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ENGL 101 - English Composition - K. Haglund

Course:English Composition
Professor:K. Haglund
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week




Welcome to English 101! I am Kim Haglund, and I will be your instructor for this course. I am looking forward to working with all of you. This is a 100% online class, which means it will be conducted asynchronously online, though live office hours and meetings are available to assist you.  If you need to meet with me, we will make it work! Though you are doing your work without regular class meetings, there are regular deadlines that you need to meet.  I am here to help you along the way, even if you are not used to online learning. 

Please read the entire welcome letter on the pages below before proceeding with the course. These pages will provide you with important information about required materials and required technology, the "virtual" attendance policy, and an overview of the course. I know it might seem tedious, but these are things you really need to understand before enrolling. 

Understanding more about how this particular course is designed and of its requirements will help you get off to a strong start. 

College students have different reasons for attending school, and not everyone enjoys reading and writing even though all students are required to take at least one English composition course. Don't worry if you are coming into this course without much enthusiasm for reading and writing. As long as you participate in class regularly online, do all the assigned work, and participate with an open mind, by the end of the semester you will have learned how to comprehend better anything that you read and to express yourself more clearly and professionally. This class is not just for completing and English requirement: You can apply your writing and reading skills to your majors, work life, home life, and any way you would or need to express yourselves.   And if you are already an enthusiastic reader and skilled writer, this semester's work will enable you to take your reading and writing skills to new heights and to strengthen still more the communication skills so crucial to your future success.

Course Description

The focus of this course will be to help you understand the value of developing your ability to read a wide range of materials on different topics and then engage in conversations with others who have their own views on the topics. We don't have to agree: But, we do need to be respectful, and we will stretch our minds to look at many views.  These conversations will take place online.  If you can learn to enter these conversations with confidence and proficiency, you will be more successful in both your college courses and your future career. Our primary text for the course will be an Open Education Resource (no cost to you) which I will provide for you.  The secondary readings from the required text mentioned above is one you will purchase (new or used, whatever is easiest for you!). 

What to Expect in this Course

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyze and critically evaluate college-level, non-fiction texts for rhetorical and genre strategies.
  2. 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.

Student Specific Objectives

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

Types of Assessments

Essays, quizzes, discussion boards, various other written assignments

Textbook Information

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraquib. ISBN 978 1 937512 5 1 Instructor will provide additional reading materials. The Abdurraquib text will be used starting the second week of class, so make sure you get it asap. 

Other Relevant Course Information

All exams, quizzes, and other assignments will be online. If you have accommodations you need met, please let me know on the first day of the course so that I can make arrangements for you.  You can email me your information at 

Office hours will be held online via Zoom, which the college provides for you via Canvas, so it is important that you make sure you have the appropriate technology. Access information will be made available to you when you log in to the course on Canvas, and I will be available on the first day of class for you to log in and make sure your technology works!

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: 05/30/2022 Sub#: 570