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English: 102 - Mendoza

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. 


Writing Prompt

This semester we have learned how and why literary devices are used. We have worked on ‘showing vs. telling,’ and the power of creating an image with words. This final assignment will provide the opportunity for you to write and apply literary devices to your own creative narrative. Reflect on the schooling narratives and poetics from this semester, which include Sherman Alexie, Langston Hughes, Gary Soto, Toni Morrison and others. Also, reflect on the various genres we read: autobiographical, fictional narratives, poems, vignettes, and testimonial.   


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Assignment Requirements

Type:  Creative Writing and Acadenic Essay

Citation Format:  MLA

Part I (Creative Response):

Length:  350 words or less

Literary Devices:  5 total uses of at least 3 different types

Part II (Research):

Length:  4-5 pages

Required Sources: At least 4 sources with 2 of those being academic sources


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