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Course Description

This course is an advanced writing course that develops skills in expository, argumentative, descriptive, and narrative writing with an emphasis on research writing.  A prior mastery of basic skills of punctuation, sentence structure, paragraphing, and usage is necessary.  This course is recommended for college-bound students and serves as a prerequisite for College English I if a C- or better is earned.

Major Assignments

There are four-five major essays in Composition II which cover the styles of writing: Descriptive, Expository, Narrative, and Persuasive, including an extended research paper of 8-12 pages.  A cumulative portfolio of work, which includes a reflective paper, is also required and will be explained in detail later in the semester.  In addition to these elements, you will be completing various daily assignments and keeping a writer’s notebook.


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