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English 110 - Literature and Composition - Naomi Tarle

Course:Literature and Composition
Professor:Naomi Tarle
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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Hello Literary Scholars! My name is Naomi Tarle and I am so excited you want to read and write about literature. I am here to help and support you over this quick 5 week online course.

Course Description

What makes a well-crafted literary analysis is often confusing. In order to help you through this we will be reading Joanna Wolfe and Laura Wilder’s Digging into Literature. This text draws on Wilder’s research from across the field where she cataloged how literary critics made their academic arguments. She then sought ways to make these ideas explicit to students. This clarity is what we are after in this class. You will be reading a novel, short fiction, drama, and poetry. If you do not like reading literature, this might not be the class for you!

What to Expect in this Course

  • Because this is a condensed course of only 5 weeks, there is a large amount of reading and writing each week. The total amount of work is the same as a 16 week course, so expect to do 3 times the work on a weekly basis as you would in a regular session. 
    • You should expect to spend approximately 6-12 hours per week logged into the class website viewing and reading handouts, and participating in discussions to replace the “classroom” time this class would have spent if it met face to face. You also should expect to spend approximately 15-30 additional hours per week completing writing assignments and reading from assigned textbooks. 
  • Canvas modules follow a week by week organization with discussion boards based on the reading.
  • Each assigned reading will have a discussion board question that will require initial postings as well as responses to your classmates. 
  • There will be quizzes or reading comprehension written activities each week.
  • There will be a three major papers.
  • There will be one timed final exam.

Types of Assessments

Discussion boards

Formal Essays

Online final exam


Reading comprehension activities 

Textbook Information

Digging into Literature: Strategies for Reading, Analysis and Writing by Wolfe & Wilder ISBN 9781319117283

Weather by Jenny Offill, ISBN 9780345806901

Mr. Burns and Other Plays by Anne Washburn, ISBN 9781559364812

Other Relevant Course Information

This class requires a large time commitment every week and is designed for the motivated literature lover!

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)

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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

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

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Last updated: 03/30/2022 Sub#: 1322