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ENGL-101 - English Composition - Laurisa Reyes

Course:English Composition
Professor:Laurisa Reyes
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to English 101! My name is Professor Reyes, and I will be your instructor for this term. This course will be entirely online via Canvas. We will meet both "in person" via Zoom & will have additional video lectures, as well as quizzes, discussion board assignments, and writing assignments. We will be reading two books: They Say, I Say as our main text & The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun. Print or digital editions are acceptable. Please have the books in your possession by the 2nd week of class.

Course Description

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.

By the end of this semester, students will be able to:

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

What to Expect in this Course

In addition to quizzes, discussion board assignments, & reading assignments, students are required to complete a research journal, self-reflection, and three 4-5 page essays, as well as a portfolio revision of one of those essays. There will also be a written final exam at the end of the semester.

Types of Assessments

Weekly Quizzes on the reading assignments
Written Final Exam

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: They Say, I Say by Graff, Birkenstein, Durst (ISBN 978-0393631685)

The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun (ISBN 978-1476730639)

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:

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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.

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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1084