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English 103 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking - Abram Antler

Course:Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Professor:Abram Antler
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Canvas The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Can

My name is Abram Antler. I am now in my 8th year at College of the Canyons Not that I want to get too into my personal life, but I have a 13-year-old daughter entering the 8th grade and I am an amateur musician. I run and work out in my free time. 

Course Description

English 103 Examines the principles of critical thinking as applied to writing and reading arguments on complex issues. Focuses on close textual analysis, argumentative writing, and logical reasoning. Essay topics may include pop culture, politics, social issues, or moral/ethical issues.

What to Expect in this Course

Please log on to Canvas on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-9:20 a.m. Webcams and microphones are necessary for this course as I am expecting you to work with a partner or small group when we are together for our Online Live classes. We will be working on the writing assignments together and eventually, be conducting peer reviews for the essays that come due. 

Types of Assessments

1) Three finished essay drafts, 3 pages in length + Works Cited page  worth a total of  60 points (20 points each).

2) Midterm examination worth a total of 20 points.

3) Final examination worth a total of 20 points.                                                        

4) Final research paper essay worth a total of 100 points.

5) Canvas module activities worth a total of 50 points.                                                                         

Textbook Information

  1. Current Issues and Enduring Questions, 12th Edition, Sylvan Barnet, Hugo Bedau, and John O’Hara Editors, Bedford St. Martins Publishers, Boston (2019).
  2. A copy of the United States Constitution. 

Other Relevant Course Information

Log on regularly and it is highly recommended that you log on during my office hours (to be posted) often so that you can have questions answered throughout the semester. 

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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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.

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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

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Last updated: 08/09/2021 Sub#: 495