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English Composition II - ENGL 1213

Resources to assist students in English Composition II research and write their essays.


Throughout English composition II, you will explore, research, and create arguments about an issue of your choosing.  The primary goal is to highlight a problem that is observable and definable.


The essay should include the following:

  • MLA Format
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pages (double spaced), not including the Works Cited page
  • Works Cited page
  • A minimum of 1 source, other than your personal observations, cited in the paper.  This source may be one you plan to use in the rest of the essays.


For this assignment, write a research proposal on a topic found to be a problem in society.  The research proposal aims to give a good overview of the problem, propose what you expect to accomplish with your research, and explain how you plan to conduct your research.

The topic you choose for this paper will be researched and used throughout the entire semester.  To complete this assignment, you should:

  • Use Invention techniques to identify possible research problems.
  • Plan and organize your proposal.
  • Establish a thesis and academic level paragraphs.
  • Write a rough draft and complete revision exercises.
  • Submit a polished academic level essay using MLA format.

Methods of Organization

Introduction of the issue or problem that your research will address and attempt to resolve. 

  • What is the significance of the issue?
  • Provide insight into the relevance of the issue and a thesis that states the proposal's main point(s).

Summary of what you already know about the issue. 

  • Explain and describe what you already know about the issue. 
  • How does the issue impact society?
  • What factor (s) contribute to the issue's ongoing presence?

Summary of your research approach. 

  • Explain what more you need to learn about the issue. 
  • What do you plan to research regarding the issue? 
  • Will you have to clarify terms and concepts? 
  • What research is needed for the opposing viewpoint? 
  • What kinds of sources will you use for your research? 
  • What strengths will they lend to the paper? 
  • How will they help clarify the points you want to make?
  • How will you gather your sources?

Summary of your intended audience. 

  • Describe the intended audience for your research; who needs to know about this issue? 
  • Is the audience general, specialized, or both? 
  • Discuss what people or groups of people might benefit from reading your paper; how will you audience benefit from your research?

Conclusion that addresses what is at stake if the problem is not solved, and why it is worthy of a solution.


This assignment helps you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in school and your professional life beyond school.  In this assignment you will:

  • Develop skills in thinking about and designing a comprehensive research paper
  • Identify logical steps that must be taken to accomplish one's research goals
  • Improve general research and writing skills
  • Compose a well-organized, paper that includes an introduction, body, and conclusion