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I. Writing: Students are required to write a series of essays informed by research and articulating fully developed arguments about complex issues related to a course theme. Assignments emphasize those skills and activities in writing and thinking that produce the critical essay and persuasive essay, each of which demands analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. ENGL 2 requires a minimum of 6000 words, at least 4000 of which must be in revised final draft form. There will be a total of nine required essays.
A. Two Essay Assignments: Two major essays are required: a critical essay (global document essay) and a persuasive argument — both of which are researched based.
A critical essay is any essay that demands analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of a text or an issue. Critical essays should include scholarly sources as supporting evidence. Essays might include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. rhetorical analysis: rhetorical frameworks might include Aristotelian, Toulmin, Rogerian, or Mills.
2. visual analysis: film, art work, photograph, advertisement, website.
3. contextual analysis (text- or issue-in-context): requires students to synthesize multiple texts or ideas, seeing each in the context of the others. Contextual frameworks might include the following:
4. theoretical analysis: requires students to determine the underlying values, assumptions, conflicts as it relates to a particular lens (gender, political, ethnic, cultural, socio- economical) or course theme.
5. synthesis essay: requires students to synthesize multiple sources to show how different writers discuss and provide evidence for their viewpoints on a highly debated subject. Students will need to think about each writer’s reasons and assumptions in the debate, and situate these assumptions within a broader context.
The instructor will choose which analysis will be used for student emphasis. The Global Document essay drafts/ critical analysis essay falls into this category.
A persuasive argument requires students to take a position on an issue and use external evidence to support their reasoning. Arguments might include the following: 1. definition: arguing about meaning 2. causal: arguing through causes and effects 3. evaluation: arguing about value 4. proposal: arguing about the future 5. review: arguing about performance 6. commentary: arguing about current issues and events 7. multimodal: arguing by showing, telling, and listening
8. rebuttal: arguing the opposing side
b. Assignment tips
. • The persuasive essay must be researched-based with proper Chicago Style or
MLA citations. Research is an important component of the ENGL 2 curriculum. Please note that a research-based essay that merely reports on a topic is not an appropriate assignment. The purpose is not merely to summarize the views of others on a particular issue; rather, students must take a position on an issue and find appropriate evidence to support their views.