Composition and Literature continues the emphasis on writing. Two analytical papers—based upon studies of the short story, poetry, and drama—and a research paper, sequentially developed, are required.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
English 102 continues the development of college-level writing skills and practice, providing the student with opportunities to: evaluate literature from a biblical worldview; examine structure, aesthetics, and issues; and organize thinking in written form. In addition, the research paper requirement strengthens the student’s skills in investigating, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the ideas of others while also sharpening the student’s expression of his/her own conclusions. The introduction to literature enriches the student’s general understanding of human experience, which will assist him/her in subsequent courses and in life.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Write a persuasive analysis of a literary work.
- Write with clarity.
- Recognize standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction), phraseology, and sentence structure.
- Apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision.
- Proceed independently through the various stages of research and to integrate sources accurately and effectively.
- Identify the theme and structure of each literary selection as well as the significant characteristics or elements of each genre studied.
- Evaluate the literary merit of a work.
- Identify the major theories of literary criticism to understand their implications from a biblical worldview.
- Identify ideas in literature to evaluate them from a biblical worldview.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (2)
Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 1 classmate’s thread. For Discussion Board Forum 1, the thread must be 250–300 words and the reply must be 250–300 words. For Discussion Board Forum 2, the thread must be 100–150 words and the reply must be 75–100 words. Both the thread and the reply must demonstrate correct, formal writing style. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, G, H, I)
Fiction Essay (with Thesis and Outline)
The student will compose a 750-word essay (3–4 pages) that compares and contrasts 2 stories from the Fiction Unit. The essay must focus on 1 or more of the elements of fiction that is covered in the course. The essay must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the essay. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the essay. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, F, G)
Poetry Essay (with Thesis and Outline)
The student will compose a 750-word essay (3–4 pages) that analyzes 1 piece of poetry covered in the Poetry Unit. The essay must include a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the essay. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis and outline prior to the essay. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, F, G)
Research Paper (with Thesis, Outline, Draft, and Bibliography)
The student will compose a final research paper of at least 1,500 words (5–7 pages) that incorporates a minimum of 6 citations, including the primary source and at least 5 secondary, scholarly sources. The research paper must have a title page, thesis statement, and outline followed by the paper and a correctly documented works cited page. The student will have the opportunity to receive instructor feedback by submitting the thesis, outline, draft, and bibliography prior to the research paper. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
In the module/week before each test, the student will take a pre-test that will help him/her prepare for the subsequent test. Each pre-test will be open-book/open-notes; consist of 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions; and have a 1-hour time limit. The student may take each pre-test as many times as he/she likes until the due date. The final attempt will be counted toward the final grade. (MLOs: C, F, H, I)
The student will take 3 tests. Each test will be open-book/open-notes; consist of 50 multiple-choice, true/false, and reading comprehension questions; and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. Unlike the pre-tests, the student may only take each test once. (MLOs: C, F, H, I)