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ENGL 101 - College Composition - Ashley Granillo

Course:College Composition
Professor:Ashley Granillo
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



Welcome to our English Composition class. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your instructor.

My name is Professor Ashley Jean Granillo, but you can call me Prof. G. I have been teaching at College of the Canyons since Fall 2015 and online courses since 2017.

A week prior to the start of the semester, you will receive our class syllabus via your College of the Canyons email. At the same time, I will also open our Canvas course so that you can participate in our orientation module. Both the syllabus and the orientation module are vital to helping you prepare for our class.

I look forward to working with you this semester. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take care,

Professor Granillo

Course Description

This is a 100% online, 16-week College Composition course. In this class, we will actively engage with our reading by annotating and discussing texts, particularly on theme park culture. Additionally, we will craft argumentative essays on theme park rhetoric, culture, and so much more! Gradually, you will learn how to write well-organized and full-length essays in MLA format. More importantly, it is my hope that you will see yourself as a writer and use the writing process from start to finish.

What to Expect in this Course

In this class, we will be using Canvas. This is why it is important to read our Orientation Module. All of the modules following the orientation module, will contain links to readings, videos, and weekly meditations. I recommend using the Canvas Home page to help you navigate our course week-by-week.

This is not a self-paced course. However, each module will open every Friday before the next week’s assignments are due so that you can work ahead.

A week in our class runs from Monday to Sunday. This should give students who have care-taking responsibilities, full-time jobs, and other responsibilities to complete the assignments in a timely manner. I like to keep assignment dates consistent. For instance, I like to end our week with Discussion Board Posts, which will always be due on Friday with responses to peers due on Sunday. All other forms of writing such as reading logs, essay drafts, and essays will be due on Mondays.

Types of Assessments

In this class, you can expected to participate in:

  • Watch and comment on videos
  • Video quizzes
  • Discussion boards
  • Moderated discussion boards
  • Reading Logs
  • Essay Drafts
  • Full-length essays

Textbook Information

English 101 ZCT

We will be using a Zero Cost Textbook. To download please visit:

Click ENGLISH and then select the English 101 – English Composition option.

Additionally, ZCT can be printed in full for a small fee via our Bookstore.


  • Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven | ISBN: 9781510737884

The best way to describe it is Lord of the Flies meets Disneyland, or a Disneyland Dystopia.

After working with horror writer, Stephen Graham Jones author of The Only Good Indians, I learned to appreciate the genre much more than I had in the past, particularly because I realized how much horror serves as a social commentaries about the inequities of our society. However, I understand that horror isn’t for everyone.

Content Warning: Please note that this novel contains depictions of violence and death.

We will be using Fantasticland for the final half of this class. So, while the first half covers the rhetoric and cultural impact of theme parks, the other half of the class will explore the horrifying realities (pun intended) and the impact of these simulated worlds.

Other Relevant Course Information

Our class requires a weekly commitment. Think of our class as going to the gym––in order to strengthen our reading and writing muscles, we have to gradually work on a particular skill on a designated days and not all at once. I don’t know about you, but I never gained muscle mass by spending one day at the gym once a month. If I maintained that momentum, I would never grow and my strength would stagnant. This applies to writing, too! You will not see growth in your skills if you don’t:

  • Devote time to watching and comment on video lectures
  • Annotate readings thoroughly
  • Engage in discussions thoughtfully
  • Write critically

Participation makes up approximately 30% of your grade. If I notice that you do not comment on video lectures, or participate in our weekly discussions, or you miss an assignment, you will lose your participation points.

One thing I ask students in an Online environment each semester is what do you need to make our class better? And more often than not, it’s having peers to connect with. Having you in class is vital not only to your success, but also the success of your peers. Without you, our class would be pretty dull. The more everyone participates, the more interactive and fun––yes, fun!––this class will be.

However, I do understand that life happens. Never hesitate to reach out to talk to me if you find yourself overwhelmed or behind.

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.


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Last updated: 06/03/2021 Sub#: 183