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English: 102 - Mandia

English 102 - College Reading and Composition II

This course develops reading, writing, and critical thinking skills beyond the level achieved in English 101 and requires the writing of a minimum of 10,000 words in essays and a research paper throughout the semester. It emphasizes logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation using literature and literary criticism. Evaluations of texts reveal the multicultural/global aspects of our society, which include traditional and contemporary forms in fiction, poetry, essays, and drama. 


Assignment: Fiction (Paper #1)

PART I (3-pages):

Choose one of the following stories below and write a complete, considered answer.

  • Your thesis statement must be clear, precise and explicit.
    • Support your thesis with specific details, examples and direct quotes from the stories.
  • A paper that does not include direct quotes from the story cannot receive a grade higher than a “C.”

Analyze the character, theme and setting of (1) of the following stories.

  • What social or political point(s) is it making?


“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

“Shooting of an Elephant”

“The Yellow Birds”


PART II (2-pages):

Write a short story.

Assure that it incorporates the literary devices we’ve covered thus far (theme, setting, characters, symbols, etc.)

EXTRA-CREDIT: up to (10) points will be added to your overall grade for presenting
your short story to the class. Please assure that your reading is professional and
appropriate – meaning you speak clearly and have rehearsed.


Use the Search All tab on the library homepage to search all the databases at the same time; sort the results with the Refine Results toolbar on the left side of the results page.


Use the Database tab on the library homepage for specific databases

Recommended Subject Databases Collections:


Individual Databases:

Assignment Requirements

Citation Format:  MLA

Total Length: 5 pages

Part I: 3 pages

  • A paper that does not include direct quotes from the story cannot receive a grade higher than a “C.”
  • Use correct MLA format and citation techniques in your essay and your Works Cited page.

Part II: 2 pages


Navigate to the Find Books tab and use the library catalog search box. 


Connect to the catalog by viewing the books below:

  1. Click on the blue link or image to open the item record in the library catalog. Take note of the school location, call number, and status
  2. To find similar books, click on Catalog Record and look at the Subject Terms to see how the item was cataloged. 
  3. Click on the Subject Term to navigate to items cataloged with that term and view results. 

To begin a new search after viewing a book, click Search/Home on the top left bar.