MindEdge's Composition II Learning Resource

Composition II (Research Writing) helps writers focus on building and sustaining a researched argument. The course provides guidance for writing as a process – including choosing a researchable topic, brainstorming techniques, finding viable sources, assessing the credibility of sources, integrating sources through paraphrase and synthesis, crafting citations, creating an organizational strategy, drafting, revising, and editing – with several interactive and optional assignments leading up to the submission of an assignment with each module.

Writers can practice delivering an argument to multiple audiences, with support for a research paper format, a presentation format, an elevator pitch podcast format, and an editorial format.

The course supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary.

Through MindEdge's adaptive learning students can access help for more than 20 topics, including misplaced modifiers, comma splices, active and passive voice, etc. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support real-time student writing and coaching sessions.

There are ten modules in the course:

  1. Introduction to Writing and Reading
  2. Analyzing Argument and Rhetoric
  3. Identifying an Issue
  4. Research and Documentation
  5. Using Research in Your Writing
  6. Synthesizing Research
  7. Re-assessing Your Argument
  8. Writing and Revising the First Draft
  9. Publishing for Different Audiences
  10. Revision and Final Draft
Appendix A: MLA format
Appendix B: APA format
Appendix C: Revision strategies and samples