This book develops students’ writing at the college level, using materials organized around essential parts of the academic writing process. Key topics include rhetorical situations; the editing process; types and modes of academic writing; the research process; citation practices; informative and persuasive writing.
This book uses the 7th edition of the MLA Citation and Style Guide.
English Composition II helps students develop more advanced writing skills than English Composition I. The course also reviews and incorporates some of the same skills. This course teaches research skills by emphasizing the development of advanced analytical/critical reading skills, proficiency in investigative research, and the writing of persuasive prose including documented and researched argumentative essays. A major component of this course will be an emphasis on the research process and information literacy.
Based on the materials faculty developed for English Composition II as a part of the Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative (KOCI).
From CCAC faculty: "This resource is incredibly detailed in terms of its chapters: it covers everything from the history of children's literature to fairy tales, fiction, and non-fiction (all required elements for the learning outcomes on the course master syllabus). As a bonus, the book contains a section on banned books, a topic I plan to organize the course around . It also delves into YA literature, which I plan to include in the course. The book in written in an engaging, conversational style that is superior to the textbook I was going to use. It also contains a multitude of links to outside resources: YouTube videos, fanfiction sites, articles, scholarly criticism, and more. Overall, I would strongly recommend this resource to my colleagues teaching Children's Literature as this 489-page resource truly covers every component of our course (and then some!)."
At a time when all subjects seem to be valued only for their testability, this book tries to show the value of reading and studying literature, even earlier literature. It shows students, some of whom will themselves become teachers, that literature actually has something to say to them. Furthermore, it shows that literature is meant to be enjoyed, that, as the Roman poet Horace (and his Renaissance disciple Sir Philip Sidney) said, the functions of literature are to teach and to delight.
Writing is difficult. There is no magic solution that will make writing as enjoyable as sun tanning or eating cake, but we hope to make the task a little easier. That’s why The Nature of Writing provides instructional videos, prose explanations, and exercises–all to give you the confidence to write with style.
The goal of this book is to guide you through this process of research writing by emphasizing a series of exercises that touch on different and related parts of the research process. This book is an introduction to academic writing and research.
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