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English 103 - Readings & Writing on Popular Culture - Larry Carstens

Course:Readings & Writing on Popular Culture
Professor:Larry Carstens
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Will be posted on Canvas

Welcome to my English 103 Late Start Course!

I’m looking forward to teaching this class and working with you. Please be prepared to set aside significant hours each week to get the reading and writing assignments done. This is a late-start course, but the amount of work you’re expected to do is the same as that of a semester-length class.

Course Description

A few details about how the class will proceed, which will be covered in greater detail in the syllabus: Assignments will be posted on Canvas on the mornings (or evenings before) of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Each time assignments are posted, you will have at least 24 hours (probably until midnight the next day) to complete them. Quizzes and tests on the readings can be done any time during the same time frame (until midnight the next day), but once you start, you will only have a limited time (usually 10 minutes) to complete them. The reason for this is that I would like for you to actually do the reading (even if it takes some time), and not just copy answers from a study guide or the book itself. In order to do well on these quizzes and tests, you need to get the reading done ahead of time. Also, I usually ask questions that can’t be answered just through online study guides or Cliff Notes; in order to succeed on these quizzes, you should set aside the time to get the reading done ahead of time.

What to Expect in this Course

What can you read to prepare for the first week? I would recommend the author’s intro. and first 4 letters of the novel (Frankenstein). You can also read the first chapter of Beyond Feelings.

There is no reading assignment on the first day, but on the following three days of the week, there will be assignments from the novel, Frankenstein. I understand that the language may be a bit of a challenge, but I know, based on the experiences of my previous students, that with some effort, you can do it, and may actually find it interesting and rewarding. The critical thinking text will be Beyond Feelings. Later in the course, the reading assignments will be from Signs of Life in the USA.

Types of Assessments

These are the assessments/assignments that you can expect: online quizzes on assigned readings (3-4 per week), online discussion boards (1-2 per week), an online midterm and Final, and written essay assignments that involve research, and quoting and citing sources in MLA format. 

Textbook Information

The 3 required textbooks are:

1) Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

2) Beyond Feelings, (8th Edition) by Vince Ruggiero

3) Signs of Life in the USA, (10th Edition) edited by Solomon and Maasik

Other Relevant Course Information

Like it says on Rate my Professor: Be ready to read, to write, and learn in Carstens's class. He's a good instructor who cares about his students... but you need to do your part, too! I look forward to working with you!

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 04/05/2024 Sub#: 1735