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English Composition II

English Composition II

Sophia's English Composition II course is designed to build upon the concepts taught in English Composition I by focusing on a research perspective. In this course, you will be introduced to proper research techniques for academic writing and will practice navigating the steps of the research process, beginning with a research question and culminating in a final 6-8 page argumentative research essay. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: English and Communication

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English Composition II

Course Description
Sophia's English Composition II course is designed to build upon the concepts taught in English Composition I by focusing on a research perspective. In this course, you will be introduced to proper research techniques for academic writing and will practice navigating the steps of the research process, beginning with a research question and culminating in a final 6-8 page argumentative research essay. Additionally, you will gain experience interacting with and evaluating scholarly research sources outside of those chosen for your final essay.

Assessments and Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 9 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 7 Touchstone assessments (these are writing assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better. 

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to: 

  • Apply the basics of research writing
  • Develop effective research questions and thesis statements
  • Evaluate the types and quality of sources
  • Engage in meaningful analysis of research
  • Apply the principles and techniques of argumentative writing
  • Structure research essays effectively
  • Integrate research according to citation conventions
  • Improve rough drafts using revising and editing skills
  • Polish final drafts using proofreading skills

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference. 

        by Morgan J. on December 1, 2020
        This course was very time consuming and took longer than expected. There were different professors grading each of the assignments and the feedback was not always helpful. One professor would make a suggestion and when I fixed it in the next assignment, another professor would say it was incorrect. Assignments are harshly graded and you can't discuss it with the person who graded it to be able to better understand their comments or your grade. I had to extend this class to be able to finish and I am so happy it is over!!
        by Mark P. on December 1, 2020
        Thank you very much. I enjoyed the class and found it very challenging and comprehension. Mark Pina
        by Allison G. on December 1, 2020
        This was a tough course for me but the learning material was what is necessary to continue on with college level writing. I feel like it has prepared me for researching and writing in my future courses as a Psychology major. The grading was very precise so I suggest anyone who takes this class really check the rubric and review the section materials before working on your Touchstones if you want to get high grades. The feedback on the graded Touchstones was always helpful. I would recommend this class to other students.
        by Paul F. on November 30, 2020
        This was a fun, challenging course.
        by Tyrone F. on November 30, 2020
        I learned a lot from this class. There was a lot of writing but the class was not bad.
        by Ashton R. on November 29, 2020
        I accidentally put the wrong review on English Comp 1. I had no problem with that class. This class I did have many issues. I sent you all an email about it because this feedback box will not let me put my entire feedback in it. Please take the feedback I sent for English 1 down. It is not accurate.
        by Franca M. on November 29, 2020
        This course was quite challenging for me, but I am grateful to God that I passed it. I will like to thank the entire Sophia company , from the people that answer the phones, to the instructors. You are really a great team. Blessings always and stay safe.
        by Erendira S. on November 25, 2020
        Excellent course. Thank you!


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