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English 101 - English Composition - John Albert

Course:English Composition
Professor:John Albert
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Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello! My name is John Albert. I have worked 23 years as an adjunct instructor at COC.  I also teach full-time at Canyon High School. I am also a native of Santa Clarita. I graduated from Saugus High in 1990.  I have watched COC go from being three buildings to what it is today.  Teaching English 103 is one the most enjoyable classes for me to teach. I love the opportunity to explore critical thinking with you by analyzing the semiotics found in popular culture. Don't worry. It is easier than you think!  You will see the world differently, and you will be better prepared for the next step in your college and career goals.  I promise you will enjoy the journey and exploration of ideas!  I also understand that each of us has different needs. I hope to get to know each of you and to find ways to help you be successful in our class.  I look forward to hearing from you about what you need to be successful and addressing all your questions in concerns. Please reach out if you like. We can zoom, text, talk, email, or whatever! Whatever makes you feel the most comfortable.  My email is  Thank you for reading this and considering our class! I look forward to meeting you in our virtual world! Take care!

Course Description

The Student Learning Outcomes for English 101 are:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate college-level texts for rhetorical and genre strategies.
  • Compose persuasive, well-organized, grammatically correct essays, synthesizing properly documented and relevant evidence to develop and support a unified thesis.

To achieve these goals, students will learn to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate written and visual texts for rhetorical strategies such as ethos, logos, and pathos, among others;
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the reading process by applying active and critical reading strategies to analyze the meaning of texts;
  • Analyze and critically evaluate a variety of college-level texts, including a book-length argument or a complete literary work;
  • Demonstrate responsibility for the writing process and rhetorical context;
  • Conduct research and critically evaluate appropriate source material(s);
  • Create a thesis statement to structure the essay as a whole;
  • Organize and structure essays in an effective manner;
  • Support arguments by selecting, analyzing and synthesizing evidence such as relevant detail, anecdotes, and well-integrated summaries,
    paraphrases, and quotations;
  • Implement the conventions of standard written English while using a variety of sentence structures;
  • Apply MLA style and citation format;
  • Compose effective short essays in timed-writing situations;
  • Reflect on reading and writing practices in order to improve work habits and skills;

What to Expect in this Course

Ok, you can expect to work for at least two hours outside of class. The work load could be more if it is a shorter term class.  We will usually have some reading to do outside of class that we will use in class. Some weeks require a bit more time because of essays. Sorry, the state requires essays, and essays go with the territory in an English Class. However, You will get plenty of support and examples that will make the process as painless as possible! 

Types of Assessments

You will do the following in the class:

Out of class reading

In-class reading

In-class activities

Journal writing

Essay writing

Tests and quizzes.

Textbook Information

Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing

By  Losh, Qlizabeth / Alexander, Jonathan / Cannon, Kevin

Edition : 2ND 17

Publisher : MAC HIGHER

ISBN 13 : 9781319042134



By  Mcintyre, Lee

Edition : 18

Publisher : PENG RAND

ISBN 13 : 9780262535045

Enemy of the People  (Please get this version of the play. Other version have different page numbers and translations that can make the text confusing.)

By  Ibsen, Henrik Johan

Edition : 99

Publisher : DOVER

ISBN 13 : 9780486406572


Easy Writer with Exercises  (There is a hard copy version of the book. Please check the bookstore for purchasing options. You can find this information online by looking up our course number. )

By  Lunsford, Andrea A.

Edition : 7TH 19

Publisher : MPS PUB

ISBN 13 : 8220107165040


Other Relevant Course Information

English 101 is often consider the gateway to all academic success. I look forward to helping you develop the skills that will make  your more effective and efficient in your academic career and beyond. I know that if  we can persevere through the class together, you will achieve your academic goals and take great strides to reaching your personals goals. We will have a pleasant safe environment to grow and learn. We will explore interest topics and give you new insight not only your writing, but in the world. I hope you allow me to be part of your journey, and I thank you for taking the time to read this! 

Please email me any questions or concerns!

John Albert

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: 06/01/2022 Sub#: 1382