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ENGL 1220 - Composition 2

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: ENGL 1181  (previously ENGL-1180) or ENGL 1210  

No credit after ENGL 1190. The focus of this course is the writing of critical essays based upon readings in literature, and the further development of writing skills learned in ENGL 1181 (previously ENGL-1180) or ENGL 1210. The course places extensive emphasis upon research. Students who have completed ENGL 1190 successfully should NOT take ENGL 1220. Students will NOT receive credit for both.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to discuss the significance of imaginative writing in essays that employ concepts and terminology appropriate to literature and its conventional genres.


  1. Provide at least a rudimentary explanation of the nature of imaginative literature as a vital, creative human activity.
  2. Define a given genre and distinguish it from the other(s).
  3. Identify and explain the apparent attitude of the author towards characters, events, and the audience as well as the principal means used to convey it.
  4. Distinguish kinds of characters in a work of literature by noting the manner of their presentation by a writer and their function in the plot.
  5. Write a statement of the central idea that he or she sees as inherent in a literary work and discuss how the chief details of the work support that statement.
  6. Where it is appropriate and depending on the nature of a particular literary work, discuss those elements of plot that make it successful as entertainment as well as effective in conveying meaning to a reader.
  7. Recognize and discuss the conventions employed by authors writing in a particular genre.
  8. Explain a writer’s intentional departure from the normal ordering, construction, meaning, or use of language for literary purposes.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to continue to write full essays that incorporate a controlling idea stated in an introduction, developed in the essay, and summarized in a conclusion (as English-1220 is part of a sequence of composition courses).


  1. Write full essays that express a controlling idea in an introduction.
  2. Develop the controlling idea in the body of the essay.
  3. Summarize the controlling idea in the conclusion of the essay.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to produce a formal research paper that is explanatory, analytical, or persuasive.


  1. Choose an appropriate topic for the research paper.
  2. Assemble a working bibliography for the research paper.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in note‐taking skills.
  4. Shape a controlling idea for the research paper and develop it in detail.
  5. Select and use a method of organization appropriate to the purpose of the research.
  6. Use and cite sources in the research paper.
  7. Prepare a research paper(s) that conforms to the standards of the MLA format.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
  1. The Worth of Literature
  2. Literary Genres (2 or more of the following):
    1. Fiction
    2. Poetry
    3. Drama
  3. The Features of Literature
    1. Authorial Persona
    2. Characterization
    3. Thematic Idea
    4. Story Line
    5. Literary Conventions
    6. Figurative Language
  4. Writing Research Papers
    1. Choosing Topics
    2. Assembling a Working Bibliography
    3. Taking Notes
    4. Shaping a Controlling Idea
    5. Developing the Controlling Idea
    6. Organizing the Research Paper
    7. Using and Citing Sources (MLA Format)

Primary Faculty
Richie, Karen
Secondary Faculty
Goossen, Carroll
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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