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ENGL 101 - English Composition - Arthur Kayzakian

Course:English Composition
Professor:Arthur Kayzakian
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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Welcome to English 101 at College of the Canyons! I will be your instructor this semester. I am a poet and love to perform at readings. I love movies and museums. I enjoy meeting new people to learn worldviews, philosophies, and new recipes! This semester we will explore music, culture, race, love, sex, loss, fear, death, grief, drugs, longing, intertwined with many other emotions and experiences we encounter as human beings, and we will interact with one another by engaging in critical reading and writing. My hope is we expand our depth of perception by cultivating knowledge via an online environment. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns:

Course Description

This is an online course. I know that we have busy lives, and outside circumstances often challenge us to complete our academic tasks. Keep in mind, students are required to login to this course at least once per day and complete all assignments via Canvas. To login please visit: We may not meet in person, but there will be written instructions, video tutorials, and audio recordings of lessons. There will also be online conferencing available in real time before papers are due.

What to Expect in this Course

In this class, we will examine a variety of ways to build critical thinking, reading, and expository writing skills. We will focus on the development of expository and argumentative essays, instruction in writing annotated papers, and analysis of various forms of writing. We will explore the various rhetorical effects and strategies of our texts throughout the semester. Not surprisingly, each of us brings a different perspective to the conversation, and I expect these varied perspectives to further enrich our scholarly discussions.


Therefore, students will:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate college-level, non-fiction texts for argument, structure, and rhetorical strategies.
  • Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct full-length essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant research and other evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.

Types of Assessments

All assignments will be completed on Canvas. Students will read various textbooks and documents on Canvas, complete Close Reading Charts, Discussion Boards, Journals, online activities and tasks, write four essays drawing from the text and one final exam online essay.

Textbook Information

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us | ISBN: 978-1-937512-65-1 They Say I Say 4th Ed without readings | ISBN: 978-0-393-63167-8

Other Relevant Course Information

The pace of this class is quite accelerated, I recommend students only taking this class that have taken online courses before and have a STRONG grasp of how to navigate Canvas as well as the campus resources that you have available to you. I am available for all of your inquiries about course content and assignments, but I do not have time to teach students how to navigate the online forum.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 725