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ENGL 101 - English Composition - Ann O'Bryan

Course:English Composition
Professor:Ann O'Bryan
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



My name is Ann O'Bryan and I look forward to teaching English 101 this semester. I look forward to getting to know each of my students through writing assignments, questions, struggles, and successes. 

A little about me:

I have been teaching English at the college level since 2012. My career began at California State University, Northridge as a MA student. While working toward my degree, I taught Composition classes, much like this one, under the direction of a professor with decades of valuable experience. Once I graduated, in 2014, I began teaching at the community college level. I have taught a mixture of online, hybrid, remote, and face-to-face classes. 

Course Description

According to the COC course catalogue, English 101 "Builds critical reading and expository writing skills through the analysis and evaluation of college-level texts and the composition of well-organized, full-length essays containing properly documented evidence."

What to Expect in this Course

In my course, you will write four essays. You will engage with your classmates on discussion boards and in peer reviews. You will work with online tutors to help you revise your essays. The textbook, Understanding Rhetoric, is necessary to complete many of the discussion posts. Your first essay will be a rhetorical analysis that focuses on short readings provided by me. The second essay will be an evaluative analysis based on one of the three "recommended books" listed in the textbooks section. The third essay will be research-based. The final essay will be a portfolio, where you revise a previous essay and include a reflection. Each of the essay assignments include peer reviews and tutor meetings. You will do the peer reviews and tutor meetings entirely online. You may submit late work for a 50% point penalty. Although, I am sensitive to challenges that come up in life, so I am willing to work with students who notify me in advance of due date conflicts. We will meet twice each week, over Zoom, to discuss relevant issues in the course. We will also engage in writing activities, group work, and lectures. 

Types of Assessments

There are 1,000 points available in this course – the following are your assignments for the semester: A = 90 – 100% B = 80 – 89% C = 70 – 79% D = 60 – 69% F = 0 – 59% 10 Discussion Posts (200 points total) 3 Prewriting Activities (75 points total) Rhetorical Analysis Essay (125 points total)
Evaluative Essay (125 points total)
Research Essay (150 points total)
3 Rough Drafts and Peer Review (150 points total)
3 Tutoring sessions and reflections (75 points total)
1 Final Portfolio (100 points total)

Textbook Information

Required textbook: Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing, 3rd Edition ISBN: 978-1319244996)

Choose ONE of these graphic novels:
The Complete Maus, by Art Spiegelman (ISBN: 978-0679406419)
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi (ISBN: 978-0375714573)
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (ISBN: 978-0618871711)

Other Relevant Course Information

I know reading can be a struggle in college. There are so many textbooks and sometimes they can be incredibly dull! This led me to choose books in a graphic format. My intention is to make reading more engaging and less time-consuming without sacrificing quality. 

The textbook, Understanding Rhetoric, is required and necessary to complete many of the discussion posts. It is designed in a graphic novel-type of format, which (hopefully) makes it more engaging and easier to read. 

I tried to pick a variety of graphic novels for you all to choose from. My hope is that you will identify more with the one of the stories, which will make it more interesting to read. The graphic novels are all memoirs, which means that they are based on true events in the authors' lives. The Complete Maus is Art Speigelman's memoir that tells his father's story of enduring (and surviving) The Holocaust. The story flashes from past, to present, and is told by the author (as a character in the novel) while he interviews his father. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is Marjane Satrapi's memoir that highlights the struggles she endured as a child and teenager growing up during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Fun Home is Alison Bechdel's memoir of her home life with her closeted gay father as well as her own coming out story. 

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 12/08/2023 Sub#: 961