English 2 Overview

Overview: English 2 Curriculum English 2 has a flexible curriculum that is organized around themes of your choosing. In the writing program, we like to call these themes “pressing issues of public concern,” and you have the flexibility to choose the issue for your course. Despite the individualized and thus varying topics, all sections of…

Why Multimodal?

Here at Lehigh University, we recently incorporated a multimodal composition initiative into our first-year writing sequence. Why? For a couple of reasons: First, because we saw it as an effective way to help students develop their writing skills in the context of an evolving and engaging digital landscape. And second, because composing in multimodal genres…

Learning Objectives for Students

Learning Objectives for Students Improve your rhetorical capacities: You will learn to meet the needs of academic and public audiences and to understand the basic conventions of various genres by analyzing and adapting to varying rhetorical situations. Develop Information Literacy Skills: You will practice locating, evaluating, and ethically and persuasively using primary and secondary research…

English 2 Course Design

English 2 Course Design   Essential Elements of English 2: Students should have instruction on and practice in different types of arguments (some mix of causal argument, policy argument, definitional argument, position argument, exploratory argument). Students should learn about (and practice writing) persuasive arguments as responsive to complex rhetorical situations. They should spend time thinking…

Suggested Sequenced Structure

Suggested Sequenced Structure: This is how the sequence of assignments might look using the traditional 4-unit model; however, instructors may choose to restructure the course at their discretion.   Unit 1: short paper at instructor’s discretion 4-5 page paper: instructor may require a specific type of argument (e.g., definitional argument, evaluative argument) or may offer…

Technology Student Resources

Digital Technologies for Multimodal Projects English 2 is a first-year writing course, and the multimodal project is just one element within this larger framework. The purpose of the project is for students to think rhetorically about about how to make arguments in public spaces, and how to work within genres that are more flexible and…