# 978-978-1-319-03547-1.

For grammar information see Hartness Library or an English 101 textbook.


Since this is a fully online course, teaching methods include only online instruction. Online instruction takes the form of extensive replies to all forum posts with assignments and textbook readings. In addition, the instructor corresponds with students when needed via CCV or personal email. Assignments and forums are carefully designed to elicit critical thinking and response to important concepts.

Students are strongly encouraged to use, CCV site tutors, and the Writing Center under Student Resources throughout the semester for extra help with all assignments. Librarians are also available throughout the semester via the Hartness Library and the embedded librarian for the course for all questions related to research.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation of all work will be on a points available basis that can be viewed in the course Gradebook by all students throughout the semester.

Specific Information for evaluation of of all essays may be found under the CCV Writing Rubric for research papers found under the first module for this course. You will want to refer to this throughout the semester.

1. Each week's writing/reading assignments are assigned 12 points. Students earn 12 points for fully completing all of those assignments, which can be found under the Forum for each week. Up to 100 points are assigned for each essay.

2. The final research paper will be evaluated on a 100 point scale following the CCV Grading Rubric for all research papers. Students must receive at least a C- grade on the final research paper to pass the course. The CCV research essay grading rubric may be found under the first module for the course.

4. At the end of the semester, all points received for all essays will be averaged with the weight assigned for each essay strongly considered. Then all points received for each week's assignments will be strongly considered. The instructor will look at the end of the semesterprimarily atthe sum of points received but alsoat the overall quality of all work submitted to determine the final grade.

5. For the best grade possible, students need to post all work by the due dates, complete all aspects of the writing assignment each week and participate fully in all forum discussions. Attendance and participation are also strongly considered. See the syllabus for more specific information about grading.

Grading Criteria:

See the CCV Grading Rubric under the first course module that will be used to evaluate all final drafts of all essays. The grading rubric assigns up to five points for each of 10 items of evaluation. Papers will be graded using that rubric.

For the final grade, in addition to grades assigned for each essay and points assigned for each forum, students who participate in each week's forum throughout the week in response to other students' posts, who complete fully all of the questions posed for each assignment on each forum and who offer original and thoughtful ideas, and when required researched ideas, will achieve the maximum points for a particular forum. All writing assignments require proofreading for grammar and expression errors, need to display the correct essay format when required and be written withEnglish composition 102 level skills.

Final Research paper: Students must receive a C- or better on the final research paper to pass the course.


Content of Posting (highest possible points equal 4)

High Quality = 4 points: Demonstrates a solid understanding of the concepts, topics, and ideas as evidenced by thoughtful responses and questions that show a clear connection (are integrated) with the course material at hand. The posting shows depth and includes many supporting details.

Good Quality = 3 points: Demonstrates an adequate understanding of the concepts, topics, and ideas as evidenced by posting superficial or general statements in the forum. Includes a few details in the posting.

Fair Quality = 2 points: Demonstrates a restricted understanding of the concepts, topics, and ideas as evidenced by posting information that could be derived from prior posts and/or including highly general comments.

Poor Quality = 1-0 points: Writes a general or superficial posting that is unrelated to the discussion at hand and/or posts no comments.

Critical Thinking Evidenced by Posting (highest possible points = 4)

High Quality = 4 points: Demonstrates a critical analysis of an existing posted idea or introduces a different interpretation to an existing concept or idea. Includes comments, discussion, and questions that have a clear connection (are integrated) with the course material at hand.

Good Quality = 3 points: Indicates agreement or disagreement with an existing discussion including a limited explanation or justification. Provides comments, discussion, and questions without a clear connection to the course material at hand.

Fair Quality = 2 points: Indicates agreement or disagreement with an existing discussion but provides no justification or explanation for comments.

Poor Quality = 1-0 points: Provides little or no evidence of agreement or disagreement with existing class discussions.

Mechanics of the Posting (highest possible points = 4)

High Quality = 4 points: Uses complete sentences, organization is clear and thoughtful, the posting is grammatically correct, and free of spelling errors. The tone is clear and respectful.

Good Quality = 3 points: Uses complete sentences, organization is evident, and the posting includes no more than 1 mechanical error (grammar, spelling, usage) per paragraph. The tone is clear and respectful.

Fair Quality = 2 points: Uses complete sentences and the posting is comprehensible. The organization could be improved to present a more coherent argument, statement, or question. Includes 2-3 mechanical errors grammar, spelling, usage) per paragraph. The tone is respectful.

Poor Quality = 1-0 points: Uses incomplete sentences, is unstructured in its organization, and includes frequent or consistent errors in mechanics (grammar, spelling, usage) in each paragraph. The posting is not there, is unreadable, and there is a distinct lack of tone.



The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Martha Nichols
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ashraf Alamatouri

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''Syllabus for English Composition II - Spring 2021''

English Composition II
Community College of Vermont
Martha Nichols instructor
Spring 2021



WEEK ONE Introduction
Essay #1 Submit 1st draft Mending Wall
Interviewing as a research technique
Format for essays

WEEK TWO Submit final draft of Essay #1 for grading
Begin Essay #2 - Submit 1st draft I Want a Wife
Quoting as a research technique/signal phrases
Using the Library Databases
Using MLA format/citing sources Chapter 7
Reading: "Why the Pledge of Allegiance Should be Revised"

WEEK THREE Submit final draft of Essay #2 for grading
Begin Essay #3 - 1st draft "Privacy"
Reading: "Everyone is Watching You"
Outline for Privacy Paper

WEEK FOUR Submit second draft of Essay #3 Privacy
Building an Argument
Paraphrasing as a research technique
Project Proposal for final paper
Reading: "Why Fear National ID Cards"

WEEK FIVE Submit final draft of Essay #3 "Privacy" for grading Response to Milgram Study
Summary writing as a research technique
Conduct Research for Final Project
Read: "The Perils of Obedience"

WEEK SIX Reading for Final Project: "The Man He Killed"
Reading for Final Project: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Outline for Final Project
Continue research for final project

WEEK SEVEN Submit draft of firstpage of Final Project
Reading for Final Project: Thoreau Part I
Evaluating Sources
Taking Notes

WEEK EIGHT Submit draft of pages 1-3 of Final Project
Reading for Final Project: Thoreau Part II

WEEK NINE Submit draft of pages1-5 of Final Project
Reading for Final Project: Thoreau Part III

WEEK TEN Submit draft of pages1-7 for Final Project
Annotated Bibliography

WEEK ELEVEN Submit draft of pages 1-10 of Final project
Submit Works Cited page

WEEK TWELVE Submit revision of Final Project

WEEK THIRTEEN Submit final draft of Final Project for grading

WEEK FOURTEEN Submit summary, critique and APA assignment

WEEK FIFTEEN Final Conferences, self-evaluation, informal evaluation of course


Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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