English Composition II with Sarah Surma

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Course Number: ENG102
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As a continuation of the lessons in English Composition I, this college English composition course focuses on writing analysis and argument. Lessons also explore academic research writing, critical thinking, citation, and documentation.

Students who took the first college English composition course will use a variety of readings to develop several modes of writing, including evaluation, literary analysis, classification, media analysis, illustration, and research-based writing.

In Professor Surma's version of ENG102 students can expect a much more engaging course including,

Diverse Communication Methods

  • E-mail communication gives students the opportunity to submit partial work for review or ask less urgent questions.
  • In-class discussion forums offer students a space to ask general assignment or course lesson questions as well as communicate with their peers.

Assignment Guidance Materials

  • Assignment guidance materials further explain assignment objectives and expectations, they provide helpful tips and sample thesis statements, and finally, they offer suggested essay structures.

Preliminary Essay Evaluations

  • Preliminary essay evaluations (optional) give students the opportunity to have their drafts evaluated by me prior to submitting the final copy for grading.

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  • 10/29/14 by ayetodi
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  • 10/10/14 by sherri
    The course was very informative for developing papers with the proper MLA format, gathering research, and analyzing literature.
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  • 10/10/14 by sherri
    The course was very informative for developing papers with the proper MLA format, gathering research, and analyzing literature.
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  • 9/16/14 by reuvenk91
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  • 8/20/14 by samantha132013
    This course was great, and not overwhelmingly difficult. :)
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  • 8/20/14 by samantha132013
    This course was great, and not overwhelmingly difficult. :)
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  • 8/19/14 by cforshey
    The course was very helpful throughout the English course because I had many tools and study materials that were offered to me! Also, having the close access to the professor was a big help!! In the future I may sign up for more courses! Its great!
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  • 8/19/14 by cforshey
    The course was very helpful throughout the English course because I had many tools and study materials that were offered to me! Also, having the close access to the professor was a big help!! In the future I may sign up for more courses! Its great!
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  • 8/8/14 by b.h.matt
    This course was an excellent online course. Very straightforward and everything that is required is clearly stated.
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  • 8/8/14 by b.h.matt
    This course was an excellent online course. Very straightforward and everything that is required is clearly stated.
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  • 8/4/14 by ahuvikatz
    this course requires you to read Frankenstein by Marry Shelly. You also have to write approximately 8-9 essays.
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  • 7/30/14 by bluesaber94
    It was a very well-organized course. I do not see anything needing to change.
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  • 7/30/14 by bluesaber94
    It was a very well-organized course. I do not see anything needing to change.
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  • 7/25/14 by malkatova94
    it was perfect, i loved it.
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  • 7/25/14 by malkatova94
    it was perfect, i loved it.
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  • 6/25/14 by Emadalyousef
    A good course.
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  • 6/25/14 by Emadalyousef
    A good course.
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  • 4/8/14 by ahuvikatz
    this course requires you to read Frankenstein by Marry Shelly. You also have to write approximately 8-9 essays.
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  • 9/4/13 by circleoverby
    This course requires you to write a bunch of essays, but it gives you what you need to do so.
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  • 8/16/13 by brynaes
    This course challenged overall essay writing as well as analyzing novels and other critique essays.
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  • 7/23/13 by treygreen30
    Simple and easy course. Well suited for those who don't have a lot of time to dedicate to the class.
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  • 7/19/13 by bvsankey
    This course was very well organized and helped strengthen my reading and writing skills.
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  • 7/18/13 by esty300
    the course is good for all level learners
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  • 7/10/13 by draizy
    Intense, but accomplishing.
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Sarah Surma|MA from the University of Phoenix

Total students servedTotal Students Served: 910 and counting

My Experience:
I received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Management and a Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training/E-Learning from University of Phoenix. I have taught an array of online entry-level English courses where I specialize in assisting students develop their writing skills.

