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Cheryl Chaffin MFA, Ph.D.
English Faculty

BA, MFA, Ph.D.
With Cabrillo College since 2002

ENGL 2 89340
Composition and Critical Thinking
Fall Semester 2015 Sept 1-Dec 15
Room WATS A140 11:10 – 12:30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Office: Room WATS A204
Office hours: 10:30-11:00 T/Th


ENGL 2 89335
Composition and Critical Thinking
Fall Semester 2015 Sept 2 – Dec 16
Room WATS A260 6:00 – 9:05 p.m. Wednesdays
Office: Room WATS A204
Office hours: 5:00-5:50 p.m. Wednesdays




English 2 Course Focus:

This course is on the writer as thinker. That means both the published writers we will read as well as each student as a burgeoning writer, thinker, critic! In the first part of the course we will study forms of argumentation and rhetorical analysis. The readings for the rhetorical section of the course are provided as (electronic) PDF documents in the Blackboard classroom. Please download or view the documents online. I’ve also given you a choice of two articles from which to choose for your first rhetorical analysis paper. Second, we examine autobiographical essays in Readings for Writers: Critical Thought, Ethics, and Autobiography (custom course reader available only at the college bookstore on the Aptos campus), focusing on how the writer uses narrative as a mode of critical thinking. We’ll observe the linkages between creative and critical thinking, and analyze how writers build convincing, thoughtful, rational, even poetic (metaphorical), arguments in their work. Third, students will read Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi’s autobiographical Survival in Auschwitz. In his account, authored in 1946 and successfully published in 1958, the author examines what it means to be human given the existence of and his experience in the World War II German death and labor camps of the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Monowitz camp compounds. As the course concludes, student writers will complete a final thematic paper and short exam.

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