The Core Composition Sequence at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

Composition II

English 24 extends the work of English 12, requiring students to apply rhetorical concepts as they read and compose texts in both academic and public genres. Students engage in primary and secondary research in order to develop writing projects that integrate their own ideas, observations, and material from relevant textual sources. Through these projects, students continue to develop their understanding of effective written communication and the various processes involved in research-based writing

Course Learning Outcomes

I. Rhetorical knowledge | Students in Composition 2 will learn to:

  1. Apply rhetorical concepts in reading and composing texts. Commonly considered essential concepts include text, author, audience, purpose, situation/exigence.
  2. Compose in several genres, including academic and public genres, in order to understand how conventions shape readers’ and writers’ practices, purposes, and expectations.
  3. Apply citation conventions in one’s own writing, and reflect on why these conventions exist and how they are used in different genres and contexts.

II. Critical writing & reading | Students in Composition 2 will learn to:

  1. Identify, through careful reading and listening, the relationships between assertion and evidence, patterns of organization, and strategic language choices, across academic and public genres.
  2. Develop a question or line of inquiry and locate and evaluate relevant research materials, including material obtained through primary research.
  3. Compose texts that integrate the writer’s ideas with those from other texts.

III. The craft of writing & reading| Students in Composition 2 will learn to:

  1. Develop a writing project that includes primary and/or secondary research, through multiple versions and document one’s thinking and choices between those iterations/changes.
  2. Select and use appropriate strategies and writing processes for research-based writing.
  3. Reflect on one’s emerging knowledge about the craft of writing, language choices, and language conventions in academic and other public writing contexts.