ENGL 1213 — Composition 2

At Oklahoma State University, we use an outcomes based approach to the teaching of composition. Our program outcomes are derived from the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition. Our outcomes articulate what we want our students to know and to do by the end of each course.  

English 1213 Outcomes

In addition to building upon the outcomes from English 1113, in English 1213, all students will:

  • Critically consume arguments made for a particular audience and explain/represent those arguments accurately and fairly within their given rhetorical context.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of arguments with respect to the values and conventions of the rhetorical contexts in which those arguments were produced.
  • Research a specific, focused scholarly conversation within a designated area of study and be able to describe and explain important questions, accepted truths, and areas of agreement/disagreement within that conversation.
  • Participate in a scholarly conversation by producing a researched argument shaped by the rhetorical practices of those scholars active in the conversation.
  • Apply conventions of academic style through consistently and accurately summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting source materials, citing and distinguishing their own prose from source materials, and utilizing both in-text and bibliographic citation practices from a chosen style guide (such as MLA, APA, or Chicago).


OSU cover blueEveryone's an Author cover imageLunsford, Andrea, et al. Everyone's an Author: with Readings. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2016.

Lewis, Lynn C. ed. Inquiry, Research, and Argument at Oklahoma State University. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2017.

Student Readings and Resources

Teaching Resources:

Workshop Materials

Sample Syllabi  

Assignment Sequence & Samples

 Listening to and Representing an Argument


 Analyzing and Evaluating an Argument


 Describing and Explaining a Scholarly Conversation


 Participating in a Scholarly Conversation

Final Exam (5%)

Instructors must hold a final evaluative experience during the final exam time scheduled by the university. Instructors may determine the nature and form of this exam at their own discretion. Previous instructors have used such forms as reading exams, timed writing, and presentations.