English Composition 1B
Dr. Julie Sparks
English 1B Course Guidelines
English 1B is the second course in SJSU’s two-semester lower-division composition
sequence. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and
broadening and deepening students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes
of college writing, English 1B differs from English 1A in its emphasis on persuasive and
critical writing (with less attention paid to the personal essay), its requirement for fewer
but longer essays, and its introduction to writing informed by research. Students will
develop sophistication in writing analytical, argumentative, and critical essays; a mature
writing style appropriate to university discourse; reading abilities that will provide an
adequate foundation for upper-division work; proficiency in basic library research skills
and in writing papers informed by research; and mastery of the mechanics of writing.
Passage of Written Communication 1A or approved equivalent course.
Global Issues, Local Arguments: Readings for Writing 2
by June Johnson
Lecture, discussion, in-class writing, small-group work.
Building on the college-level proficiencies required in English 1A, students
shall achieve the ability to write complete essays that demonstrate advanced proficiency
of the following:
Clear and effective communication of meaning.
An identifiable focus (argumentative essays will state their thesis clearly and will
show an awareness, implied or stated, of some opposing point of view).
An appropriate voice that demonstrates an awareness of audience and purpose.
Careful attention to review and revision.
Effective and correct use of supporting materials, including independent research
(e.g., quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing, and citing sources);
Effective analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and synthesis of ideas encountered
in multiple readings.
Effective organization and development of ideas at paragraph and essay levels.
Appropriate and effective sentence structure and diction.
Command of conventional mechanics (e.g., punctuation, spelling, reference,