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English 110 - Composition and Literature - Ruth Rassool

Course:Composition and Literature
Professor:Ruth Rassool
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Welcome to English 110 - Composition & Literature. I am excited to spend a short time with you looking at Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.

Course Description

In this class we will build on the critical thinking, reading, and writing practices begun in English 101, offering instruction in analytical, critical, and argumentative writing, critical thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation through the study of literary works from major genres, while developing close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature.


What to Expect in this Course

Each week will begin with a video lecture. There are no formal class meeting times as this is an online class; however, you should expect to work on assignments and readings throughout the week. 

Types of Assessments

Expect weekly discussions and written assignments that prepare for your papers on each genre. The text book also provides quizzes and close reading assignments

Textbook Information

There are a number of purchase options for the Norton Introduction to Literature, Portable 14th edition by Kelly Mays. 

  • ISBN: 978-1-324-04470-3
  • hardcopy -rent, or buy new or used
  • E-book. Link available in Canvas
  • hardcopy + InQuizitive, Close Reading Workshops, and MLA Citation Booklet for the Portable 14e of The Norton Introduction to Literature. Link available in Canvas

Other Relevant Course Information

This is an 8 week course. Working consistently throughout this short time will ensure success; don't wait until the end of the course and try to make up work.

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.

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: 05/31/2023 Sub#: 1586