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ENG-103 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking - Lorrie Wood

Course:Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Professor:Lorrie Wood
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to English 103! I've been teaching English in various capacities for twenty years, and I am so glad you have decided to join this class. I look forward to getting to know each of you through your writing and discussions. This class will be conducted using an entirely online format. This means that all assignments, discussion, and interaction will take place 100% online. All work will be submitted via Canvas. The first day of class begins Monday, August 22nd.  The class will be available beginning the first day of school. Please keep in mind that even though this is an entirely online, asynchronous class, I do take attendance.  Attending class the first day is mandatory.  Sometime between 8am and 11:00pm please log in to our class and respond to the first discussion board post.  This will simply confirm that you are enrolled in the course and allow me to know if there is room for any potentially waitlisted students.

Course Description

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

Each week students can expect to read applicable articles and debrief/discuss how these relate to critical thinking.  

The textbook, Asking the Right Questions is an engaging activity book with hands-on type questions to engage critical thinking from a more practical point of view.

Discussion boards will be utilized to dialogue between the class.

Types of Assessments

Throughout the course, you will compose three multi-paragraph research-driven essays along with a final research project. Every paper will require you to complete a step-by-step writing process, which will be explained over the first week of class.  Discussion boards will help us work through new writing terms, techniques, and strategies. Likewise, the discussion boards will help reinforce the reading assignments.  In addition to discussion boards, there will be an individual research project.  Students who actively and consistently participate in the course, tend to do well.  Please email me regarding any concerns or questions.  I believe that open communication is a key to learning.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Course Textbooks – Ebooks should be available for both textbooks. 

Silverman, World is a Text, Updated Compact Edition, 18 with ISBN: 9781554813797

"Browne, Asking the Right Questions, 12th Edition with ISBN: 9780134431994"

Other Relevant Course Information

You will find a detailed list of assignments and their points on the syllabus. Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. Please provide instructor about the same time to grade as is provided for assignment completion.  I am usually very prompt in providing grades.  

I look forward to getting to know each of you and trust that this is going to be a great session!

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

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Last updated: 07/31/2022 Sub#: 1430