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Course Description

English 1B continues the work begun in 1A, but now the emphasis shifts to writing expository prose in conjunction with reading and analyzing imaginative literature. Students are to write as fledgling critics and use the text as a basis for other forms of reflection. The reading requirement includes short stories, poetry, drama, and at least two novels. Course work will also include fundamentals of research writing. Minimum 6,000 words of formal writing. (C-ID: ENGL 120) PREREQUISITE: English 1A with a grade of "C" or better.

Learning Outcomes

  • Survey, examine, and compare major works of literature, including poetry, drama, and fiction.
  • Examine and analyze literature through the lens of literary theories, including New Criticism, multicultural, biographical, feminist, psychoanalytic, and mythological criticism.
  • Utilize critical theory to interpret texts within cultural and historical contexts, paying particular attention to writers' choice of style, language, tone, structure, symbolism, and character development.
  • Construct a unified, coherent, and developed essay that defends a position.
  • Create an original, college-level research paper on one or more works of literature using correct MLA format for citations.
  • Employ research skills&evaluate sources.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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