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101 - English Composition - Ron Dreiling

Course:English Composition
Professor:Ron Dreiling
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hello. My name is Ron Dreiling, and I've been teaching English 101 online and onground at COC for nearly 20 years now, and every year I teach it, I find myself excited and energized about doing so. How can that be? In truth, I'm not entirely sure, but I know it has a lot to do with you, the students who arrive in my class. 

It's your personalities, your past and present situations, your experiences, and your eagerness to achieve your education and life goals that inspires and energizes me to do my best to learn how to become a more effective teacher.  

Challenges typically arise during the course of a semester that can impact your efforts to succeed in the class. Helping you figure out how to best address those challenges requires creativity and dedication on the part of both of us. I like finding ways to help you figure out how you can overcome such challenges.

Course Description

This course 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.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is 100% online and there are NO required face-to-face meetings or in-person video class sessions. Lectures and explanations of concepts will be given in various formats: YouTube videos, PowerPoint presentations, and PDF and Word documents.

The class website opens to registered/enrolled Students at 10:00 am on the first day of the semester.

To avoid being dropped as a no show, registered students must complete a short (30 minutes of your time?) discussion board post prior to the end of the second day of the semester. Complete details are provided at the class website. If you enter the website via a browser (Google, for instance), you will see the Home Page and all the information is provided to guide your next steps. If you enter the website via the Canvas app, click on the Home Page navigation button.

I'll send the class some email messages prior to the first day of class with additional information to help make the first week unfold as smoothly as possible.

All of our work occurs at our class website. I will hold virtual office hours (Zoom), but there will not be an all class mandatory Zoom meeting. I'll provide video content. However, because this course improves students' reading and writing skills, we’ll be doing a lot of reading and writing.

Any time you have a question, send me an email. I'll reply promptly.

In order to successfully complete this course, you must have ready and reliable access to the Internet. You must log into our class's site many times a week and on several different days each week to retrieve and submit assignments, to complete quizzes, and to participate in discussion board activities, and more.

This class will allow you the opportunity to meet deadlines in a manner most convenient to your schedule. For instance, you will never be required to login to the website at a specific time, say . . . 2:15 pm on 18th of a particular month. However, you will have assignment deadlines that must be met (quizzes, discussion board posts, group work, journals, blogs, essays, exams). Often, you can complete work in advance, save it, and then post it at our classroom at the appropriate time. Specific effects of turning in work late are explained in detail for each assignment as are the effects of turning in work too far in advance of the due date.

Types of Assessments

Four multi-paragraph argumentative essays, Outlines, Rough drafts and peer reviews, Discussion Board activities, Reflections, Timed writings, Quizzes.


Textbook Information

Three Required Textbooks:  

1. They Say/I Say 5th edition. Published 2021

ISBN 9780393427516 

This is the class's most important textbook. We use it for every activity. You must acquire the correct textbook. There are a great many versions of this book out there. Only this one works for this class. Match the ISBN number to confirm you hare acquiring the correct textbook. Notice it is a 5th edition and published in 2021. Use the ISBN number! 


 $31.90 New Print

 $23.93 Used Print


 $25.20 New Print RentalReturn by 12/10/22

 $21.45 Used Print RentalReturn by 12/10/22


 $25.00 Digital PurchaseOnline access for 365 Days,

perpetual offline download access

Digital Rights

 $14.67 Digital RentalExpires in 180 Days Digital Rights


2. SIXTH EXTINCTION | Edition: 5th


ISBN: 9780805092998


3. College Success ( Open Textbook: Free.

Other Relevant Course Information

I've been teaching online courses for quite a few years, and the course I have built for English 101 will guide you toward becoming an improved writer and critical thinker. But keep in mind that online courses like this one require a high level of self-initiative. 

I know that completing this course will bring an increase in knowledge about how to communicate more effectively with the written word.  I hope that completing this course will bring a certain level of entertainment and even pleasure.


Ron Dreiling

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: 09/01/2022 Sub#: 86