Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences

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English 130: Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences
English 110
EST. time to complete:
3 to 9 Months
$289.42/Credit (No Fees)


Continues the work of College Composition I with an emphasis on rhetoric and critical thinking. Requires the writing and production of both primary and secondary research, while asking students to apply that research to larger community issues. Students will practice writing with an immediate and explicit public purpose.

This course asks you to take academic writing skills into the public, to work as an engaged citizen of the information age. We will begin the course by reading about an important social issue, and then we will determine how to use this knowledge to serve our communities.

To that end, you will conduct primary and secondary research projects. Then, you will plan and produce documents that will help inform and persuade the public about your issue and project, such as letters, emails, editorials, websites, and promotional materials.

Through all of these projects, the course will ask you to work rhetorically—to think carefully about the audience, purpose, persona, genre, and timing of your writing, as well as the impact that your writing can have in the community. This course emphasizes active learning through an emphasis on hands-on composition and revision.

By the end of the course, you should:

  • Learn and use key rhetorical concepts through analyzing and composing a variety of texts
  • Learn common formats and/or design features for different kinds of texts
  • Gain experience reading and composing in several genres to understand how genre conventions shape and are shaped by readers’ and writers’ practices and purposes
  • Develop facility in responding to a variety of situations and contexts calling for purposeful shifts in voice, tone, level of formality, design, medium, and/or structure
  • Locate and evaluate (for credibility, sufficiency, accuracy, timeliness, bias and so on) primary and secondary research materials, including journal articles and essays, books, scholarly and professionally established and maintained databases or archives, and informal electronic networks and internet sources
  • Adapt composing processes for a variety of technologies and modalities
  • Experience the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes by working closely with your instructor

Jordynn Jack and Katie   Rose Guest   Pryal, How Writing Works with Readings ISBN-13:978-0199859849  

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, 
They Say/I Say (3rd Edition) ISBN-13:978-03939358441

You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete:

  • 24 Lessons
  • 0 Exams
You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.