*Composition II - ENGL 1213

Course Overview:
Composition II is a General Education course that continues to develop writing skills in more formal and academic contexts through practice in rhetoric, argumentation, and research. ENGL 2213 is recommended as a substitute course for students who score 25 or above on the English portion of the ACT.

Intended Outcomes

As a part of this course, you will meet the following SNU General Education Learning Outcome that states “SNU students”:

…are able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by individuals and society. (Critical Thinking/Discernment)
…can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing. (Effective Communication)

Course Materials

1. Access to computer meeting technical requirements

2. They Say/I Say 2nd edition by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

3. The Easy Writer 3rd or 4th edition by Andrea Lunsford

Overview of Course Assignments

Specific instructions are found on the link for each activity and/or the Weekly Assignment sheet. All assignments are graded on quality of composition and thought. Points are not assigned for completion.

You will be required to research online, interact with course material on Moodle, as well as apply and shared your knowledge in various forums on Moodle. The bulk of your grade will come from 3 essays (Evaluation, Rhetorical Analysis & Argument) and an annotated bibliography. The final topic of our course, Research/Argument, will require quite a bit of work and culminate in a 7-8 page essay.

You will be required to make frequent posts online as well as responding to the posts of others. These are important as they take the place of in class conversations. Be thorough in your posts, follow all rules of grammar and mechanics (proofread), and be thoughtful. When you respond to the posts of others, be just as thoughtful. These should not be yes/no or I agree/disagree responses. Engage one another.

All drafts are required to have the following:
They must be typed and double-spaced.
Font-size must be Times New Roman 12pt. MLA style (see The Easy Writer)
No cover page is needed.
The full number of pages required. i.e. 3 ½ or 3 ¾ pages do not count if the requirement is 4-5 pages.
See each individual essay assignment sheet for more detailed instructions.

Overview of Course Assignments, Objectives, Activities, Points:

Major Writing Assignments- 60% of grade




Establish a writing baseline upon entry into course.

Writing Sample


Develop criteria and evaluate a topic.



Analyze an argument examining it for rhetorical strategies including appeals

Rhetorical Analysis


Summarize, evaluate, and cite sources.

Annotated Bibliography


Write a well-organized essay integrating multiple sources persuasively supporting an idea.

Argument Research Essay


Other Class Activities - 40% of grade



Reflect upon learning progress.

Weekly Journals (6 total)

Link to Journal Rubric

Compose responses and work collaboratively.

Weekly Forums

Link to Forum Rubric

Compose and work collaboratively.

GoogleDoc Group Activities

Practice and improve writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing).

Pre-writing and Revising Activities

Build skills ensuring academic integrity.

Avoiding Plagiarism Assignments

Remember, this course uses weighted grading. Even though Major Writing Assignments may have less points available, it actually contributes more to your total grade. The gradebook will be kept current so you are always aware of where you stand. 


If you need assistance with a learning, physical or psychological disability that may affect your academic progress, you are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Director at (405)491-6694 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students with disabilities are encouraged to seek assistance.