Reading and Composition
CRN: 31949
16 Weeks - Distance Education course 

On Campus Requirements

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Name  James Hall
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Location  by appointment

Purpose: English 101 emphasizes exposition, analysis, argument and research techniques. Utilizing what you already know about writing, this course will expand your ability to think critically and articulate your arguments in the literary analysis essay. Most of the course’s content comes from a collection of culturally diverse short stories. The course often uses exemplary examples of student work to help you discover ways to make your writing more effective. A multi-step research paper completes the learning experience. By synthesizing the knowledge gained throughout the semester, students will create a longer essay that incorporates secondary research.

This course will be based on a distance approach that allows students to work on assignments independently. I will examine your writing and discuss your errors and successes with you. It is important to know that I will require you to work through problems to achieve success. By re-writing drafts, you will learn new ways to get around your barriers.

Goals in English 101:

To read and understand short fiction

To analyze literature insightfully

To develop your innate ability to make and convey meaning through language

To understand various rhetorical terms and principles

To produce writing that synthesizes the views of other writers

To use proper MLA citation

To support or refute a claim using appropriate evidence

To paraphrase and summarize accurately the ideas of others

To use library and Internet sources

To understand and be attentive to the conventions of written discourse

To revise writing in response to critiques

Basic Commitments:

  1. You are here because you choose to be here. Therefore, you care about this class, want to do well, and know you can succeed.
  2. You agree to complete assignments on time.
  3. You know that you can ask questions about your writing and that you need to utilize any comments to improve the standards of your writing.
  4. You will take advantage of all legitimate help, such as tutors, textbooks, internet links, and so forth.
  5. Because it takes time to produce anything of value, you are prepared to spend as much time as needed to fully comprehend the material. The rewards will far outweigh the work.

Course Requirements:

  1. Students are expected to read all class assignments and directions. I trust that you will e-mail with any questions about assignments. A strict timeline will be maintained in this class. Predicaments are unavoidable, however, but special arrangements will not be granted unless you keep in touch with me. Special arrangements are privileges, not rights.
  2. Complete three 1000 word essays which will be left in your portfolio. The portfolio must contain all parts of the assignment, including rough draft(s), and final draft or you will not receive a grade. Essays are due on the assigned date. Late papers will not be accepted. If you have an emergency, e-mail me.
  3. Students will complete a midterm exam.
  4. Revisions are just that—a new vision of the paper. Minor corrections of grammar and mechanics will not change the grade. Think hard about comments written about your paper and consider class discussion of the essays. As a general guideline, at least one fourth of your paper must be new for you to receive credit.
  5. Write one six to seven page research paper.
  6. EPE Exam.

Required Materials:

  • Writing the Research Paper, Anthony C. Winkler and Jo Ray McCuen-Metherell, Thomson Pub., 7th edition. ISBN# 1413011713
  • Perrine’s Story and Structure, Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Thomson Pub., 11th edition. ISBN# 1413022731

Grading Policy: Your final grade in based upon the following:

Essays 1 thru 3 = 100 points each

Research paper = 250 points

Midterm = 100 points

Final = 100 points

Email Accounts 
You will need to use your official Citrus College issued email account. Your email is established when you are registered for classes. You must have access to your email account prior to starting the class.

Details regarding the course are set forth in the class website. When you go there (see below), pay particular attention to the syllabus section and the assignment section.  

Blackboard and WingSpan Information
(Notice:  All Blackboard courses will be available on the first day of classes)
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  •  Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
  • Your WingSpan PIN (Personal Identification Number) becomes your Blackboard password
  • To change your PIN/password requires, change it in WingSpan
  • Data will be transferred from WingSpan to Blackboard on a regular basis

Once you get to the Blackboard welcome page, click on the Reading and Composition course link on the right, and you will go to the course site. Familiarize yourself with the course site and if you have any questions please email your instructor with your concerns. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and the other assignments.   


If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged.