English 2, Section 4
Summer 2018 Syllabus


Jefferson Hancock, Instructor

Email: jehancoc@cabrillo.edu

Office hour: Online, by arrangement

  Course Overview

English 2 is a college composition and critical thinking class. Students entering English 2 have passed English 1A or its equivalent and are familiar with basic conventions of essay writing and research using MLA citation. The class presents strategies for analysis of argument in readings and composition, with critical analysis of non-fiction. Applying critical thinking strategies taught in the class, English students write 6000-8000 words during the semester. Writing assignments include short essays,  research report with MLA citations, discussions, and critical thinking exercises.


Semester Grading

By the end of the semester, 1000 points are possible.

900-1000 points = A

800-899 points = B

700-799 points = C

600-699 points = D

000-599 points = F

  Required Books and Materials:

Books are available at the Cabrillo College Seahawk bookstore, but may be purchased wherever the student chooses. Reading will commence on the first day of class, June 18.

Additional Readings

Additional readings will be assigned according to the class schedule. These readings will be accessed through Canvas.

Essay Submissions

Follow MLA manuscript guidelines. Essays will be via file upload in Canvas, using VerCite source checking software.  Students using .pages program should submit files as PDF, RTF or Doc. The instructor's computer will not read .pages files.

Additionally, Mr. Hancock wants the word count to appear in the upper left hand area the first page.


Students may receive 1-10 points of credit for each discussion. To receive full credit the student must demonstrate knowledge of course concepts and readings, must respond to other students, must write at least 100 words per discussion, and must adhere to standard English spelling and grammar. Late discussions are not accepted.

  Class Policies

  Plagiarism and Cheating

First offense = Grade of F (0 points) on assignment

Second offense = Grade of F in the course.

  Accommodation for Disability

The instructor is happy to accommodate students with disabilities, including hidden disabilities. Students requesting accommodations should contact Mr. Hancock privately and should ensure that they have necessary documentation. To obtain necessary documentation, visit Accessibility Support Center in Room 1073 as soon as possible to arrange accommodations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Write evidence-based essays demonstrating logical reasoning and argumentative skills.
  2. Evaluate logical reasoning and argument in assigned and researched texts.

  Course Objectives:

  1. Develop an argument or analysis with a clear thesis, using specific evidence and unambiguous claims to support the thesis.
  2. Study specific techniques for writing clear, cogent arguments, including definition, summary, deduction, induction, and analysis, as well as a variety of ways to present relevant evidence and defend claims.
  3. Synthesize information, concepts, and ideas from a variety of texts.
  4. Cultivate a practice and process for questioning.
  5. Critically assess how cultural ideologies construct and affect students' thought processes and social institutions.
  6. Determine which method of organization will present an argument most effectively, using logic, persuasion, and the careful arrangement of supporting evidence, examples, and illustrations.
  7. Understand the critical role tone and word choice play in argument, especially language that appeals to reason or emotion, the denotations and connotations of words, concrete and abstract language, and the use of irony, satire, sarcasm, and other literary devices.
  8. Express ideas clearly and directly, avoiding vagueness, ambiguity, wordiness, truisms, cliches, euphemisms, jargon, and generalized or inflated language.
  9. Examine secondary sources purposefully by annotating; taking notes; quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing exactly and effectively; and avoiding plagiarism.
  10. Use a variety of print and on-line sources as well as first-hand research to develop strong arguments.
  11. Apply principles of grammar, usage, and syntax to written assignments.
  12. Analyze the methods of argument used by other writers, including citing authorities, statistical information, examples and analogies, acknowledging opposing positions, presenting counterclaims, etc.
  13. Avoid logical fallacies, errors in reasoning, unexamined assumptions, and personal biases and identify them in one's own arguments and those by published authors.
  14. Read texts closely to identify premises, conclusions, claims, assumptions, and biases in arguments by other writers.
  15. Recognize and evaluate the significance of paradigms (ie. oral traditions, sense of time and space) in determining social, political, and personal realities. Understand that there are valid world views, discourses, and ways of reasoning wholly different from one's own.
  16. Recognize, understand, and critique power arrangements within social and economic systems that have helped to shape social institutions and interactions (ie. gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, anthropocentrism).


updated 6/12/2018