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Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading.

Composition II fulfills Arkansas State University’s General Education goal of preparing students to communicate effectively.  The common Student Learning Outcome for all Composition I courses states that students who successfully complete this course will be able to “construct and deliver a well-organized, logical, and informative oral or written presentation, accurately documented, that demonstrates proficiency in standard American English.”

No two A-State Composition courses will be exactly the same.  However, though assignments and experiences may vary somewhat, the following shared outcomes help to insure that the assignments, writing techniques, workloads, and experiences of all sections will be comparable.

Students who successfully complete this course should demonstrate the ability to:

  • demonstrate rhetorical flexibility through writing and revising a variety of texts in multiple genres and for a variety of college-level audiences and purposes.
  • improve their writing in response to feedback provided by peers, instructors, and/or tutors, and provide constructive, quality feedback to other writers.
  • reflect upon the writing process and themselves as writers.
  • employ awareness of how and when to perform to the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and spelling.
  • critically read a variety of texts (e.g., model student essays, newspaper articles, scholarly articles), and analyze the effectiveness of the rhetorical choices made in these texts.

Developed by the 2013-2014 Composition Committee,
Department of English and Philosophy @ Arkansas State University

Jason Barrett-Fox, Kerri Bennett, Kristi Costello, Rob Lamm, Kat Lecky, Bryan Moore, Marie Patton