Composition and LiteratureBack to Course Guide
The course presents concepts for the development of expository writing skills, of library research skills, and of analytical skills used in reviewing and evaluating literature. Areas include analyzing literary works, generating ideas for writing about literary works, writing literary critiques, and preparing a research paper.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Analyzing a literary work to understand and evaluate it precisely.
- Formulating a thesis for critical analysis and argumentation.
- Analyzing a work according to the characteristics of a particular genre, including fiction, poetry, drama, and literary criticism.
- Generating ideas concerning literary works through brainstorming, collaborative learning, and other means of creative thinking.
- Developing a preliminary bibliography for restricting the subject of the literary analysis and for developing a thesis statement.
- Developing strategies for active reading, including marking and annotating a text.
- Taking notes and documenting quotations from resources derived from research.
- Writing effective abstracts and paraphrasing secondary sources.
- Writing an extended literary analysis based on information derived from research.
- Documenting materials or ideas cited from secondary sources of information.
- Distinguishing between plagiarism and the proper documentation of another’s ideas and materials.
- Distinguishing between appropriate uses and applications for different formats, such as APA and MLA.
- Properly documenting parenthetical documentation and works cited.
- Writing a research paper in an accepted format.
- Editing and revising written documents.
- Conducting on-line and computer-based research on literary topics.