English 2 Online

English 2 (Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking) is a transfer-level course which teaches students to read and analyze college-level texts and to write college-level papers with the focus on critical thinking approaches. This online version of English 2 requires no face-to-face meetings. All coursework will be done online using a course management software, CANVAS. Students will need access to the internet and an email account. Though not required, a high-speed internet connection is suggested.

Course Description:

In this course we learn the techniques and practice of personal, analytical and argumentative writing based on our critical reading of texts. This course is designed to teach you to write an organized, well-developed expository essay with a minimum number of mechanical errors--in short, to write college-level prose. To this end, we will address the writing process (pre-writing, writing and revising) as well as questions of sentence structure and error identification.

Required Texts:

Donald & Christine McQuade, Seeing & Writing 4

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

OPTIONAL but Recommended Text:

Rosenwasser and Stephen, Writing Analytically, 6th edition

All texts are available at the De Anza College Bookstore

Course Requirements:

This class will require approximately 8,000 words of graded writing: 4 essays and drafts, several short writing assignments, online discussion assignments, and a final exam analytical paper. All coursework will be submitted through the course management software or by email. Each assignment is described in detail on our class web site.
  • Essays and Drafts: The graded essays counting for the bulk of your course grade will be formal writing assignments graded numerically according to a grading standard. The essays will be analytical responses to the required texts. Most of the essays will involve peer editing, the first drafts reviewed and critiqued through online discussion groups. TO HAVE A CHANCE OF PASSING THIS COURSE YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS AND FINAL PAPER. Late essays will be penalized in points. Failure to submit essays in a timely manner will result in being dropped from the course. Instances of plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will fail the course if you plagiarize ideas or parts of a paper. Throughout the quarter we will work on integrating and citing outside sources in your essays. All essays and the final paper will be submitted on our course site AND on Turnitin.com.
  • Final Exam Analytical Essay: For your final exam you write an analysis of the novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, utilizing the techniques and approaches that you learned throughout the quarter.
  • Discussion Assignments: For every essay assignment there will be discussion forums set up to facilitate informal writing assignments consisting of posting responses to discussion questions and prompts and responding to a classmate’s post. There will be due dates for the initial posts and responses to a post, and the discussion forums will remain open until the corresponding essay is due. 


Essays, short writing assignments 50%

Final Exam Paper 25%

Discussion Assignments 25%

Grading Scale by %:

A=93+; A-=90-92; B+=87-89; B=83-86; B-=80-82; C+=77-79; C=70-76; D=60+; F=below 60

A Suggested Routine for doing the coursework:

  • Log in to the class web site on a regular basis.
  • Check the schedule of reading and writing assignments in the weekly lessons.
  • Read the weekly lessons and access course materials (if necessary).
  • Participate in class discussion by posting responses to discussion assignments in the Discussion Forums.
  • Ask questions about course materials and assignments in the appropriate Discussion Forum. Please note the particular areas for posting general questions about the course and specific questions about the readings and assignments. Asking questions is an important part of this class for it initiates the feedback process that is crucial to online instruction.
  • If you do not understand something, DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTOR by messaging or by email.  For those questions whose responses you think will benefit others in the class, please post in the appropriate Discussion Forum.
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