What Students Can Expect:
I have a passion for teaching online, and my dedication to student success is evident by my consistent presence and convenient availability in the virtual classroom. I understand that it is imperative for students to receive answers to their questions quickly so that they feel comfortable moving forward in the course and with assignments. When students understand course concepts, they gain a learning confidence that allows them to move through the course at their preferred pace. Students will also benefit from supplemental guidance materials that clearly explain assignment expectations as well as general writing tips.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe literary and media genres.
  • Write a variety of essays requiring analysis, evaluation, and research.
  • Choose effective organization patterns to support an essay's rhetorical style.
  • Examine literary and media techniques to appreciate and analyze purpose, audience, and agenda.
  • Examine plot, setting, characterization, theme, and point of view in film and literature.
  • Conduct research in the library, online, and through interviews, and incorporate that research into written arguments.
  • Read, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Create strong thesis statements based on an analysis of information contained in primary and secondary sources.
  • Appropriately document sources using Modern Language Association (MLA) style.
  • Compose well-supported and well-organized essays based on research and/or personal experience.
  • Revise essays to reflect correct usage, syntax grammar, and mechanics.
Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives
1 Reading Literature
  • Genres of Literature
  • Close REading
  • Elements of Close Reading Specific to Genre
  • Define a "close reading" of a text.
  • Classify a piece of literature as fiction, poetry, drama, or nonfiction.
  • Compare and contrast different ways of reading the four basic types of literature.
2 Language Use
  • Symbolism
  • Irony
  • Allegory
  • Imagery
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Interpret symbols, irony, and allegory.
  • Identify imagery and describe its effect.
  • Identify and explain simile and metaphor in literary works.
  • Examine literary elements in a comic or political cartoon analysis.
3 Examining Fiction
  • Fiction Writers in Context
  • Examining Stories that Share a Common Theme
  • Critical Thinking: How Themes Help Us Connect with Works of Fiction
  • Examine ways in which knowing an author's context helps you better understand a story.
  • Evaluate different authors' treatments of the same theme.
  • Describe how having your own life experience with a particular theme lets you read fiction more critically.
4 Evaluation
  • Introduction to Evaluation
  • Evaluation Strategies
  • Writing an Evaluation Essay
  • Examine an author's language, style, evidence, and purpose to evaluate a written piece.
  • Develop an informed opinion, and present it in a written essay.
  • Recognize logical flaws and avoid them in writing.
5 Writing about Literature
  • Inventing a Thesis
  • Defining Your Audience
  • Writing and Revising: Supporting Your Thesis
  • Editing and Proofreading: Giving a Paper the Final Touch
  • Describe several strategies available for creating a thesis.
  • Purposefully choose a paper's audience.
  • Write a well-organized paper that strongly supports its thesis.
  • Write well-organized paragraphs that strongly support their topic sentences.
  • Identify and correct awkward sentences and punctuation errors.
  • Write an well-organized essay, applying the themes of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to modern day life.
6 The Interview
  • Introduction to Interviewing
  • Interviewing Strategies
  • Using Interview Data in Research
  • Prepare for a successful research interview.
  • Complete a professional interview to elicit the necessary information
  • Incorporate researched information from the interview into a written piece.
7 Research
  • Argument: Defending a Position or Opinion Through Research
  • Sources for Research
  • Accurately Citing Your Sources
  • Define the purpose of a researched proposal letter.
  • Formulate a substantial argument for a researched proposal letter.
  • Locate and evaluate sources to support a research topic.
  • Employ accurate MLA citing.
8 Media Analysis
  • Introduction to Analyzing Broadcast Media and Film
  • Television and Film Analysis Strategies
  • Writing a Film Analysis Essay
  • Analyze a media production by focusing on a specific creative element.
  • Use correct terminology to refer to elements of a media production.
  • Synthesize observations from the film or television production and craft a media analysis essay.
9 Illustration
  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Illustration Strategies
  • Writing an Illustration Essay
  • Create a thesis statement for an illustration essay.
  • Provide illustrations for a claim.
  • Select appropriate examples to support a claim.
  • Use logical explanation to indicate how the examples illustrate your point.
10 Classification
  • Introduction to Classification
  • Classification Strategies
  • Classification and Analysis
  • Writing an Classification Essay
  • Create a purposeful thesis statement for a classification essay.
  • Classify like items or ideas based on their traits.
  • Analyze a larger category and divide a larger category into subgroups that include ALL examples from that category.
  • Define the subgroups, indicating the traits all members must share.
  • Select representative examples and non-examples of items in that group, explaining why they do or do not fit.
11 Review
  • Reading Literature
  • Language Use
  • Examining Fiction
  • Evaluation
  • Writing about Literature
  • The Interview
  • Research
  • Media Analysis
  • Illustration
  • Classification
  • None

