2, Section 4
Summer 2018 Syllabus
Online, by arrangement
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.
- Three (3) Essays (1000-1500
words each, 200 points each, 600 points total, 60% of grade)
- Research Paper (2000-2500
words, 300 points, 30% of grade)
- Discussions (5 discussions @
10 points each = 50 points, 5% of grade)
- Chapter Exercises Writing
Logically, Thinking Critically (9 sets of exercises
or discussion questions @ 5 points each = 45 points, 4.5% of
- Instructor Communication (1
point for each submission, 5 points maximum = .5% of grade).
By the end of the
semester, 1000 points are possible.
900-1000 points =
800-899 points = B
700-799 points = C
600-699 points = D
000-599 points = F
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.
readings will be assigned according to the class schedule.
These readings will be accessed through Canvas.
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.
Hancock wants the word
count to appear in the upper left hand area the first
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
Late essays only are accepted only by
arrangement with the instructor and receive point
deduction commensurate with the value of the assignment.
- Late discussion entries receive no credit.
Work more than one week late is not accepted.
No extra credit.
Adhere to rules of public discourse. Discussion
comments must relate to course content. No insults or rude
remarks. No sexual harassment. No snide comments. No
Disruptive students will be privately and
politely warned once, then
Plagiarism and Cheating
First offense =
Grade of F (0 points) on assignment
Second offense =
Grade of F in the course.
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:
evidence-based essays demonstrating logical reasoning and
logical reasoning and argument in assigned and researched
- Develop an argument or analysis with a
clear thesis, using specific evidence and unambiguous claims
to support the thesis.
- 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.
- Synthesize information, concepts, and ideas
from a variety of texts.
- Cultivate a practice and process for
- Critically assess how cultural ideologies
construct and affect students' thought processes and social
- Determine which method of organization will
present an argument most effectively, using logic,
persuasion, and the careful arrangement of supporting
evidence, examples, and illustrations.
- 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.
- Express ideas clearly and directly,
avoiding vagueness, ambiguity, wordiness, truisms, cliches,
euphemisms, jargon, and generalized or inflated language.
- Examine secondary sources purposefully by
annotating; taking notes; quoting, paraphrasing, and
summarizing exactly and effectively; and avoiding
- Use a variety of print and on-line sources
as well as first-hand research to develop strong arguments.
- Apply principles of grammar, usage, and
syntax to written assignments.
- Analyze the methods of argument used by
other writers, including citing authorities, statistical
information, examples and analogies, acknowledging opposing
positions, presenting counterclaims, etc.
- Avoid logical fallacies, errors in
reasoning, unexamined assumptions, and personal biases and
identify them in one's own arguments and those by published
- Read texts closely to identify premises,
conclusions, claims, assumptions, and biases in arguments by
- 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.
- 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).