English Composition II
Dr. Marc Schuster
Parkhouse Hall 445
11:10 to 12:35
MW 10:10 to 11:10
This course will involve a lot of work.
If you do not complete all assignments and
readings on time, you will fail.
The following texts are available from the college bookstore:
A Writer’s Reference, 6
Edition with Exercises
by Diana Hacker
They Say/I Say
by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
A grade of “C” or higher in ENG101 (or equivalent).
We’re all familiar with the old cliché that you are what you eat.
notion, allow me to add another:
you are what you know
Just as food nourishes your body,
information nourishes your mind.
Extending this analogy a step further, we might also say that
the information you take into your mind has at least as much potential to change who you are as
the food you take into your body.
Eat ice cream for the rest of your life, and you’ll be in terrible
shape; watch nothing but
, and your mind will atrophy as well.
And as your mind
goes, so goes (I daresay) your character, your identity, your essence—indeed, your very soul.
building, maintaining and continually developing a strong knowledge base, however, you will
gain a stronger sense of your own relationship to the world at large, increase your potential for
living a more meaningful life, and take great strides toward becoming a lifelong learner.
course, you will learn to gather, sort and apply information efficiently and effectively so that you
can build the strong (and ever-increasing) knowledge base you will need in order to become an
effective and consequential citizen of the world.
By the end of the semester, you will be able to:
Define and articulate your need for information in different contexts,
Access information effectively and efficiently,
Evaluate information and its sources critically,
Incorporate information into your knowledge base,
Put information to good use,
Use information ethically and legally, and
Understand and explain all of the objectives listed above.
The attached syllabus lists all reading and writing assignments.
are required to complete all of these assignments by the dates listed.
In addition to keeping up
with these assignments, you will also be responsible for any additional readings and writing
exercises I assign, in-class critiques, and regular attendance, all of which are described below.
In addition to assigning readings from
They Say/I Say
, I have also included a