This course builds on the composition and research skills that you learned in ENG 111. You will learn how to analyze the ideas of others expressed in a variety of formats, and how to write your own well-organized and well-supported opinions.
ENG 112 is organized around three themes important to all of us -- family, nation-building, and culture. In each unit, you will critically read or view a variety of works on a theme. You will post short writings in class discussion forums to practice analyzing what you read, constructing an argument, and citing sources. The short assignments will also help you construct longer essays for each unit. You will review your classmates' writing and suggest ways to strengthen it, and they will do the same for you; this will require everyone to follow the same assignment schedule.
Democracy and scholarship are both strengthened by healthy debate. ENG 112 will help you to analyze complex ideas, form your own opinions, and then express and defend them in writing. With these abilities, and the knowledge you gain in your other courses, you will be capable of taking part in literate discussions of issues in your field of study and in society at large.
If you do well in this course, you will be able to:
- Develop and use a personal writing process for prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and reflecting.
- Critically analyze and present complex ideas.
- Apply rhetorical principles to construct effective arguments.
- Locate, evaluate, and document information to support your arguments.
is no required textbook for this course.
you will be required to view at least two episodes from any family-based TV show. You can watch these on network television or in syndicated cable channels. These shows are also on DVD and can be rented from Netflix, Blockbuster, or other video rental
service of your choice.
addition, you will be required to watch one or two films via a link in BlackBoard.