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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 29-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | ENG-1062-VO02 - English Composition II

Online Class

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

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 4 (as of 07-25-24 7:05 AM)
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Christine Brooks
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Writing and Research
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is 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. Demonstrate the ability to apply either APA or MLA citation styles in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
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.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-1062-VO02 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

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


As an instructor, I would like to assist you in improving your ability to actively read, accurately write, effectively speak, and critically listen. This course will help students develop skills necessary for successful college level writing and in their chosen careers. Use the Syllabus and always check Canvas Announcements and Modules. We will use Discussions, Assignments, and the Files. You can access your Grades in Canvas too.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for Evaluation

Essays (3) Assignment #1, #4, 100 pts.

Email Assignment #2 - 30 pts.

Letter - Assignment #3 - 85 pts.

Research Outline - 75 pts.

Research Essay - 150 pts.

Interview - 100 points

Workshop and Sharing (2) 15 pts. each

Reading Responses - 130 pts.

Discussions - 200 pts.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


September 3 - 9 - Argument


* “Stirred and Strained: Pastafarians Should Be Allowed to Practice in Prison” pg. 17

* “Why I Don’t Spare ‘Spare Change’” pg. 255


Assignment #1 - Essay Assigned

Reading Response




September 10 - 16 - Critical Thinking


Read Chapter 1, Critical Thinking pg 3 -

“A Letter to White Teachers of My Black Children” pg. 92

“The Case for a National One-Week Vacation” pg. 96


Assignment #2 – Email your professor – have you read the syllabus? Please read the Syllabus in the Files for a complete view of the course.

Reading Response




Critical Reading and Getting Started


Read Chapter 2, Critical Reading: Getting Started pg. 37

“Porn Isn't Free Speech - on the Web or Anywhere” pg. 69

"The Pro-Free Speech Way to Fight Fake News" pg. 71


Workshop & Sharing (1) for Assignment #1

Assignment #3 - Letter assigned

Reading Response




Critical Reading and Getting Deeper into Arguments


Read Chapter 3, Understanding Rhetorical Appeals pg. 75-

Read Chapter 4Identifying Procedures in Argumentpg. 101

“The Reign of Recycling” pg. 134

“Should Marriage Still Involve Changing a Woman's Name?” pg. 131


Assignment (Essay) #1 Due

Reading Response


Letter Assignment (#3)



Visual Rhetoric: Images as Arguments


Read Chapter 4, Visual Rhetoric: Images as Arguments pg.151-

“The Boston Photographs” pg.184

“Go Ahead, Speak for Yourself” pg.89


Reading Response


Letter Assignment (#3)



Writing an Analysis of an Argument


Read Chapter 5, Writing an Analysis of an Argument pg. 191

“For Environmental Balance, Pick Up a Rifle” pg. 202

“Disability and the Right to Choose” pg. 210


Letter Assignment Due

Assignment (Essay) #4 assigned

Reading Response




Continue with Analysis of an Argument


“Sorry, Nerds: Video Games Are Not a Sport” pg. 212

“Confessions of a Liberal Gun Owner” pg. 214

“The Price of Black Ambition” pg. 217


Reading Response




Developing an Argument of Your Own


Read Chapter 7, Developing an Argument of Your Own pg. 224-

“The American Pipe Dream?” pg. 174

“3 Reasons Why College Still Matters” pg. 440

“How I quit my smartphone addiction and really started living” in the Files on Canvas


Assignment (Essay) #4 Due

Research Outline Assigned

Research Essay - Assigned

Reading Response




Using Sources in Your Argument


Read Chapter 8 “Using Sources” pg. 258

“An Argument for Corporate Responsibility” pg. 312

“Where are you really from” on Canvas

“Communication: It’s Blocking and Its Facilitation” pg. 366-368 only “An Argument for Corporate Responsibility” pg. 387


Assignment #7 - Works Cited Project – 10 sources

Reading Response




Theories in Argument


Read Chapters 9 and 10, pgs. 333 – 348-

“Love is a Fallacy” pg. 377

“Does Ability Determine Expertise?” pg. 325

"Story of an Hour" pg. 413


Reading Response


Outline for Research Due



Research Essay Due


No reading this week. Take the time to proofread and polish your Research Essay. Please feel free to use the online or in person CCV tutors.


Research Essay Due



Interview Assignment - There are several pieces to incorporate. I hope you have fun with this last assignment.


