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English 201A
Summer 2019:

June 17th, 2018- July 26th, 2018

Instructor:  Laurie Ladd

Email: laurie_ladd@cuesta.edu

----CRN 50175 DE----


Welcome students!  My name is Laurie Ladd, and I look forward to working with you this semester.  This course is a 4 unit USC and SCU transferable class in research and writing.  It will instruct you in research strategies and stretch your skills as a writer and thinker.

What you should know

  • There are no face to face meet times for this class.  The course is completed entirely on Canvas.
  • This is six week class, so it requires a 20-25 hours per week commitment.
  • You should expect to log on to Canvas 4-5 days a week during the six weeks for announcements, scores and assignments.
  • Log on days are flexible.  Check the due dates and manage your time around your own schedule.
  • Throughout the week, I will be available for instruction through the Inbox feature in Canvas.  I will also communicate several times a week by posting announcements that you can easily view on your Canvas Home Page.
  • If you are new to Distance Education (DE), it will not be difficult for you to figure out.  I have a quick and easy Canvas training set up that will take you through the process. This will be available as an assignment as soon as you log in to the class.  I will also be available for extra help.  I'm just a message away!


Course Description: English 201A is a course that provides a study of and practice in the use of language and writing of argumentative/analytical essays and research papers--acceptable for credit at UC, CSU.

Prerequistites: Verification for eligibility for 201A


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Write a fair and persuasive argument that takes a clear position and incorporates differing viewpoints
  • Write an essay that is effectively and clearly organized
  • Find necessary information, assess its value, and use it in a research paper
  • Integrate and document sources clearly and ethically
  • Write clear, grammatical sentences with few errors


Required Texts

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael Sandel

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Regular Effective Contact policy

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly announcements to students, timely and effective feedback on student assignments, and inbox messaging to individuals when needed.


If you have reviewed the above information and have registered for the class, please log into the class on Canvas on June 17th to begin.  I hope to have the class open a few days early, so you can check to see if it's open the week before. If you want to get an early start, you can begin reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.



Canvas and Helpful Links

Please be advised that we will be using Canvas as our class site. If you want to get an early introduction to Canvas or have questions about the Canvas program please refer to these links.  This is optional since I have Canvas Training all set up in the class, and you will be going through most of this when the class opens. 

Access to Canvas: “Quick Reference Guide”:

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/distance_ed_students/Canvas_Quick_Reference_Students.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Canvas Student Guide:


Access to Video Tours of Canvas Features:

http://www.cuesta.edu/academics/distance/fac_de_resources/Student_Videos.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


FAQ for Technical Considerations

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/faqs_technical.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.


Access to Class Site: This link takes you to the dashboard for our class homepage:



Mobile app to access Canvas:

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9208 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Help and Technical Support (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • For issues related to technical issues, send an email to:




Disability Student Programs and Services
If you have a physical, mental, or learning disability that requires any special accommodation, please contact Disabled Student Programs and Services:


I will be happy to discuss and work with you on your need for accommodations.



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