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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. I am so glad you have decided to join this class, and I look forward to getting to know each of you through your writing and discussions. This class will be conducted entirely online. The first day of class begins Monday, February 5th at 8:00am.  The class will be available Sunday, so you have a little extra time to log in and familiarize yourself with the course.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 class will be available the weekend prior to the start of school to give you time to get ready. 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 during the first official day of class on Monday, 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

Course Textbooks – Ebooks are available for both textbooks and fine to use.

The World is a Text: Writing About Visual and Popular Culture Updated Compact Edition by Jonathan Silverman & Dean Rader - 4th edition - ISBN: 9781554813791

Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking by M. Neil Browne & Stuart M. Keeley - 12th edition - ISBN: 9780134431995

Recommended: Rules for Writers by Diane Hacker – any edition 8th or higher is fine

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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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.

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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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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.

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Last updated: 01/13/2024 Sub#: 1430