StraighterLine suggests, though does not require, that students take English Composition I or its equivalent before enrolling in English Composition II.

Any authorized version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein published in 1818. ISBN: 9780743487580. This text is available for Free Download at this site.

This course follows the research guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA). These guidelines were most recently revised in 2003 in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.). A summary of these guidelines is provided in the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher. If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 1000 points in the course:

Topic

Assessment

Points Available

A1

Graded Quiz A-1: Plagiarism

NA - Required

1

Graded Quiz 1.1: Reading Literature

30

1

Graded Quiz 1.2: Frankenstein

10

2

Graded Quiz 2.1: Symbolism, Allegory, and Irony

30

2

Graded Quiz 2.2: Frankenstein

10

2

Writing Assignment 2-B: Final Draft of the Comic Strip or

Political Cartoon Analysis Essay

50

3

Graded Quiz 3.1: Frankenstein

10

4

Graded Quiz 4.1: Evaluation

30

4

Graded Quiz 4.2: Frankenstein

10

4

Comprehensive Graded Exam: Frankenstein

150

4

Writing Assignment 4-B: Final Draft of the Evaluation Essay

75

5

Graded Quiz 5.1: Thesis Development

10

5

Graded Quiz 5.2: Revising and Editing

30

5

Writing Assignment 5-B: Final Draft of the Frankenstein Application Essay

75

6

Graded Quiz 6.1: Interviewing

30

7

Graded Quiz 7.1: Argument Letter

30

7

Graded Quiz 7.2: Research and Citation

30

7

Writing Assignment 7-B: Final Draft of the Research Proposal Letter

50

8

Graded Quiz 8.1: Media Analysis

30

8

Writing Assignment 8-B: Final Draft of the Media Analysis

50

9

Graded Quiz 9.1: Illustration

30

9

Writing Assignment 9-B: Final Draft of the Illustration Essay

100

10

Final Graded Quiz 10.1: Classification

30

10

Writing Assignment 10-B: Final Draft of the Classification Essay

100

Total

1000

As a continuation of the lessons in English Composition I, this college English composition course focuses on writing analysis and argument. Lessons also explore academic research writing, critical thinking, citation, and documentation.

Students who took the first college English composition course will use a variety of readings to develop several modes of writing, including evaluation, literary analysis, classification, media analysis, illustration, and research-based writing.

In Professor Surma's version of ENG102 students can expect a much more engaging course including,

Diverse Communication Methods

  • E-mail communication gives students the opportunity to submit partial work for review or ask less urgent questions.
  • In-class discussion forums offer students a space to ask general assignment or course lesson questions as well as communicate with their peers.

Assignment Guidance Materials

  • Assignment guidance materials further explain assignment objectives and expectations, they provide helpful tips and sample thesis statements, and finally, they offer suggested essay structures.

Preliminary Essay Evaluations

  • Preliminary essay evaluations (optional) give students the opportunity to have their drafts evaluated by me prior to submitting the final copy for grading.

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