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English 200 - Advanced Composition

ENG* 200: Advanced Composition

This course is designed to develop and refine the advanced skills learned in ENG* 101 that are essential for both academic and professional writing. Emphasis will be on research and writing from data (outside sources). The main areas covered will be exposition, argumentation, and the research paper.


Essay One



Essay One Topic/Theme: Food

Readings: Food Inc., “Lifeboat Ethics”, or “How Will We Feed the World” and at least 4 additional outside sources, including at least 2 found through the library databases

Essay Focus: Choose an angle from which to analyze a topic related to food, using specific details and examples obtained through research to illustrate your argument.

Thesis: Create an original thesis statement based on your specific argument inspired by our classwork and discussions and your independent research. Your essay must prove your thesis through thoughtful development of your ideas, strong and relevant support, and your original analysis.

Essay Format: Your essay must meet page length requirements (6-8 pages) and be in correct MLA format (see syllabus, handout on format, and submission materials listed above).

Essay Requirements/Grading Criteria:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the standards of academic writing (format, voice, organization, etc.).
  • Demonstrate an ability to clearly define an issue in the context of existing scholarship, take a clear stance, and convincingly argue in support of that stance.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use library resources for academic research.
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesize materials from sources and effectively incorporate research materials into essay.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the conventions of documentation, using MLA style.

(see syllabus)