YouTube Video on Canvas

"We Need More Humanities Majors" pg. 446


Work on the Interview Assignment

Reading Response




Continue Interview Assignment


“Screw Finding Your Passion” – in the Files on Canvas


Reading Response




Continue Interview Assignment


"Is Our Obsession with College Fueling a Mental Health Crisis?" pg. 449


Workshop and Sharing (2)

Reading Response






Finding your own poetry - see Canvas for more directions


Interview Assignment Due


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Weekly Schedule –

Tuesdays - the Reading Response is due by 11:59 pm.

Fridays – the Discussion is due by 11:59 pm.

Mondays – the Assignments are due by 11:59 pm.

Please view the Late Paper Policy for late Assignments. Reading Responses and Discussions must be turned in on time.

This course is designed to give you guidance and practice in understanding language and its uses. Skill in rhetoric is essential not only for your college work, but for your career, and as an informed and active citizen in your community. What we accomplish in this course is to become more conscious and skilled in language. Writing is a skill you can improve, not necessarily an inherent talent. You can become a better writer if you make a sincere effort in this course.

Class Participation - Please be willing to share your ideas with the class in the Discussions. Critical Thinking is highly encouraged. Participate fully. You will be commenting, in a positive way, about other students' work. A good attitude is paramount. Be ready to discuss the articles you have read.

Reading Responses - All the readings are bulleted and listed on the syllabus. Each Reading Response is worth 5 points. When you have 130 points I will email you to let you know you have completed the Reading Responses and you won’t have to do any more. This way, if you miss a few Reading Responses, you’ll still be okay. You cannot do extra Reading Responses for a higher grade. Most of you who do them won’t need extra credit. I will pose a broad question you can answer from your point of view for the Reading Responses. You will have to read in order to respond.

Discussions - Please be willing to share your ideas with the class in the Discussions. Critical Thinking is highly encouraged. Sometimes there will be a brief YouTube video for you to watch and comment on. You will also be commenting, in a positive way, about other students' work.

Makeup Policy - There are no makeup Discussions, Reading Responses or class assignments. It defeats the purpose of the assigned work; however, you can afford to miss a few Reading Responses and still earn a good grade. If you miss Discussions and class work all the time it will hurt your grade. See Attendance Policy. Discussions count as Attendance and Class Participation.

Attendance Policy - You will be graded for regular, prepared attendance and for active participation. Attendance will be taken from the Discussions and Reading Responses. More than 2 unexcused absences can lower your grade. Please do the Discussions and Reading Responses on time so you are not marked absent. Discussions and Reading Responses have deadlines. You cannot make them up once they have closed. If you are having difficulty, it’s always a good idea to let your professor know at least 48 hours before Assignments are due. Please submit a doctor’s note for an excused absence.

Academic Dishonesty - Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of information or words from someone else’s writing. This can happen intentionally, when you use someone else’s words as your own, or unintentionally, when you fail to properly cite your sources. It you have questions about how to cite a source, please ask or consult Purdue Owl. If you plagiarize, you are liable to penalties, including failing the course.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Guidelines for Essays -If using Google Docs to turn in assignments, please DO NOT continue to edit past the due date. This will result in the Late Paper Policy. If you use Google Docs change your work to Word or a PDF. Most of you will be amazing and turn your work in and on time. A few students will take advantage of Google Docs and keep editing or deny me access to their document. This cannot happen. Please review the Late Paper Policy. There is a video in the Announcements to show you how to upload Files in Canvas. Please use it. You can use Word or a PDF too. All essays are to be submitted typed and double spaced. Your name, the instructor’s name, the class, and the date should be in the upper left hand corner of page one. The title will be centered. Do not Bold, italicize, or underline your own titles. Use 12 font and Times New Roman for the entire paper. Please use MLA style. Note that your writing in this class is public and will be used for peer review, as well as faculty outside of class.

Late Papers - You will need to plan accordingly to get your paper or other work in on time. Late work can receive an “F” grade. On occasion, true emergencies do arise. Please email me in the event of an emergency at a minimum of 48 hours before the paper is due. I will decide whether you have a true emergency. Each paper is to be submitted on time in the Assignments in Canvas. A 10 point drop will be taken for the first day late. If by chance you do turn in a late paper (which I strongly discourage) and the Assignment has closed, please email with your paper as an attachment as soon as possible. Each day that you do not email your paper to me is an additional 5 point drop. Please Note: A late paper is allowed one time only. Continuous late papers are a problem and will earn an automatic 0.

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. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  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 Integrity

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.