Composition II


Fred D. White and Simone J. Billings. The Well-Crafted Argument: A Guide and Readers. Fourth Edition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2001.

Books ordered through Revolution Books, Pucks Alley


This course will engage in the study and practice of academic and persuasive writing beyond freshman level composition; class activities, reading and written assignments focus on further developing and honing the analytical, interpretative and research skills necessary for college success. Course reading will serve as a basis for critical thinking and writing, although one of the four research and essay assignments will include getting to understand a significant aspect of Hawaii’s social dynamics.
The classroom will be a collaborative and mutually supportive community, in which we will discuss assigned readings, essay drafts, and research, in groups of varying sizes. The emphasis will be on writing as a process of discovery. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, thinking, discussing and writing. The process may include online grammar exercises and individual conferences with the instructor.


  1. The ability to compose college-level writing that achieves a specific purpose and responds adeptly to an identifiable audience.
  2. The ability to provide evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading a text in order to produce finished prose.
  3. The ability to compose an argument that makes use of source material that is relevant, credible and that it is integrated in accordance with an appropriate style guide.

REQUIREMENTS include: Four formal essays totaling at least 5000 words of finished prose (approximately 20 typewritten/printed pages of evaluated/graded work). Drafts and other forms of pre-writing work (including responses to reading assignments, comments on drafts) are required for each essay.