English 1B (Online): Critical Thinking and Writing
Prerequisite: English 1A or 1AH
This course develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through the formal study of argument
and literature. Composition totaling a minimum of 10,000 words serves to correlate writing with reading.
Classroom activities integrate with Writing and Reading Center activities. 72 hours lecture and 18 hours
laboratory. (Letter Grade Only)
Very Short Description of Class
Through a study of argument and literature, this course develops students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing
skills beyond the level achieved in 1A. Please note: this is an online course. A computer with Internet access
is required for this course. Please take a few minutes to review this page: https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/
In this course, you will be asked to read a variety of texts (critical essays, poems, stories, drama, films) and
asked to recognize and analyze their assumptions and assertions, explore their structures and genres, and to
thoughtfully and cogently discuss your analysis in both oral and written forms. Your success in the class will
depend primarily on two factors: carefully and diligently reading and thinking about the reading, and making
clear, reasoned, persuasive, and supported written arguments about what you have read.
Things That I Expect You Can Already Do
Before entering the course, students will be able to:
1. Read and analyze college-level texts with understanding and insight.
2. Compose developed, unified, coherent, stylistically fluent essays of 1000-3000+ words that
3. Gather, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate research into college-level research papers using the
4. Edit your work properly, to ensure for grammatical and mechanical correctness (never hesitate to
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Recognize and explain the principles of formal argument:
demonstrate command of grammar and style, employment of the rhetorical conventions of
academic written discourse, and an ability to reflect critically on the reading and writing
processes at the college level.
ask for help from me or a lab instructor).
2. Read and discuss literary works from a variety of genres – fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction
a. Principles of effective logical analysis
b. Components of argumentation and persuasion in literary and critical works
c. Formal and informal fallacies of language and thought that weaken reasoning
prose – with understanding and insight.
a. Read literary works closely, recognize differences in language use, understand figurative
language, and distinguish between literal and metaphorical meanings.
b. Recognize and appreciate some of the distinctive features of each genre covered.
c. Develop an appreciation for the broad diversity of authorial voices and cultural contexts in
works of literature.
3. Analyze literary works with an understanding of how critical thinking and argumentation can
inform discussions of literature.
a. Distinguish among facts, inferences, and judgments in literary works and discussions of
b. Explain assumptions upon which particular conclusions depend in literary and critical
d. Synthesize diverse interpretive alternatives and demonstrate an ability to assess those
e. Develop an understanding of diverse political, historical, and cultural viewpoints from the
4. Apply principles of sound critical thinking to their own interpretive/ argumentative essays by
composing developed, unified, coherent, and stylistically fluent essays that:
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