Since English 1302 continues the emphasis on critical reading and writing begun in English 1301, students will be expected to have the critical and analytical writing abilities taught in that course. English 1302, however, introduces the student to the formal study of literature, including basic literary terminology and methods of literary analysis. It focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing critically about literary texts in several genres. English 1302 also incorporates a major research component; the student should therefore be taught the process and methods of research, including how to find, evaluate, synthesize, and document researched material.


*Kennedy, X. J. and Dana Gioia. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 4th ed.
     Boston: Pearson, 2012.

A grammar handbook.

*Some instructors may use a different text, so be sure to check with your instructor before buying a textbook.


Literature. The study of literature in English 1302 must include poetry, drama, and fiction. An instructor may
    also include a novel or limit the study of fiction to the short story.

Writing. Building on skills developed in English 1301, students in English 1302 should complete at least five 
critical/analytical assignments, several of which must be in class.

Research. Building on skills developed in English 1301, students in English 1302 should complete ten researched pages on literary topics employing MLA citation procedures. The instructor may assign one ten-page paper or several shorter papers and may require the student to include a prospectus, outline, and note cards; the instructor should remember, however, that the purpose of this research project is primarily to develop research methods, not to develop the instructor's personal research or create graduate-level topics.

Sample Five-Component Major Assignment Breakdown

  • Four Critical Essays. Two may take the form of exams.
  • Typed Research Paper or Papers.